Ethnology: An International Journal of Cultural and Social Anthropology, Vol 51, No 2 (2012)

HITCHHIKING AND RITUAL AMBIGUITY OF JEWISH SETTLERS IN THE WEST BANK

Nehemia Akiva Stern

Abstract


Hitchhiking by Jewish religious Zionists along the roads of the West Bank is examined as a ritual of sacred travel. The ambiguous and fluid character of this ritual mirrors the risks of everyday life for Jewish settlers in the West Bank. This article also explores a notion of ritual that pays close attention to the daily dilemmas, tensions, and uncertainties that may be produced through quotidian religious practices.

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