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とてつもなく内輪ネタ

以下の文章はフィールドワークを終えたハーバードの友人が送ってくれたEメール。
これはフィールドワークという特殊な経験をした者だけが、そして、エヴァンズ・
プリチャードという人類学の大家のことを知っている人間しか受けないネタではありますが、
読んだときに笑いが止まらなかったので載せてみることにしました。

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Dear all,

Just read something that has me crackin' up!!! Hopefully those of you
currently "in the field" will take heart.

Michael Gilsenan (British trained anthropologist who has worked in
Egypt, among other places) writes about his return to Oxford from
Egypt in 1965 after a year of fieldwork. He goes to have a chat with
his advisor, Evans-Pritchard, about a mulid (commemorative festival)
of a Sufi saint, Ahmad al-Badawi (13th century), in the Delta region
of Egypt. Evans-Pritchard had spent a number of years in Egypt.
Gilsenan writes:

"Feeling deeply inadequate to the task of 'doing fieldwork', I was
badly in need of guidance. Evans-Pritchard listened. Then he leant
closer and with a disconcerting smile, asked the only ethnographic
question he ever posed in my three years of research and writing: 'Do
they still have those carved sugar figures of camels fucking?'
Startled, as I was meant to be no doubt, I confessed I had not noticed
any. And that was that. We went to the pub, both of us no doubt
profoundly disappointed in me in different ways."

Gilsenan, Michael. 2000. Signs of Truth: Enchantment, Modernity and
the Dreams of Peasant Women. The Journal of the Royal Anthropological
Institute 6(4):597-615.
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by fumiwakamatsu | 2008-12-12 23:18 | 文化人類学