My land is my own : towards a theology of land as sacrament of God among the Kalam people

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dc.contributor.author Siep, James en
dc.date.accessioned 2008-09-22T22:22:30Z en
dc.date.available 2008-09-22T22:22:30Z en
dc.date.issued 2002 en
dc.identifier.issn THESIS en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/2977 en
dc.description Restricted Item. Print thesis available in the University of Auckland Library or may be available through Interlibrary Loan. en
dc.description.abstract This thesis is an attempt to contribute to the growing discussions towards understanding the increasing critical land-related crisis in Papua New Guinea. It starts from the contention that land is a deeply spiritual reality and that merely economic, political, anthropological or geographical understandings of land are incomplete. This thesis is an attempt towards that suggesting land is an important category of faith and therefore a possible starting point towards both a better understanding of the land related crisis and a starting point for incarnating the gospel within Melanesia. This thesis analyses the beliefs, attitudes and relationship to land from the perspectives of the Kalam people. Land for the Kalam people is an important and integral part of their being. It is held to be sacred, and is indeed their life. It serves as the main point of reference in shaping identity and ordering pattens of behaviour and in regulating political, economic, social and religious transactions. Land represents the peoples' sense of identity, being and belonging. All aspects of life are an expression of dynamic tension that holds the land, humans and spirits together in a triad of unity. Land defines the Kalam relationship to the creator and the spirit world. These understandings and beliefs reveal a deeply profound attachment to the land. Land manifests the presence of God so that land can and does for the Kalam become sacrament of God. en
dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA1176751 en
dc.rights Restricted Item. Print thesis available in the University of Auckland Library or may be available through Interlibrary Loan. en
dc.rights.uri https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/docs/uoa-docs/rights.htm en
dc.title My land is my own : towards a theology of land as sacrament of God among the Kalam people en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Masters en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/ClosedAccess en


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