The Ritual as Justice Podcast

This show is hosted by Tada Hozumi and Dare Sohei, and features stream-of-consciousness commentary on variety of subjects from a cultural somatic perspective.

Listen on: Spotify / Stitcher / Itunes


E01: Protest and The Sacred

Coming off a weekend of high impact of civil actions protesting the murder of George Floyd and institutionalized anti-Black violence, we dive into a conversation that looks at the process of political upheaval through the lenses of somatics and animism.

We kick it off by exploring how we may apply a neurological understanding to protest culture, rather than pivoting conversations about it around moral arguments of violence vs. peace, and finish with ruminations of what might protest culture look like if we fully embraced an animist worldview that violence is caused by spirit possession.

Blessings to all beings, especially to those who have been most deeply affected by these recent events.

Inspirations / references

On activation/deactivation: Street Somatics: Tips for Regulating During Uprisings from Prentis Hemphill

On memetics/memes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memetics

On Wetiko/Wendigo: Seeing Wetiko: On Capitalism, Mind Viruses, and Antidotes for a World in Transition by Alnoor Ladha, Martin Kirk


E00: Play and Transgression

Welcome to our inaugural episode!

We’re calling this “episode 00” because it is an initiation of a generative space for us to speak into that is open to the kind of play and transgression that has been central to the development of our cultural somatic practice.

We kick things off reflecting on the surveillance culture embodied in social justice communities and continue on a variety of taboo-ish topics around whiteness, masculinity, queerness, and more.

Inspirations / references

On 2chan/4chan culture: Kill All Normies

On memetics/memes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memetics

On cultural attachment: Mini-lecture series on cultural attachment

On the Hero’s Journey: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hero%27s_journey