Jonathan Tanis
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the drum circle diaries: defense mechanisms

a story from my fieldwork on the Venice Beach drum circle, cross-posted from my blog, Praxis Mundi

"They say that they're celebrating the sunset..." said the cop.

He surveyed his handiwork, struggling to keep the smugness from corrupting his professional demeanor. As we spoke, the broken multitudes milled aimlessly, faces wiped of expression. There was an occasional angry glance at the three… Continue

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 9:17pm — 1 Comment

ethnographic yoga: inversions

crossposted from my main blog, Praxis Mundi

There is an imminent wisdom nestled in the practice of ethnography; every important lesson along the spiritual path finds its analogue in the research process. Take, for instance, the anekāntavāda concept in Jainism. Robert Anton Wilson called them Reality Tunnels. The basic idea is that every individual perceives reality through a personal set of filters, though they seldom realize it.… Continue

Posted on September 25, 2009 at 10:02pm

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