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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

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

Jay Dobbin

Francis X. Hezel

University of Hawai'i Press

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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