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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 Palau

The Religion of Palau

(p.165) Chapter 8 The Religion of Palau
Summoning the Powers Beyond

Jay Dobbin

Francis X. Hezel

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on the religion of Palau, studying the three charter myths that set forth not only the Palauan beliefs about the gods and the cosmos but also beliefs about the social structure. These three charter myths show two eras in the evolution of Palauan social structure, the archaic and the new, in which three beings or goddesses—Latmikaik, Chuab, and Milad—closely interact with the sky gods to produce the polity of Palau. In these myths, the gods prepare Palau for human habitation. The end result is a Palau populated by human beings with power and dominance resting in four village/district complexes: Imiungs, Melekeok, Imelik, and Koror.

Keywords:   Palauan religion, charter myths, Palauan beliefs, Palauan social structure, Latmikaik, Chuab, Milad

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