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Fear and Fortune: Spirit Worlds and Emerging Economies in the Mongolian Gold Rush

Mette M. High


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 pre ... More

Keywords: Mongolia, gold rush, gold mining, spirits, Mongolian sociality, Mongolian miners, religious knowledge, religious practice, precious metal, fear

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501707544
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501707544.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mette M. High, author
University of St Andrews