Christianity, Islam and Nationalism in Indonesia (Routledge by Charles E. Farhadian

By Charles E. Farhadian

Although over 80 percentage of the rustic is Muslim, Indonesia is marked by means of a unprecedented variety in language, ancestry, tradition, faith and methods of existence. This ebook makes a speciality of the Christian Dani of West Papua, supplying a social and ethnographic historical past of an important indigenous inhabitants within the stricken province. It offers a desirable review of the Dani’s conversion to Christianity, analyzing the social, spiritual and political makes use of to which they've got placed their new religion.

Based on autonomous examine conducted over decades one of the Dani humans, the publication presents an abundance of recent fabric on spiritual and political occasions in West Papua. Underlining the guts of Christian-Muslim rivalries, the ebook questions the destiny of faith in late-modern times.

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They will come. From where, we don’t know. ” The old people did not say that those people were the ones who were going to bring nabelan kabelan. They also said, “You will stay together with them in good relationship, like friends. After that, something bad will come. The difficulty will be that you will hold the fire in your hand, but it won’t burn your hand. You gather the fire, but your body doesn’t get hot. A big snake will come and eat you. ” Because of these words, people received the gospel and they learned about what the Bible said about hell.

All are being painted (mostly creosote base with while enamel trim) and some have glass louvre [sic] windows. The largest to be built so far is the Eromaga church. 00), not to mention the twenty-five pigs paid to saw and carpenter crews. (Larson and Larson 1976a: 3) By 1969, the mission at Pyramid had built so much that at one point it was mistaken for Wamena, the largest town in the highlands, by the pilot of a twinengine Beachcraft. At that point, there were two five-room dormitory conference The Western mission enterprise 17 buildings, one daily vacation Bible school building, one office-clinic building, one kitchen-vegetable building, one general storage building for missionary use, a prep school and teacher’s house, and a five-room school and teacher’s house at the village of Tagi.

E. salvation) was nabalan kabalan, among Me it was ayi, among the Damal hai, among the Moni hazi, and among the Yali nabalal kabalal (Sunda 1987). : 42; see also Godschalk 1988: 2–5). Although nabelan kabelan was understood broadly, it was measured practically through increase of food, betterment of health, and general prosperity. Local recipients of mission Christianity believed that accepting the message of the gospel was tantamount to receiving eternal life on earth, with the guarantee that their skin would be regenerated, disease would end, and crops would yield plenteous sweet potatoes.

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