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Author High, Mette M., author.

Title Fear and fortune : spirit worlds and emerging economies in the Mongolian gold rush / Mette M. High.

Publication Info. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2017.

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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 162 pages)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The burden of patriarchy -- The power of gold -- Angered spirits -- Polluted money -- Wealth and devotion -- Trading gold.
Summary Mongolia over the last decade has seen a substantial and ongoing gold rush. The wide-spread mining of gold looks at first glance to be a blessing for a desperately poor and largely pastoralist country. Volatility and uncertainty as well as political and economic turmoil led many people to join the hopeful search for gold. This activity poses an intense moral problem; in the 'land of dust,' disturbing the ground and extracting the precious metal is widely believed to have calamitous consequences. With gold retaining strong ties to the landscape and its many spirit beings, the fortune of the preciouss metal is inseparable from the fears that surround mining. This work considers the results of several years of fieldwork in Mongolia, time spent with the 'ninjas,' as the miners are known locally, as well as the people who disapprove of their illegal activities.
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Subject Gold mines and mining -- Social aspects -- Mongolia -- Ui︠a︡nga Sum.
Economic development -- Social aspects -- Mongolia -- Ui︠a︡nga Sum.
Gold -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism.
Ethnology -- Mongolia -- Ui︠a︡nga Sum.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: High, Mette M. Fear and fortune. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2017 9781501707544 (DLC) 2016047307
ISBN 9781501708121 (electronic bk.)
1501708120 (electronic bk.)
9781501708114 (electronic bk.)
1501708112 (electronic bk.)
9781501707544 (hardcover)