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Empowering the Past, Confronting the Future: The Duna People of Papua New Guinea

  • Authors
  • Andrew Strathern
  • Pamela J Stewart

Part of the Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series (CAR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Andrew Strathern, Pamela J Stewart
    Pages 1-7
  3. Andrew Strathern, Pamela J Stewart
    Pages 9-24
  4. Andrew Strathern, Pamela J Stewart
    Pages 25-52
  5. Andrew Strathern, Pamela J Stewart
    Pages 53-68
  6. Andrew Strathern, Pamela J Stewart
    Pages 69-89
  7. Andrew Strathern, Pamela J Stewart
    Pages 91-105
  8. Andrew Strathern, Pamela J Stewart
    Pages 107-120
  9. Andrew Strathern, Pamela J Stewart
    Pages 121-137
  10. Andrew Strathern, Pamela J Stewart
    Pages 139-152
  11. Andrew Strathern, Pamela J Stewart
    Pages 153-162
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 163-190

About this book

Introduction

How have the Aluni Valley Duna people of Papua New Guinea responded to the challenges of colonial and post-colonial changes that have entered their lifeworld since the middle of the Twentieth-Century? Living in a corner of the world influenced by mining companies but relatively neglected in terms of government-sponsored development, these people have dealt creatively with forces of change by redeploying their own mythological themes about the cosmos in order to make claims on outside corporations and by subtly combining features of their customary practices with forms of Christianity, attempting to empower their past as a means of confronting the future.

Keywords

Christianity development government ritual Tradition

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