“We Are <i>Ekelesia</i>”: Conversion in Uiaku, Papua New Guinea

Robert W. Hefner

in Conversion to Christianity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 1993 | ISBN: 9780520078352
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520912564 | DOI:
“We Are Ekelesia”: Conversion in Uiaku, Papua New Guinea

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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

Chapter.  13794 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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