Explores how indigenous peoples interprete Christianity
Carolyn Schwarz spent 17 months in the most remote part of northern Australia to conduct field work for her dissertation on how Christianity and Western religious systems either came together or conflicted with one another. "There hadn’t been much work on introduced religious practices in aboriginal Australia", she says to the journal Advance at the University of Conneticut:
In Western society, “religion is treated as being something separate,” she says, “But in aboriginal societies, religious beliefs are not as separated – politics and religion are one and the same. Religion is a way of life. It carries over into mundane activities, such as exchanging food, negotiating for money and receiving access to vehicles.”
Comment from: terry [Visitor]
as someone (just a balanda) who observed Carolyn go about her research during her Galiwin’ku days, well, I am still amazed to this day by her class, graciousness, persistence and most of all humility - but I suppose these (and more) are attributes of a great anthropoligist.
manymak djama yapa.
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