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The Pretas are coming!

Here‘s the conference paper I presented at the MCAA last weekend. I’d appreciate any feedback those with too much time on their hands would like to give me. Cheers.

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5 thoughts on “The Pretas are coming!

  1. Erik says:

    A comment was made to me after the presentation of this paper that is highly relevant. I was reminded that “Around Pchum Ben, if someone drops some food, they will not pick it back up, and instead say ‘it’s for the pretas (to eat).’

    This seems to me to be a great example of the sort of ‘improductive expenditure’ I discuss in my recent post on the notion of the Gift.

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