The Death of the Angel: Reflections on the Relationship between Enlightenment and Enchantment in the Twenty-first Century

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  • RUTH BEHAR University of Michigan

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https://doi.org/10.33356/temenos.4618

Abstract

Tango artist Astor Piazzolla’s composition, ‘La muerte del ángel’, serves as inspiration for a few reflections on the relationship between enlightenment and enchantment in the 21st century. Piazzolla wrote the fugue as accompaniment to a play, ‘Tango del angel’, about an angel who tries to heal broken human spirits in Buenos Aires and ends up dying in a knife fight. Drawing on tango’s melancholy, longing, and hesitant hoping, I share stories from my travels where I engage with the struggle to sustain an ethnographic art that brings heart to the process of knowing the world.

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Published

2011-01-01

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BEHAR, R. (2011). The Death of the Angel: Reflections on the Relationship between Enlightenment and Enchantment in the Twenty-first Century. Temenos - Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion, 47(1). https://doi.org/10.33356/temenos.4618

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