Fa'a'nakkar cultural values in a Micronesian society
Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania • (2) • Published In 1977 • Pages: x, 180
By: Caughey, John L..
AbstractIn this study, Caughey discusses Chuuk cultural values--character, in particular--and their relationship to social behavior. The Chuuk classify and evaluate character according to three basic dimensions: bravery vs. cowardice, respectfulness vs. arrogance, and strong thought vs. weak thought. Bravery, respectfulness and strong thought are considered the ideal, although arrogance is tolerated in association with bravery. According to Caughey, these definitions of character 'embody the basic rules of conduct that are necessary for achieving and maintaining a desirable reputation (46).' Caughey shows how lending, giving, sharing and destroying valuables relates to character perception, self-esteem and being 'a person of consequence.' Valuables include land, food, goods and special knowledge. The various kinds of special knowledge are house building, canoe building, navigation, fighting, divination, curing, sorcery, strategy, and love magic.
- HRAF PubDate
- Sub Region
- Document Type
- Ian Skoggard ; 1997
- Coverage Date
- Coverage Place
- Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia
- by John L. Caughey
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-180)
- Trukese (Micronesian people)