Clearings in the Bush

Michael Jackson

in Between One and One Another

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780520272330
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520951914 | DOI:
Clearings in the Bush

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This chapter describes a year in the author's life when he lived in an Australian rainforest camp with his wife and son in 1994. He met a man named Peter Fischer, who elected to make his home in the forested watersheds of the Daintree and Bloomfield Rivers. He felt drawn to Fisher for reasons he could not, at first, fully fathom. Fischer's life in his rainforest clearing came as close as any life the author had ever known to absolute acceptance, to the peace that passes all understanding. At once anchorite and sage, Fischer seemed more than reconciled to his lot; he appeared entirely at one with it. The author also shares his thoughts about readjusting to life in Sydney, after a year in the company of bama. He experienced the strangeness of having been away and having returned changed, of being in possession of experiences that no one was particularly interested in or could understand.

Keywords: Peter Fischer; anthropology; Australia; fieldwork; bama; rainforest camp

Chapter.  6520 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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