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ANNOUNCEMENT: A New Blog!

I’m starting a new blog but don’t worry, I can explain!

As the readership of my Peregrinations blog has grown, it has become clear to me that the content of this blog should primarily focus on my ethnographic work, on Shaligram research, and on my continued relationships with the Hindu and South Asian community. In other words, it has come to my attention that the readership of Peregrinations is, aside from friends and family, almost exclusively Shaligram or pilgrimage based and, as such, some of my more general, political, or media oriented commentaries aren’t fitting to the readers.

Therefore, I am splitting my online writing into two sites. Peregrinations will now focus completely on my anthropological and ethnographic work. I will continue to post about my publications, my research, Shaligram discussions, my work in Nepal and India, and so on right here. However, my new blog, Mocking the Apocalypse, will now focus on the particularly political, social, religious, media, and popular culture discussions I tend to engage in otherwise.

So, if you like my writing, feel free to follow both. But you’ll have to catch my more controversial arguments at www.mockingtheapocalypse.com.

Cheers,
JF

 
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Remember the Fairies

Posted by J Foster on May 18, 2015 in Sculpting

As I prepare for several months of upcoming fieldwork, I’ve been working to finish up all those partial projects remaining around the house.

The fairies were one of them.

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Mummy Fairies

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Mummy Fairies and Mummy Fairy Box

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Mummy Fairies and Mummy Fairy Box

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Down for the Count

 
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When I Stress, I Sculpt

Posted by J Foster on Mar 18, 2015 in Sculpting

Grants are coming due soon. It’s the cyclical ebb and flow of academia as we know it. But as I contemplate fieldwork plans superimposed over the possibilities of funding, I can’t help but think I should have stuck with pillow forts, coloring books, and scribbling outside the lines. We all ask ourselves the same questions; how can I spend so much time so far away and pay my bills here, how will I afford my travel and research expenses above and beyond the day to day, will my dog remember me when I get back, will my partner? It is a stressful time for everyone.

And when I stress, I sculpt. Today, I have two mummified fairies just waiting on their wings (dried butterfly wings when they are ready).

Mummy Fairies Mummy Fairies

Mummy Fairies Mummy Fairies Mummy Fairies Mummy Fairies

 
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A Road Less Traveled By…

Posted by J Foster on Mar 8, 2015 in Cultural Anthropology, Sculpting

I am off to Nepal soon, to begin my next round of ethnographic fieldwork in Mustang District (along the Himalayan Annapurna mountain circuit). As often happens when I am deep in the anxious and muddy terrain of travel planning, I sculpt. In the theme of Hindu pilgrimage (as my current project addresses), I have been practicing techniques in murti sculpting acquired from my time among the Vaishnavas (Krishna devotees) of West Bengal, India. Though my own journey takes me to the pilgrimage temple sites of the Muktinath Valley, I leave behind Radha-Krishna and Garuda Panchami to look after the place while I am gone.

Radha-Krishna and Garuda Panchami murti

Radha-Krishna and Garuda Panchami murti

Radha-Krishna and Garuda Panchami murti

Radha-Krishna and Garuda Panchami murti

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