By Charles E. Farhadian
Although over 80 percentage of the rustic is Muslim, Indonesia is marked via a rare range in language, ancestry, tradition, faith and methods of existence. This publication specializes in the Christian Dani of West Papua, supplying a social and ethnographic background of an important indigenous inhabitants within the afflicted province. It provides a desirable review of the Dani’s conversion to Christianity, reading the social, non secular and political makes use of to which they've got positioned their new religion.
Based on self sufficient study performed over a long time one of the Dani humans, the publication offers an abundance of latest fabric on spiritual and political occasions in West Papua. Underlining the guts of Christian-Muslim rivalries, the e-book questions the destiny of faith in late-modern times.
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