1st Edition

The Religions of Oceania

By Tony Swain, Garry Trompf Copyright 1995

    More than a quarter of the world's religions are to be found in the regions of Australia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, together called Oceania. The Religions of Oceania is the first book to bring together up-to-date information on the great and changing variety of traditional religions in the Pacific zone. The book also deals with indigenous Christianity and its wide influence across the region, and includes new religious movements generated by the responses of indigenous peoples to colonists and missionaries, the best known of these being the `Cargo Cults' of Melanesia.
    The authors present a thorough and accessible examination of the fascinating diversity of religious practices in the area, analysing new religious developments, and provideing clear interpretative tools and a mine of information to help the student better understand the world's most complex ethnologic tapestry.

    Introduction Part I Australia (Tony Swain) 1 Tradition 2 Cults of intrusion 3 Missions, Christianity and modernity Part II Pacific Islands (Garry Trompf) 4 Tradition 5 Cults of intrusion 6 Missions, Christianity and modernity


    Tony Swain is Lecturer at the School of Studies in Religion, and Garry Trompf is Associate Professor in the School of Studies in Religion and Fellow of the Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific, both at the University of Sydney.