Otto, Ton. The Paliau movement in Manus and the objectification of tradition

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: The Paliau movement in Manus and the objectification of tradition

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph History and anthropology -- Vol. 5, no. 3-4

Published By: Original publisher History and anthropology -- Vol. 5, no. 3-4 Chur [Switzerland] ; New York: Harwood Academic. 1992. 427-454 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Ton Otto

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2005. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Manus (OM06)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Acculturation and culture contact (177); Religious denominations (795); Missions (797);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is the story of the conversion of the Manus to Christianity. Otto describes how it was almost an overnight phenomenon after an initial 15-year period of slow if negligible success. He explains the reason for this sudden change to an accumulation of events that finally tipped the balance in favor of the new religion. He is interested in the possible motives for mass conversion which are not discussed by missionaries, who instead attributed it to a miracle. Otto explains the conversion in terms of the Manus strong motivation for cultural experimentation which predisposes them to adopt enthusiastically a creed once it is seen as effective. In a similar vein, Otto also discusses a later anti-colonial movement reacting against social inequalities.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 13

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. om06-013

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Journal Article

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 453-454)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1986-1997

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-4, 5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ; 2004

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1885-1990

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Manus Province, Papua New Guinea

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Manus (Papua New Guinea people)


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