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Mongolian Buddhist Waste and the Recalcitrant Materiality of Blessings.

Project description

Waste created by Buddhist rituals and economic exchanges

Buddhism is often considered to be a religion defined by its explicit counsel against excessive desire and consumption. However, the use of mass-produced ritual items are changing patterns of Buddhist consumption, excess and waste in the contemporary period. The EU-funded RESIDUE project will trace the social lives of Mongolian Buddhist ritual items in order to demonstrate how the recent shift towards making ritual items from imperishable materials is transforming Buddhist praxis. The project will combine theories from anthropology, Buddhist studies and discard studies to explore how the material properties of ritual items, rather than being incidental to their use and conception, are integral to Mongolian Buddhist beliefs and practices. It will provide new insights into the generation and treatment of discarded items, drawing attention to the contemporary problems that industrial-scale consumption patterns are producing in Asia and around the world.


Net EU contribution
€ 219 312,00
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn

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Danmark Hovedstaden Byen København
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00