By Charles E. Farhadian
Even though over 80 percentage of the rustic is Muslim, Indonesia is marked by means of a unprecedented variety in language, ancestry, tradition, faith and methods of lifestyles. This ebook specializes in the Christian Dani of West Papua, offering a social and ethnographic heritage of an important indigenous inhabitants within the bothered province. It provides a desirable assessment of the Dani’s conversion to Christianity, studying the social, spiritual and political makes use of to which they've got placed their new faith. according to self sustaining examine performed over a long time one of the Dani humans, the ebook offers an abundance of recent fabric on spiritual and political occasions in West Papua. Underlining the guts of Christian-Muslim rivalries, the booklet questions the destiny of faith in late-modern occasions.
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Early missionaries were the first to record Dani morphologies, write primers, and construct dictionaries of local Dani languages and as early as the 1960s the Dani were taught in Dani, Dutch, and Malay languages. Western Christian missionaries were the first to record extensive ethnographic data of the Dani language and culture. Dani language studies by early missionaries Dr Myron Bromley (CMA), Dr Gordon Larson (CMA), and Dr P. van der Strap, OFM (Roman Catholic) remain the most authoritative Dani language sources today.
On the ground level, as they encountered both Western missions and Indonesia’s New Order regime, upland Dani concomitantly confronted a variety of attempts and appeals to be converted to a particular vision of the new world. The Western mission enterprise 25 Ideals of the New Society The establishment of the New Order regime in 1966 embodied an explicit attempt to create a just and prosperous society, often called the “New Society” in Indonesian propaganda literature, invigorated by economic stability through aggressive development strategies and efforts to instill national unity upon Indonesia’s fissiparous population.
SARA and the rise of Dani “orang bodoh” The New Order’s disregard of ethnicity, religion, and race in its attempt to realize visi keIndonesiaan in part reflected the nation’s blindness to ethnicity. Topics about Suku (ethnicity), Agama (religion), Ras (race), and Antar golongan (groups or classes) or SARA were prohibited by the New Order state, while the illusive notion of “Indonesianness” was apotheosized. According to this model, the Dani, along with other highlanders, occupied the bottom rung of a racial hierarchy where Asians, and particularly Caucasians, were on top.