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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 Kiribati and Nauru

The Religion of Kiribati and Nauru

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(p.189) Chapter 9 The Religion of Kiribati and Nauru
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Summoning the Powers Beyond
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Jay Dobbin

Francis X. Hezel

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832032.003.0009

This chapter discusses the religion of Kiribati and Nauru. There are references in the Kiribati mythology to parts of a cosmos that seem to reflect the northern Micronesia cosmos. One example is that there are layers of sky within the vault of the heavens. At the horizon, there is a wall to hold in the limits of the sea called the “hidden places of heaven.” The sun and moon journeyed down along this wall and through the world-under-the-sea. The world-under-the-sea was a mirror image of earth, with a population of humans and their deceased ancestors—the anti. The cosmos for the Nauruans of old was similar to that of the Kiribati. What is different, however, is the ending of a cosmos that was once pure beauty and goodness with the birth of evil and suffering.

Keywords:   Kiribati religion, Nauruans, Kiribati mythology, Micronesia cosmos, anti, deceased ancestors

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