Monday, November 22, 2010

Stalin's Wake (in the Irish sense)

Photo courtesy of Tuya

In Mongolia, where an immense statue of Stalin was belatedly felled in 1990, peasants sprinkled milk on the spot where the statue had stood, for they believe that this practice will prevent his angry evil spirit from returning to haunt them.
from Katherine Verdery, The Political Lives of Dead Bodies

Current Reading: Mario Vargas Llosa - Wellspring