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Author Tomlinson, Matt, 1970-

Title In God's image : the metaculture of Fijian Christianity / Matt Tomlinson
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2009]


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Description xiii, 249 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Series The anthropology of Christianity ; 5
Anthropology of Christianity ; 5
Contents Pt. 1. Situation. Situating Kadavu : church, chiefs, and the creation of a sense of loss -- Pt. 2. Lamentation. Signs of the Golden Age -- Sermons -- Kava -- Sacred land the power of prayer -- Pt. 3. Recuperation. Onward Christian soldiers -- The road to Damascus runs through Waisomo village
Summary "Today, most indigenous Fijians are Christians, and the Methodist Church is the foundation of their social and political lives. Yet, as this thought-provoking study of life on rural Kadavu Island finds, Fijians also believe that their ancestors possessed an inherent strength that is lacking in the present day. Looking in particular at the interaction between the church and the traditional chiefly system, Matt Tomlinson finds that this belief about the superiority of the past provokes great anxiety, and that Fijians seek ways of recovering this strength through ritual and political action, Christianity itself simultaneously generates a sense of loss and the means of recuperation. To unravel the cultural dynamics of Christianity in Fiji, Tomlinson explores how this loss is expressed through everyday language and practices."--Publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-239) and index
Subject Methodist Church -- Fiji -- History.
Christianity -- Fiji.
Fiji -- Religion.
Fiji -- Church history.
Fiji -- Social conditions.
LC no. 2008031254
ISBN 9780520257771 cloth alkaline paper
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