• Agnieszka Pasieka
Part of the Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series (CAR)


No matter how much time passes between fieldwork and the com-pletion of a book, it is hard not to wonder how the people we got to know (and, if lucky, befriended) are doing. And also: to what extent have the phenomena we observed and wrote about changed in this period of time? One of the—in my view unquestionable—privileges of being an “anthropologist at home” is the relative ease with which one can keep in touch and maintain ties with people from the field. Four years after concluding my original research, I came to Krasne to visit Hanna’s and Henek’s family. I hardly recognized their sons who had grown quickly over the course of a few years, but at the same time I was also glad to recognize so many things—objects, scents, ways of talking. Obviously, I had heard many rumors and bits of news in the intervening time: about the additional signs with Lemko names, which were scribbled from time to time; about new “adventures” of the local Roman Catholic priest; about the growing availability of Lemko and Ukrainian classes, the introduction of which turned out to be a good way of attracting funds for schools. The family told me how they cried for the politicians who died in the crash of the Polish president’s plane in Smolensk in 2010, and they complained about one of local Lemko leaders.


Relative Ease Additional Sign Cultural Anthropology Christian Theology Small Hill 
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