Le cheval magnétomètre. Dressage et « choses invisibles » en Mongolie contemporaine

Type de publication  Book Chapter
Auteur(s)  Delaplace, G.
Titre de l'ouvrage  Miscellanea Asiatica. Mélanges en l’honneur de Françoise Aubin
Editeur(s)  Aigle, Denise; Charleux, Isabelle; Goossaert, Vincent; Hamayon, Roberte
Année  2010
Maison d'édition  Institut Monumenta Serica
Lieu de publication  Sankt Augustin
Pages  121-139

It is a well-known fact throughout the literature that Mongol people credit theirhorses with a special ability to feel the presence of things – “souls,” “ghosts” or“ land masters” – that remain invisible to ordinary humans most of the time. Drawing on fieldwork with the Dörvöd herders of Northwestern Mongolia, this chapter develops this idea, and analyses four horse behaviours – shivering, neighing, stopping and micturition – interpreted by Mongols as reactions to different kinds of presence. Electromagnetism is taken here as a metaphor to understand people’s relationship to “invisible things”; it is argued moreover that, through a complex technology of dressage, horses are used as instruments comparable to magnetometers, expected to react to invisible presences proportionally to their proximity and to the intensity of their manifestation.

URL  http://www.academia.edu/592645/Le_cheval_magnetometre._Dressage_et_choses_invisibles_en_Mongolie

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