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
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
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