Christianisme, identités culturelles et communautés en Polynésie Française

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Title Christianisme, identités culturelles et communautés en Polynésie Française
Author FER, Yannick; MALOGNE-FER, Gwendoline
Description In French Polynesia, belonging to a religion is an essential point of reference. Formerly, identity was indissociably linked to a person’s religion, family and island of origin. This combination has been rendered more uncertain and flexible by both economic and social evolution and the contemporary diversity of French Polynesian churches. Thus the churches involved in the incorporation of Christianity into the cultures of the Polynesian communities need to redefine the cultural identities that they aim to respect. The theology of the EEPF (Evangelical Church of French Polynesia) aims to reinterpret the ma'ohi pre-missionary culture as a kind of “primitive Christianity”. The Catholic Church’s policy of reinterpreting Chinese traditional practices as “cultural” allows the Chinese community to reconcile Christianity with loyalty to their ancestors.
Subject Chinois; Maohi; Polynésie française; Communauté; Eglise catholique; Protestantisme; Culture; Christianisme; Bible; Appartenance religieuse; Community; Catholic Church; Protestantism; Culture; Christianity; Bible; Religious membership
Publisher CNRS Editions, Paris (FRA)
Date 2002

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