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The book announcement:
Edited by Pamela J. Stewart and Andrew J. Strathern
Ideas relating to the number 666, the skin, computers, bar codes, the Pope,
the Antichrist, the earth's decline, human sacrifice, the 'rapture', space
rockets, and the prophecies in Revelations: these are some of the topics
taken up in this original set of papers, emerging from an electronic
conference organized through the Centre for Pacific Studies at James Cook
University, Townsville, Australia, in July 1997.
The overall conference topic was 'millennial markers': ways in which
peoples are attempting to create meanings for historical happenings in the
years immediately prior to 2,000 A.D.
The main focus is on a transect of montane New Guinea cultures in which new
Christian ideas jostle indigenous ontologies of decline and renewal. These
ethnographic studies of
the Urapmin by Joel Robbins,
the Huli by Christopher Morgan, and
the Oksapmin by Lorenzo Brutti
are all new and take up different perspectives on phenomena that are
sweeping through the contemporary Pacific.
Theo Ahrens provides reminders of earlier markers in European history
exported to the Pacific by missionaries, and
Pamela J. Stewart and Andrew Strathern give an overview, suggesting
directions for future research.
$7.50 Australian, $6.00 US
Townsville:Centre for Pacific Studies
ISBN0 86443 639 4
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