Category Archives: Southeast Asian Studies

Why are Chinese Grandmothers Giving Offerings to Video Game Characters? And Why Does the Internet Think it’s Funny?

by Natasha L. Mikles A strange set of pictures has been circulating on Chinese messaging apps this week. The photos—stills from the video footage of an internet café in an unknown Chinese city—show an elderly Chinese woman kneeling to make … Continue reading

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Zombie Attack: Karen Armstrong does Calvin

by Richard K. Payne Note: This post originally appeared on the author’s blog. In the world according to Paul Krugman there are some ideas that just won’t die no matter how often refuted: hence zombies. Perennialism, the claim that all … Continue reading

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Religious Proximity and Cultural Distance: An Introduction on the East/West Dichotomy

The following is the editorial introduction to the June 2015 issue of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion (the full table of contents having already been posted). We offer this editorial here on the blog in order to give … Continue reading

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Now Published – Bulletin for the Study of Religion 44.2 (June 2015)

The June issue of the Bulletin has been published and is available. Below is the table of contents of this issue, which includes a panel of papers on the construction of “East/West” in the study of religion. This debate began … Continue reading

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Speaking to Outsiders: Can Our Theory Make a Bigger Bang?

by Natasha L. Mikles Every year during November and December, I find myself confronting a very particular problem—one which I am sure is familiar to all of my colleagues, but one we rarely ever discuss: how to explain what we … Continue reading

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Considering Orgasmic Meditation: It’s not ‘Diddling’ when it’s a Ritual

by Natasha L. Mikles While perusing the blogs recently, I came across an article describing one woman’s visit to the San Francisco OMXperience—a three-day, $795-a-head event in August 2013 designed to “kick off the industry of the orgasm”—an industry of … Continue reading

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Yoga and the Question of Religious Identity

By Deeksha Sivakumar Is yoga Hindu? Both categories (yoga, Hindu) are, of course, highly problematic on both conceptual and historical grounds. If we were to ask whether yoga is Indian, more people may feel comfortable answering in the affirmative, though … Continue reading

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