Journey along Mythic Paths

Terence E. Hays

in Ethnographic Presents

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 1992 | ISBN: 9780520077454
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520912342 | DOI:
Journey along Mythic Paths

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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

Chapter.  19024 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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