Wallis And Futuna: Martyrs and Memories


in Empire of Love

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780195162950
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199867660 | DOI:
Wallis And Futuna: Martyrs and Memories

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This chapter studies love and empire in the Pacific islands of Wallis and Futuna through the killing and martyrdom of Pierre Chanel, a man who will become the first Marist Catholic saint of Oceania. It follows Chanel's early encounters and confrontations with the local Futunan chiefs like Niuliki, his involvement in their politics, and his eventual murder. The story then develops through an examination of the ways that the Marist fathers “create” Chanel as a saint through the employment of spiritual love and Christian compassion. What follows clarifies island politics and provides the basis for what will ultimately be regarded as a Catholic theocracy in the South Seas.

Keywords: religion; Catholicism; martyr; missionaries; Oceania; Pierre Chanel

Chapter.  9791 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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