Entanglements of Empire: Missionaries, Maori, and the Question of the Body
Tony Ballantyne is Professor of History at the University of Otago. He is the author or editor of many books, including Between Colonialism and Diaspora: Sikh Cultural Formations in an Imperial World and Bodies in Contact: Rethinking Colonial Encounters in World History, both also published by Duke University Press.
Cultures of Death
Death and deathways occupied a central position in the collision between bodily regimes on the New Zealand frontier. For missionaries understanding Māori views of death was a crucial element in their attempts to create a vernacularized Christianity in northern New Zealand. These beliefs, of course, were the very things that the missionaries hoped to reshape, reform or supplant with a new cosmology built around the conflict between good and evil, God’s love, and atoning power of Christ’s sacrifice. However Māori never passively accepted these new interpretations of the order of things. Although some key elements of evangelical belief and practice...