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Making Sense of AIDSCulture, Sexuality, and Power in Melanesia$
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Leslie Butt and Richard Eves

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831936

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831936.001.0001

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Moral Reform and Miraculous Cures

Moral Reform and Miraculous Cures

Christian Healing and AIDS in New Ireland, Papua New Guinea

(p.206) 11 Moral Reform and Miraculous Cures
Making Sense of AIDS

Richard Eves

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses how new forms of Christianity have become a major influence on how the Lelet of central New Ireland comprehends HIV/AIDS. The cultural resources drawn on by the Lelet in making sense of the AIDS epidemic come from their own indigenous culture and also from their long history of contact with Western social forms, ideas, and practices, dating from early in the twentieth century. Thus, they have a long acquaintance with the beliefs and practices of biomedicine, which was introduced in the early days by missionaries. However, having been caught up in the recent wave of charismatic and Pentecostal evangelism, many Lelet now believe that God has the power to heal all afflictions, regardless of their cause.

Keywords:   Christianity, Lelet, AIDS epidemic, biomedicine, charismatic evangelism, Pentecostal evangelism

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