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Mambu: A Melanesian Millennium (Mythos)

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Perhaps the most famous modern-day millenarian movements are the "cargo cults" of Melanesia, active especially during the 1930s and 1950s. Melanesians had long believed that the sign of the millennium would be the arrival of their ancestors in ships bearing lavish material goods, and they interpreted the advent of European vessels as the fulfillment of these expectations. As it became apparent that the Europeans meant to keep the goods and to colonize the people, scores of small-scale revolts known as cargo cults emerged as attempts to secure the cargo and thereby preserve the people's most cherished religious beliefs: native aspirations for individual and cultural redemption fastened on local charismatic leaders, of whom Mambu was the greatest.

Originally published in 1995.

The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Synopsis:

"This is a book not just about cargo cults or even about millenarianism generally but about the ways humans strive to make sense of the most wrenching kinds of upheavals in their lives. What sets Mambu apart from the array of other works on these cults is Burridge's philosophical--one might almost say existentialist--perspective. No less fully than others does he describe in detail the political and especially the social conditions that undeniably spurred the emergence of the cults. But he is distinctive in focusing on the consequences of those political and social upheavals for the world view of the Melanesians."--Robert Segal, Lancaster University

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 285-288) and index.

Table of Contents

PREFACE TO THE 1995 EDITION xv

PREFACE xix

PROLOGUE 1

I THE NEW GUINEA SCENE 14

II THE PEOPLE 45

III THE PEOPLE 72

IV THE PEOPLE 112

V THE MYTH-DREAM 147

VI THE MYTH-DREAM 177

VII THE MYTH-DREAM 208

VIII CARGO 246

APPENDIX A 285

APPENDIX B 289

INDEX 291

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691001661
Subtitle:
A Melanesian Millennium
Author:
Burridge, Jenelm
Author:
Burridge, Kenelm O.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Papua new guinea
Subject:
Acculturation
Subject:
Cargo cults
Subject:
Acculturation -- Papua New Guinea.
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Mind, Body & Spirit
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Mythos Paperback
Series Volume:
no. 16 - no. 29
Publication Date:
19950423
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
29 illus. 5 maps and diagrams
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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"Synopsis" by , "This is a book not just about cargo cults or even about millenarianism generally but about the ways humans strive to make sense of the most wrenching kinds of upheavals in their lives. What sets Mambu apart from the array of other works on these cults is Burridge's philosophical--one might almost say existentialist--perspective. No less fully than others does he describe in detail the political and especially the social conditions that undeniably spurred the emergence of the cults. But he is distinctive in focusing on the consequences of those political and social upheavals for the world view of the Melanesians."--Robert Segal, Lancaster University
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