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Author Lázár, Imre, 1957-

Title Cosmologies of Suffering : Post-communist Transformation, Sacral Communication, and Healing
Published Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (260 pages)
Contents Introduction / Imre Lázár, Agita Lūse -- Talking with the departed ones : shamanic death ritual in a post-socialist society / Galina Lindquist -- Downloading cosmic energy : intersection of faith-based and health-care practices (the Novosibirks case) / Tatiana Barchunova -- Interpreting a case of vitiation / Vilmos Keszegh -- Metaphors of the New Age purification practices / Dorota Hall -- Regressing into the past : past lives and collective memory in post-socialist Slovenia / Barbara Potrata -- Embodied and displaced history : spiritual empowerment in post-communist Hungary / Imre Lázár -- The body of the saint : iconographies of suffering in a Catholic commemoration ceremony in Vukovar, Croatia / Michaela Schäuble -- The voices of collapse : destructive and self-destructive expressions among the former miners in Walłbrzych (south Poland) / Thomas Rakowski -- 'Apocalypse Now!' : interpretations of HIV/AIDS in an urban township in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe / Alexander Rödlach
Summary The edited volume elaborates on a range of themes that emerged during a workshop of the 8th biennial of the European Association of Social Anthropologists in Vienna in 2004. Among these themes are: the paradoxical permanence of 'transition' in post-communist countries, the accompanying persistence of social suffering and the structural conditions that give rise to it. A final theme focuses on the resources that people mobilize to cope Other suffering and trauma. Ways of coping manifest a stan .
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Post-communism -- Religious aspects.
Suffering -- Former communist countries -- Religious aspects.
Former communist countries -- Religion.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1282035703
1443804002 (electronic bk.)
9781443804004 (electronic bk.)