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Like fire : the Paliau movement and millenarianism in Melanesia

Author: Theodore Schwartz; Michael French Smith; Australian National University Press.
Publisher: Acton, ACT : ANU Press, 2021. ©2021
Series: Monographs in anthropology series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Like Fire chronicles an indigenous movement for radical change in Papua New Guinea from 1946 to the present. The movement's founder, Paliau Maloat, promoted a program for step-by-step social change in which many of his followers also found hope for a miraculous millenarian transformation. Drawing on data collected over several decades, Theodore Schwartz and Michael French Smith describe the movement's history,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Like fire : the Paliau movement and millenarianism in Melanesia.
Acton, ACT : ANU Press, 2021.
(OCoLC)1247150926
Named Person: Paliau Maloat
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Theodore Schwartz; Michael French Smith; Australian National University Press.
ISBN: 9781760464257 1760464252
OCLC Number: 1247151119
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 540 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Preface: Why, how, and for whom --
Spelling and pronunciation of Tok Pisin words and Manus proper names --
'The last few weeks have been strange and exciting' --
2. Taking exception --
3. Indigenous life in the Admiralty Islands --
4. World wars and village revolutions --
5. The Paliau Movement begins --
6. Big Noise from Rambutjo --
7. After the Noise --
8. The Cemetery Cult hides in plain sight --
9. The Cemetery Cult revealed --
10. Comparing the cults --
11. Paliau ends the Cemetery Cult --
12. Rise and fall --
13. The road to Wind Nation --
14. Wind Nation in 2015 --
15. Probably not the last prophet --
Appendix A: Pathomimetic behaviour --
Appendix B: Kalopeu: Manus Kastam Kansol Stori --
Appendix C: Lists of thirty rules and twelve rules.
Series Title: Monographs in anthropology series.
Responsibility: Theodore Schwartz and Michael French Smith.

Abstract:

Like Fire chronicles an indigenous movement for radical change in Papua New Guinea from 1946 to the present. The movement's founder, Paliau Maloat, promoted a program for step-by-step social change in which many of his followers also found hope for a miraculous millenarian transformation. Drawing on data collected over several decades, Theodore Schwartz and Michael French Smith describe the movement's history, Paliau's transformation from secular reformer and politician to Melanesian Jesus, and the development of the current incarnation of the movement as Wind Nation, a fully millenarian endeavour. Their analysis casts doubt on common ways of understanding a characteristically Melanesian form of millenarianism, the cargo cult, and questions widely accepted ways of interpreting millenarianism in general. They show that to understand the human proclivity for millenarianism we must scrutinise more closely two near-universal human tendencies: difficulty accepting the role of chance or impersonal forces in shaping events (that is, the tendency to personify causation), and a tendency to imagine that one or one's group is the focus of the malign or benign attention of purposeful entities, from the local to the cosmic. Schwartz and Smith discuss the prevalence of millenarianism and warn against romanticising it, because the millenarian mind can subvert rationality and nourish rage and fear even as it seeks transcendence.--From publisher's website.

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