Mangaia and the mission

 
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The pre-Christian history of Mangaia -- the southernmost of the Cook Islands -- was documented by Sir Peter Buck (Te Rangi Hiroa) in Mangaian Society, in 1934. Missing from the book was the final chapter, which documented changes in Mangaian society following the establishment of a London Missionary Society mission in 1824. That final chapter is published here for the first time. Buck describes changes to the social, economic, religious and political life of the island resulting from the mission. As spiritual power passed from the Mangaian gods to Jehovah, the marae were deserted, the images of the gods destrooyed or given up, history and genealogy were modified in Biblical terms, restrictions placed on the sexual lives of young people and an oppressive system of mission laws -- the Blue Laws -- introduced to police behaviours. Dance, drama, music and traditional sports were outlawed or abandoned. But, as Buck points out, none of this was achieved without Mangaian participation, if only as accommodation, adaption or resistance to change. Mangaia and the Mission provides new insights into the history of relations between the mission and the people of Mangaia, and provides further evidence to question the view that Pacific cultures succumbed passively to mission domination.

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Peter S. Buck (Author), Te Rangi Hiroa (Author), Rod Dixon (Editor), Teaea Parima (Editor)
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Book Description IPS, USP in association with B.P. Bishop Museum, 1993. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. 74 pp., illustrations, bibliography, index. The pre-Christian history of Mangaia -- the southernmost of the Cook Islands -- was documented by Sir Peter Buck (Te Rangi Hiroa) in Mangaian Society, in 1934. Missing from the book was the final chapter, which documented changes in Mangaian society following the establishment of a London Missionary Society mission in 1824. That final chapter is published here for the first time. Buck describes changes to the social, economic, religious and political life of the island resulting from the mission. As spiritual power passed from the Mangaian gods to Jehovah, the marae were deserted, the images of the gods destrooyed or given up, history and genealogy were modified in Biblical terms, restrictions placed on the sexual lives of young people and an oppressive system of mission laws -- the Blue Laws -- introduced to police behaviours. Dance, drama, music and traditional sports were outlawed or abandoned. But, as Buck points out, none of this was achieved without Mangaian participation, if only as accommodation, adaption or resistance to change. Mangaia and the Mission provides new insights into the history of relations between the mission and the people of Mangaia, and provides further evidence to question the view that Pacific cultures succumbed passively to mission domination. 0.0. Seller Inventory # 982315001XAMA070215

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