The chapter begins in a narrative voice that speaks of our abandonment by a host of beings that used to accompany our earthly journey. This abandonment, sealed with the triumph of the scientific revolution, creates a profound loneliness of spirit, which the modernist glut of goods cannot soothe. It then moves to a genealogy of the present book in the personal journey of the anthropologist author and her experiences both in India and Peru leading her to adopt the methodology of “reverse anthropology” to begin to make sense of her transformation through ritual actions first in India, later at home in the U.S. and most recently in Peru. The chapter follows with a brief overview of the main argument of the book and ends with a summary of each chapter.
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