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Summoning the Powers BeyondTraditional Religions in Micronesia$
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Jay Dobbin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832032

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832032.001.0001

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The Religion of Kosrae

The Religion of Kosrae

(p.104) Chapter 5 The Religion of Kosrae
Summoning the Powers Beyond

Jay Dobbin

Francis X. Hezel

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on the religion of Kosrae. The Kosraean gods and priests are similar to the gods and priests found in old Pohnpei and Yap. Both Pohnpei and Yap had cultic centers dedicated to different gods and attended to by hierarchical colleges of priests. Kosrae is different, however, because of the supporting relationship between the rural priesthoods, the centralized priesthood, and the centralized political structure. Their two main dieties were Sinlaka, the breadfruit goddess, and her husband Nosrunsrap, the god of thunder and associated with the turtle. Other deities include Nalik, patron of canoe building; Niatiat, patroness of fishing; Selik, a bush spirit; and Sikaus, associated with the many taboo places.

Keywords:   Kosrae religion, Kosraean gods, Kosraean priests, rural priesthoods, centralized priesthood, centralized politics, Sinlaka, Nosrunsrap

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