Continuity and Breaches in Religion and Globalization, a Melanesian Point of View

  • André Iteanu


André Iteanu argues that many Melanesians see Christianity as an impermanent cult that traverses their region, like many other cults have previously done. Therefore, for them the passages from old circulating cults to Cargo cults, to conventional Christianity, and then to Evangelical Christianity, and finally to contemporaneous Melanesian Christianity, are identical in kind. This chapter thus concludes that some Melanesian societies develop a dynamic conception of religion that allows for swiftly repeated transitions between different forms of religiosity without disturbing their global balance in which impermanent cults keep on feeding local rituals new ideas and new practices.


Melanesian Societies Cargo Cult Christian Kastom Urapmin 
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  • André Iteanu
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  1. 1.Centre Asie du Sud-EstCNRS-EHESSParisFrance

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