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As an anthropologist focusing on Korea, Dr. Kendall trained in a strong ethnographic and area studies tradition. Korea's transformation into the ranks of the newly industrial countries has inspired Dr. Kendall to take a second look at Korean shamans, the subject of her initial 1970s fieldwork. By interpreting what people do during contemporary shamanic rituals and what clients, shamans, and spirits speaking through shamans have to say about them, she documents how Koreans' use of offerings and ritual props lets them express and dramatize the tangled emotions inherent in a lived history of rapid social transformation and unprecedented material possibility.For more interviews, visit our "Meet the Scientists" channel:
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