Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Summoning the Powers BeyondTraditional Religions in Micronesia$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jay Dobbin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832032

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832032.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM HAWAII SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.hawaii.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Hawaii University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in HSO for personal use (for details see www.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 20 October 2018

Overview of the Micronesian Religions

Overview of the Micronesian Religions

(p.14) Chapter 2 Overview of the Micronesian Religions
Summoning the Powers Beyond

Jay Dobbin

Francis X. Hezel

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter provides an overview of the Micronesian religions. Early visitors to Micronesia spoke about the region as having no religion or temples, although the earliest records did describe gods and worship. Micronesians regularly divided their spirits first into a family of the sky gods—often Anulap, Luuk, and Olofat—then another class of gods, categorized according to a genealogy of brothers and sisters, who live in the sky, sea, or under the sea but are thought of as patrons. They could be patrons of breadfruit, pandanus, fishing, navigation, or any of many other things as well. This second category of gods often comprises the culture heroes who bring technology to humans. Indeed, sky and patron gods are mostly beneficial to humans, bringing an abundance of food and practical knowledge.

Keywords:   Micronesian religions, sky gods, patron gods, culture heroes, technology, practical knowledge

Hawaii Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.