It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, Halloween. Send me any links to include here at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Economist traces the growing popularity of the holiday from the Celtic Samhain through the growth of suburbia: The Meaning of Halloween
This post on the Geek Anthropologist explores the supernatural in American life and its connection with the experience of sleep paralysis: Why Halloween is for Anthropologists
It’s unfortunate that this IFL Science post uses such ethnocentric and exoticizing language in its title, because it’s an interesting survey of death-related practices in the past and present: Preserving the Dead: Weird and Grisly Practices from Around the World
This New Yorker article asks the question Are Cats Domesticated? Based on archaeological and genomic evidence, it concludes… yes and no.
This article on Medium skewers an anonymous critique of the use of an all-female cave archaeology team to retrieve the remains of Homo naledi as a publicity stunt: Anonymous Sexism in Paleoanthropology
The 2012 quota law in Brazil has been controversial because it draws attention to race as a form of social categorization in a country that denies its existence. It can also be cross-cut by social class and is a complicated way to deliver educational aid to those who need it. This post on Perspectives in Anthropology explores the debate: Affirmative Action in Brazil: Is It Necessary?
Anthropologizing features this interview with a recent graduate who uses his BA in anthropology to help people in under-served areas connect to government services: Anthropologists in Practice: An Interview with Will Tyner, Fellow at Code for America
Brace yourselves, it’s a linguistic post! A cross-cultural study of words to repair misunderstanding found that variations of “huh?” are present in 31 languages from different families and won an Ig Nobel prize this year: Is Huh a Universal Word?
This map on Chris Blattman’s blog representing the countries that receive the most US foreign aid caught a lot of people’s attention: In Case You Thought Most Foreign Aid Went to Poor People Let Me Depress You with One Great Map
See you next week!