Places and spirits in a Sepik society

Telban, Borut, and Vávrová, Daniela (2010) Places and spirits in a Sepik society. Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 11 (1). pp. 17-33.

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Abstract

Over the past decade, under the influence of the Catholic charismatic movement, the Ambonwari people of East Sepik Province in Papua New Guinea have radically altered their relationships with bush spirits and, simultaneously, their attitudes towards their landscape. During the current process of abolishing prohibitions pertaining to taboo places, the Ambonwari have also abolished a set of cultural activities that were characteristic of ancestral placemaking and have weakened the effect these places and their spirits have on the Ambonwar's contemporary life world. By abandoning their relationships with bush spirits and embracing God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit and by moving their eyes, thoughts and feelings from earth to heaven, the Ambonwari want to transcend their familiar landscape and the life world that it sustains.

Item ID: 16845
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: bush spirits; charismatic movement; landscape; Papua New Guinea, taboo places
ISSN: 1740-9314
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2011 04:26
FoR Codes: 22 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220499 Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified @ 20%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 80%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950405 Religious Structures and Ritual @ 100%
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