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Religion and Social Organization in Central Polynesia


  • Date Published: November 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107625693

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  • Robert Wood Williamson (1856–1932) was a British solicitor and anthropologist who worked extensively in New Guinea and Polynesia. Originally published in 1937, this book was produced in edited form following an investigation of posthumous manuscripts arranged by Williamson's executors in 1935. The text presents a detailed account of religious and mythical structures in Central Polynesia and their relationship with the social organization of indigenous cultures. A detailed bibliography and textual notes are also included. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the Central Polynesian islands and the historical development of anthropology.

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    • Date Published: November 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107625693
    • length: 374 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Bibliography and abbreviations
    Part I. Gods and Worship:
    1. The creation and the gods
    2. Major Polynesian deities
    3. Island gods
    4. The worship of the gods
    5. Taboo
    6. Temples and burial places
    7. Sacred objects
    Part II. The Place of Religion in the Cultures of Central Polynesia:
    8. The study of primitive religion
    9. Religion and magic in the society islands
    10. Religious aspects of social organization in the society islands
    11. The sanctity of chieftanship
    12. Religion and economics
    13. Religion and law
    14. The place of religion in culture

  • Author

    Robert W. Williamson


    Ralph Piddington

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