Nord-Asie 5 | 2015
L'appel du bonheur
For Mongolian people, sharing food goes far beyond than merely feeding. By a set of “opening” and “closing”, for everyday life or for special events, in the family circle or with visitors, the fact of sharing food ensures the good order of social relationships. It ensures also the good order of seasonal rhythm and of human life cycle. It therefore attracts happiness to humans and their herds.
Between 2000 and 2015, Sandrine Ruhlmann has lived long months in the Mongolian steppe and in the city. She describes and analyses in detail the existing food system. She recognizes in this latter intermingled ideas and values inherited from Shamanism, Buddhism, and from Communist ideology. Through the meat on bone, the fermented milk, the ravioli, or the odd soleshoe-shaped pastries a way of thinking and of living is revealed.
Sandrine Ruhlmann is an anthropologist, and Doctor of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. She was Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale (EHESS-CNRS-Collège de France) and she works currently at Labex Structurations des Mondes Sociaux (LISST-CAS), where she studies the animal diseases perception and management in Mongolia.
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