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Pentecostal dreaming and technologies of governmentality in a Melanesian society

Eves, Richard

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Among the Lelet of central New Ireland (Papua New Guinea), a dramatic increase in Pentecostalist fervor has produced significant changes in dreaming. Traditionally, the Lelet have valued dreaming as a means of access to knowledge and power. Now it is seen as a gift bestowed by the Holy Spirit, giving access to new and different forms of knowledge and power. Pentecostalism lays down many rules of conduct for the avoidance of sin, and dreams now play a role in policing them. Drawing on Michel...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/23431
Source: American Ethnologist
DOI: 10.1111/j.1548-1425.2011.01335.x

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