DOI:​10.1177/1463499612471933
Corpus ID: 145104496
Ontology, materiality and spectral traces: Methodological thoughts on studying Lao Buddhist festivals for ghosts and ancestral spirits
P. Ladwig
Published 1 December 2012
Sociology
Anthropological Theory
The study of ghosts and spirits, and the ethnographic evidence associated with this, is a fertile area for developing methodologies. By employing theories of materiality and the anthropological study… 
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