In Bed with Pascal Dibie : «Ethnologie de la chambre à coucher»

Still digging into my ‘French Anthropologists’ box, Pascal Dibie’s ‘’Ethnology of the bedroom’’ is a nice find to give this Monday a smooth start… with an air filled with the scent of linen (or if you ask me, of fresh straw-mats!) Continue reading

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The Prince, The Borderline Temple & The Khmer-Islam Pilgrims

This past week has been quite important for Cambodia and Thailand. Of course both calendars highlighted a long holiday of celebrations to kick off the new year. But some Thais and Cambodians were getting busy a the very same time, arguing their case in front of The Hague International Court of Justice. The ‘final’ discussions over the long disputed case of 11th century Preah Vihear temple and moreover its surrounding area, are supposed to be coming to an end… a solution for the borderline between the two neighbours. Well, if you are a regular of this blog, you know that if I mention this… there must be some Chams behind the scene somewhere… And indeed, there are! This little forgotten archive I recently found while doing a little ‘new year cleaning’ just cried out to be on stage today. Continue reading

Par-delà the ethno-grapher: Descola in the *field*

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‘’We had understood nothing of what they said, nothing of what they did: it was a typical ethnographic situation’’. STs-p28

Starting a new year with a good read is a seductive idea isn’t it?

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A wedding today… Others, 40 years ago.

Today I was invited to the wedding of Tiya, whom I have known for a decade and grown found of over the years. She also happens to be the grand daughter of Mouh Som and Ong Leb, who have been watching over me along the way, both as teachers and substitute grand-parents. Tiya and Adam’s wedding is also the last one of a series I recently attended and filmed, simply entitled ‘3 Weddings’, and that will soon be uploaded in the video section of this blog. Before those come in, I thought about a couple of old wedding pictures I had, that would perfectly match the mood of the day in complete continuity. Continue reading