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Suzanne S. Finney, Mary Mostafanezhad, Guido Carlo Pigliasco, and Forrest Wade Young

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824847593

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824847593.001.0001

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Ta‘aroa Is Great, Good and Mā‘ohi

Ta‘aroa Is Great, Good and Mā‘ohi

Nationalism and Spiritual Identity in Contemporary Tahiti

(p.253) Ta‘aroa Is Great, Good and Mā‘ohi
At Home and in the Field

Lorenz Gonschor

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the politicization of religion and spirituality in contemporary Tahiti. Proindependence political parties in Tahiti, historically, have been strongly aligned with Protestant Christianity. However, the chapter illustrates that a new religious group in Tahiti, Te Hivarereata, is increasingly persuading Tahitian nationalists to reclaim ancestral religious practices and disentangle Christianity from their identity. This look into contemporary religious revival in Tahiti shows that an identity problem exists among many contemporary Mā‘ohi. Although recent Christian theologians have attempted to reconcile this problem by simply equating Christianity with the traditional Tahitian religion, the chapter contends that the two belief systems must acknowledge each other's difference and respect each other's right to exist as equals within a pluralistic society. As the thoughts and actions of Sunny Moana‘ura Walker and his association, Te Hivarereata, have shown here, traditional Mā‘ohi religion has no problem acknowledging other religions.

Keywords:   Tahiti, Mā‘ohi, Mā‘ohi religion, Te Hivarereata, Sunny Moana‘ura Walker, Protestantism, Christianity, religious practices, religious revival

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