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Floating it away

Thomas Crump, 7 October 1993

Liquid Life: Abortion and Buddhism in Japan 
by William LaFleur.
Princeton, 252 pp., £24.95, January 1993, 0 691 07405 4
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... The casual visitor to Japan does not have to wander very far from the beaten tourist track to discover two distinctive but contrasting phenomena of the country’s material culture. The first consists of a row of small stone statues, apparently of dwarfs, each with a red bib tied round its neck; such rows are to be found somewhere in the precinct of almost any Buddhist temple ...

The Meaning of Mngwotngwotiki

Eric Korn, 10 January 1991

The Anthropology of Numbers 
by Thomas Crump.
Cambridge, 201 pp., £30, July 1990, 0 521 38045 6
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... I am far from alone) is laid to rest by contemplating the way they order things elsewhere. Thomas Crump didn’t lead me to the lost digit, but my excessive attachment to numbers is not as hopeless as, for example, that of the Balinese, who operate ten separate simultaneous day-name cycles, a one-day cycle (in which presumably all days are ...


Keith Thomas: Working Methods, 10 June 2010

... which could be used to support an argument or adorn a literary composition. As the historian Thomas Fuller remarked, ‘A commonplace book contains many notions in garrison, whence the owner may draw out an army into the field on competent warning.’These compilations were not necessarily a preparation for writing, but could become ends in ...

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