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A Faraway, Familiar PlaceAn Anthropologist Returns to Papua New Guinea$
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Michael French Smith

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836863

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836863.001.0001

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God the Father, the Son, His Mother, and the Holy Spirit

God the Father, the Son, His Mother, and the Holy Spirit

(p.147) Chapter 11 God the Father, the Son, His Mother, and the Holy Spirit
A Faraway, Familiar Place

Michael French Smith

University of Hawai'i Press

The author discusses the attitudes of Kragur people toward religion. He talks about the role of religion in Kragur villagers' experience of the modern world and how they have used religion to try to control money. Papua New Guinea's constitution guarantees freedom of religion, but its preamble also acknowledges the widespread influence of Christianity when it speaks of “our noble traditions and the Christian principles that are ours.” About 96 percent of PNG's people are affiliated with a Christian denomination, with Catholicism having the largest number of adherents. Most of PNG's people were Christians, but a lot of Kragur people don't really care what others think of their religious identity. The author describes Kragur people's religious life, including their belief in God and the Virgin Mary as well as their charismatic worship practices.

Keywords:   religion, Kragur, money, Papua New Guinea, Christianity, Catholicism, Christians, religious identity, religious life, charismatic worship

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