One year ago today on Round and Square (10 April 2011)—Katakana Culture: Slopes and Sunlight
|[a] Market RF|
|[b] Market stuff RF|
Even little nuggets of analysis would help. On the other hand, that is what fieldnotes are all about. One writes and writes...and then puts it all together in another form. There is enough here, I think, to build a fairly sturdy analysis.
These images are much more stark than even the note expresses. One watches the manly drinking of snake blood against the backdrop of dying snakes. That is all there is to it. The "libidinal magic" is at the heart of a much bigger story about divination, global commodities, natural history, and culture. As usual, I fault this note for not being a finished piece, yet that (of course) is not the purpose of the lowly fieldnote (as the introduction explains).
Then the proprietor takes his pocketknife, slits a four or five inch vertical stripe in the snake’s abdomen, pops the organ into a plastic bag, and pours the green bladder juice into an unsterilized glass. The buyer usually downs the glass there and takes his bladder-baggie home. You can also buy snake blood. All the while, the snake hangs from a metal clip, writhing to a slow, knife-inflicted death, its protruding intestines resembling cottage cheese on a stalk of celery.
|[c] Choice RF|