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New Book by Einaudi Faculty

book cover of Stories from an Ancient Land by Magnus Fiskesjö
September 29, 2021

Magnus Fiskesjö, PACS and SEAP

This new book "Stories from an Ancient Land: Perspectives on Wa History and Culture" recently published by Berghahn (August 2021). Fiskesjo is professor of anthropology and Asian studies at Cornell University and a faculty affiliate at the Einaudi Center through the Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and the Southeast Asia Program.

Learn more: Stories from an Ancient Land: Perspectives on Wa History and Culture (Berghahn: August 2021)
Part of the series: Asian Anthropologies. ISBN  978-1-78920-887-0; eISBN 978-1-78920-888-7.

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My new book is about the Wa people, who see themselves as the caretakers of the world, because they were the first people on Earth. Since the 1950s, their ancient land has been annexed by China and Burma. The book is about Wa cosmology, xenology and sociality, about fieldwork and participant intoxication, about the political anthropology of standing your ground, about how the Wa borrowed headhunting from China, and much more. Also includes an epilogue on the future of ethnics in the context of the current Chinese neo-nationalist policy shift, and genocide in Xinjiang (East Turkestan).

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