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Conversion to ChristianityHistorical and Anthropological Perspectives on a Great Transformation$
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Robert Hefner

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780520078352

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520078352.001.0001

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“We Are Ekelesia”: Conversion in Uiaku, Papua New Guinea

“We Are Ekelesia”: Conversion in Uiaku, Papua New Guinea

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(p.199) Chapter Seven “We Are Ekelesia”: Conversion in Uiaku, Papua New Guinea
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Conversion to Christianity
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Robert W. Hefner

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520078352.003.0007

This chapter covers the significance of Maisin Christianity and the religious conversion process in Uiaku, Papua New Guinea. Some general comments on the political aspects of the Maisins' conversion and on the relationship between hegemonic structures reflected in the station and in external conversion and consciousness are provided. The contribution of the Anglican mission to the Maisins' incorporation into the wider politico-economic structures of the colonial order is explored. All Maisins participate in the macrocosm and the microcosm, and all engage in station and village activities and ideas that together influence the overall direction of conversion. It s suggested that Uiaku society has a dual culture that has to be understood in the context of a multicultural Papua New Guinea. The introduction of Christianity in Uiaku has been inseparable from incorporation into larger political and economic systems.

Keywords:   Maisin, Christianity, Uiaku, Papua New Guinea, religious conversion, Anglican mission, colonial order

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