Truth beyond doubt

  title={Truth beyond doubt},
  author={Martin Holbraad},
  journal={HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory},
  pages={81 - 109}
  • M. Holbraad
  • Published 1 April 2012
  • Sociology, Philosophy
  • HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory
This article analyzes the concept of truth on which the practice of Ifá divination in Cuba turns. Motivated ethnographically by Ifá practitioners’ claims that the truths their oracles issue are indubitable, I argue that from the viewpoint of commonplace conceptions of truth such an assumption can only be interpreted as absurd. To avoid such an imputation, the article is devoted to reconceptualizing what might count as truth in such an ethnographic instance. In particular, it is argued that in… 
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