Ancestors in Post-Contact Religion: Roots, Ruptures, and Modernity's Memory
edited by Steven J. Friesen
contributions by Pualani Kanahele, Laurel Kendall, Charles Long, Mary N. MacDonald, Jacob K. Olupona, Margaret Orbell, Jill Raitt, Diane Bell, Puanani Burgess, Ewert Cousins, William Ferea, Ulunui Garmon, John A. Grim, Rubellite Johnson and David Ka'upu
Harvard University Press, 2001
Cloth: 978-0-945454-31-1 | Paper: 978-0-945454-32-8
Library of Congress Classification BL467.A54 2001
Dewey Decimal Classification 291.2113


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 civilizations. 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 colonization.

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