On spirit writing: materialities of language and the religious work of transduction

  title={On spirit writing: materialities of language and the religious work of transduction},
  author={Webb Keane},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute},
  • W. Keane
  • Published 1 March 2013
  • Art
  • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
This is a speculative essay in comparative possibilities. It looks at some widely separated religious contexts in which a power-laden relationship across ontological difference – for instance, between living humans and a world of gods or spirits – is mediated by operations on the materiality of the written sign. These operations typically result in either materializing something immaterial or dematerializing something material. But they may also involve other activities that take advantage of… 
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