Spirits, Christians and capitalists in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea

Wood, Michael (2018) Spirits, Christians and capitalists in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea. In: Ostling, Michael, (ed.) Fairies, Demons, and Nature Spirits: 'small gods' at the margins of Christendom. Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic . Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, pp. 301-323.

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Abstract

Using data derived primarily from Kamula speakers living in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea, this paper outlines how various so-called bush spirits have been re-valued by their entanglement with Christianity and different types of resource extraction. Christianity's impact on these spirits is positioned within this wider set of transformations where some spirits are subject to productive conversion into new sources of wealth, power and value while others become marginal to many Kamula. The paper highlights historical continuities and shifts in Kamula thinking about spirits and their value-creating capacities.

Item ID: 56459
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-137-58519-6
Keywords: Christianity , capitalism, spirits, Kamula, Western Province, Papua New Guinea
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2018
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), James Cook University (JCU)
Date Deposited: 13 May 2019 01:57
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society @ 100%
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