Becoming a Christian in Fiji: An Ethnographic Study of Ontogeny

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By means of an ethnographic and developmental analysis, this article shows how everyday ritual practice is fundamental to people's constitution over time of ideas that, in this case, inform a specifically Fijian Christianity Focusing on the developmental process that is the fixation of belief, and on the significance of ritual for this process, it explores transformations in ideas about God, Sunday school, and death ceremonies held by Sawaieke girls and boys between 7 years, 10 months and 13 years old. The broader objective is to demonstrate, first, how data obtained systematically from children can illuminate our understanding of ritual and its significance, and, secondly, how in analysis of the developmental process necessarily entails a concomitant analysis of the social relations that inform it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)709-727
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003


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