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Tribal Ritual among the Ag-econ

Henry Bahn and George McDowell
Review of Agricultural Economics
Vol. 19, No. 2 (Autumn - Winter, 1997), pp. 404-410
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1349748
Page Count: 7
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Abstract

In the land of the Nacirema, we have observed an interesting tribe called the Ag-econ. Tribal ritualistic behavior is most evident in its annual "powwow"-like gatherings. We describe some powwow rituals. These gatherings and other observations of the tribe give evidence of their adherence to a theology or belief system that they have, in fact, borrowed from another related tribe, the Econs. Advancement within the Ag-econ tribe appears to be based on one's ability to argue about various tenets of tribal theology, or to build or carve totems called "modls." The modls are alleged to have special powers to reveal yet new insights into tribal tenets. We have observed subgroups in the Ag-econ and have reported some of their differences. The tribe lives in dispersed communities, some of which are in protected places. Mostly, the tribe and its ritualistic behavior are curiosities. This article represents a significant addition to the literature describing such oddities for those "rational" skeptics and intellectuals who doubt that such ritualistic social systems still exist.

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