During Christmas dinner preparations, one might wonder: 'rabbit or hare this year?' But when you look at this dilemma from an anthropologist’s perspective, the answer becomes loud and clear.
The anthropology of material culture teaches us what things can do to people. But do we understand the cultural effects of a hysterical object like the Dutch monarchy’s Golden Carriage?
The discussion about Zwarte Piet shows that some lies are more acceptable than others and that some symbols unite while others divide. The time has come for a new lie of national unity.