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Modekngei: A New Religion in Belau, Micronesia (review)

Modekngei: A New Religion in Belau, Micronesia (review) book and media reviews Modekngei: A New Religion in Belau, Micronesia, by Machiko Aoyagi. Tokyo: Shinsensha Press, 2002. isbn 4­7877­0207­6; xi + 378 pages, tables, figures, photographs, maps, appendix, glossary, place names, notes, bibliography, index. ¥3500. Originally published in Japanese in 1985, this is an ethnographic account about the Modekngei religion of Belau (the Republic of Palau) in western Micronesia. The religion was founded around 1914, during the Japanese occupation of the islands. Until now, most scholars who conducted research on Modekngei have characterized it as an anticolonial social movement, from its beginning and throughout the Japanese administration period, which took on the guise of syncretic religion. In this book, Machiko Aoyagi challenges the prevalent notion by providing counterhistorical narratives collected from Belauan people, and detailed descriptions of Modekngei theology and religious practices among the followers. She argues that Modekngei was not an antiJapanese movement, at least at the time of its rise and in the early developmental stage, and has been a religion of Belau. The outstanding characteristic of this book is no doubt the amount of information about Modekngei religion that Aoyagi makes accessible to readers. Perhaps due to the nature of Modekngei, most former researchers http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Modekngei: A New Religion in Belau, Micronesia (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 15 (2) – Aug 7, 2003

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book and media reviews Modekngei: A New Religion in Belau, Micronesia, by Machiko Aoyagi. Tokyo: Shinsensha Press, 2002. isbn 4­7877­0207­6; xi + 378 pages, tables, figures, photographs, maps, appendix, glossary, place names, notes, bibliography, index. ¥3500. Originally published in Japanese in 1985, this is an ethnographic account about the Modekngei religion of Belau (the Republic of Palau) in western Micronesia. The religion was founded around 1914, during the Japanese occupation of the islands. Until now, most scholars who conducted research on Modekngei have characterized it as an anticolonial social movement, from its beginning and throughout the Japanese administration period, which took on the guise of syncretic religion. In this book, Machiko Aoyagi challenges the prevalent notion by providing counterhistorical narratives collected from Belauan people, and detailed descriptions of Modekngei theology and religious practices among the followers. She argues that Modekngei was not an antiJapanese movement, at least at the time of its rise and in the early developmental stage, and has been a religion of Belau. The outstanding characteristic of this book is no doubt the amount of information about Modekngei religion that Aoyagi makes accessible to readers. Perhaps due to the nature of Modekngei, most former researchers

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Published: Aug 7, 2003

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