Vessels of Harnessed Fortune

Rebecca M. Empson

in Harnessing Fortune

Published by British Academy

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264737
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191753992 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

Vessels of Harnessed Fortune

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This chapter examines practices by which a household manages its fortune through attention to its herds and in mountain ceremonies. These practices point to domestic ways of forging a sense of personhood in the present, whereby people are viewed as the custodians of the land in which they currently live. They also involve attention to particular objects and so they highlight the moral means by which fortune is harnessed and contained.

Keywords: households; herds; mountain ceremonies; personhood

Chapter.  16642 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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