Lambda Alpha Journal of Man, v.15, no.1-2,1983

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The Lambda Alpha Journal of Man is published annually by the Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honors Society at Wichita State University. The Journal of Man is partially funded by the Wichita State University Student Government Association.

Editor-In-Chief : Dr. Wayne L. Parris
Student Editors : Ronnie Breth and Bill Walker


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    Lambda Alpha Journal of Man, v.15, no.1/2 (complete version)
    (Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honors Society at Wichita State University, 1983) Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology
    The present volume presents a majority of papers from professionals, either working in the field, or engaged in teaching. It consists of five papers: Politicians and Doctors: Bloodsuckers all by Dr. Joseph V. Gtiillotte, III; Spirit Possession: A Case Study from Sri Lanka by Deemathie W. de Silva; Vascano: The Greek Evil Eye by Linda Raftopolous; Beyond the Plan: Plot Farming in Hungary by Dr. Ildiko Vasary; and Shir Mohammad Kerbali: A Trader in the Village Markets of Mazandaran by Dr. Tom Thompson.
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    Politicians and doctors: bloodsuckers all
    (Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honors Society at Wichita State University, 1983) Guillotte, Joseph V.
    Author presents some data on attitudes towards illness, curing, and politics in a multiethnic farming community in rural Tanzania. He discusses the status of mchinjamchinja as it is variably perceived by the inhabitants and relate this to another category of capricious supernatural being, the shetani (pl. mashetani). Finally, he considers how these classes of extraordinary beings relate to public health employees and political statuses in the community.
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    Spirit possession: A case study from Sri Lanka.
    (Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honors Society at Wichita State University, 1983) De Silva, Deemathie W.
    The focus in this case study is Sita, a 19-year-old young adult, who is possessed by a spirit. Sita identified the spirit as "Mahasohona," the demon that frequents graveyards and cemeteries. The cure was an elaborate 32-hour exorcism ceremony that included drumming, chanting, and dancing.
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    Vascano: the Greek evil eye
    (Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honors Society at Wichita State University, 1983) Raftopoulos, Linda
    The purpose of this paper is to acquaint the reader with the Greek practice which is still much believed in by Greeks today: the concept of the 'evil eye' or 'Vascano'. By the end of this paper the reader should have an understanding of what the evil eye is, how you get it, and what you do to get rid of it. It will also become apparent that it is indeed a very ancient tradition in Greece.
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    Beyond the plan: plot farming in Hungary
    (Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honors Society at Wichita State University, 1983) Vasary, Ildiko
    In the course of the collectivization campaign in Hungary, the options open to the peasantry were very limited or at least heavily channeled toward specific directions. Options were open, however, as regards the engagement of family labour in various sectors of production such as, for example, nonagricultural employment in industry or collectivized agriculture. The terms of engagement of the former peasants in the various sectors - both agricultural and non-agricultural is a crucial question. As it will be argued in this study, the form this engagment takes, had, and continues to have, significant consequences on the development of the different sectors themselves, which may coincide with or diverge from, the aims of central economic planning at various points. For example, since the 1950s, there has been a vast influx of manpower from agriculture into industry, allowing the completion of its planned growth. On the other hand, the emergence of a new and resilient sector of private production, alongside collectivized agriculture, was quite unforeseen and unbidden. The unplanned development of the plot farming sector is inseparable from collectivization itself.