Ancestors in Post-contact Religion: Roots, Ruptures and Modernity's Memory

Ancestors in Post-contact Religion: Roots, Ruptures and Modernity's Memory

Paperback Religions of the World (Harvard)

Edited by Steven J. Friesen

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  • Format: Paperback | 310 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 231mm x 17mm | 395g
  • Publication date: 30 November 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass
  • ISBN 10: 0945454325
  • ISBN 13: 9780945454328
  • Edition statement: New.

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This volume addresses two facets common to our human experience. We are all descendants; we all have ancestors who make powerful claims on our lives. And we live in the aftermath of contact between European-based cultures and other civilisations. It is now clear that native religions are alive and adapting in the contemporary world, just as all religions have done in all eras. The phenomenon of ancestors is common to all humans, but while prominent in most indigenous traditions, it has been suppressed in western cultures. This volume articulates crucial issues in the study of post-contact religion through the themes of the ancestral ordering of the world, intense personal attachments to forebears, and the catastrophes of colonisation.

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