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Ethnographic PresentsPioneering Anthropologists in the Papua New Guinea Highlands$
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Terence Hays

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780520077454

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520077454.001.0001

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Journey along Mythic Paths

Journey along Mythic Paths

(p.98) Four Journey along Mythic Paths
Ethnographic Presents

Terence E. Hays

University of California Press

This chapter discusses R. M. Berndt's description of the uneven time-space spread of control of the administration up to 1951–1953. Administrative and other European influences were being diffused southward from the main centers, extending the “controlled area” to include new districts. It is to the far south that some of the major creation myths point in their statements about “origins.” In the south, in territory still officially “restricted,” interdistrict warfare and cannibalism were continuing, and efforts were being made to bring that area under control. Some, especially in the north, echoed the “native” evangelists and others who urged that traditional ways of living should be abandoned because the “time of Satan,” or “kanaka time,” was over and a new era had dawned. Even the most ardent supporters of Christianity, in its local forms, saw this emphatically as an era of material plenty.

Keywords:   R. M. Berndt, administration, districts, myths, interdistrict warfare, cannibalism, Satan, kanaka, Christianity

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