Amanda Palmer and *ghosti

Some time ago, I wrote about hospitality and I asked:

given that central to the notion of *ghosti / xenia was the ability to create a ritualized relationship between strangers for reasons that mostly no longer exist in the modern west, what does hospitality / *ghosti / xenia mean today as a virtue for day to day living?

This TED talk video has been making the rounds recently on the social media circuits and in watching it I suddenly got an answer to my question; I don’t think she is aware of it, but Amanda is perfectly describing the *ghosti relationship, the ability to ritually connect to strangers.  It’s quite wonderful.

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