Pasifika secrets

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In this chapter I address the overlapping identities, cultures and practices of Pasifika (Pacific Island) natives. In the process, I seek to shift the attention on two spheres: first, a shift from essentialism (of 'who I am' and 'who we are') to praxis (of 'what we do'), and second, a complementing shift from individualism to communalism. Our people are because of what we do with and for one another, rather than what we eat or how we entertain. The double movement locates this chapter under the shadows of liberation reflection, and requires the one who wishes to unpack who we are to be involved in what we do. One cannot just observe what we do, but must join our performances (Talanoa, dance, feasting, Heliaki), if s/he wants to be warmed by the cultural 'secrets' which show that we are neither pacific nor naïve.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAsian and Oceanic Christianities in conversation
Subtitle of host publicationExploring theological Identities at home and in diaspora
EditorsHeup Young Kim, Fumitaka Matsuoka, Anri Morimoto
Place of PublicationAmsterdam, The Netherlands
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9789042032996
ISBN (Print)9789042032989
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameStudies in world Christianity and interreligious relations


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