By Charles E. Farhadian
Although over 80 percentage of the rustic is Muslim, Indonesia is marked by means of a unprecedented range in language, ancestry, tradition, faith and methods of lifestyles. This booklet makes a speciality of the Christian Dani of West Papua, delivering a social and ethnographic background of crucial indigenous inhabitants within the bothered province. It offers a desirable evaluation of the Dani’s conversion to Christianity, analyzing the social, spiritual and political makes use of to which they've got placed their new religion.
Based on self reliant study performed over a long time one of the Dani humans, the publication offers an abundance of recent fabric on spiritual and political occasions in West Papua. Underlining the guts of Christian-Muslim rivalries, the e-book questions the destiny of faith in late-modern times.
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With “unmistakable overtones of paternalism. . Javanese officials saw themselves on a ‘mission’ to ‘civilize’ backward (masih bodoh) [literally, ‘still stupid’], naked Papuans” (Gietzelt 1989: 205). 4 The establishment of “security” in the regency of Jayawijaya through military force preceded cultural and economic development of the region. Presidential Decrees No. 75 and 93 of 1969 provided raison d’etre for the establishment of the Task Force whose forthright objective was to develop Jayawijaya according to well-defined national development ideals.
As missionaries later built airstrips and received copious goods delivered by Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) Cessnas and helicopters, Dani associated material blessings with Christian mission. The location of an airstrip came to be identified as “important influences on all future developments associated with the government and the missionaries,” becoming centers of mission outreach and community development (Hayward 1997: 94). Constructing the New Jerusalem Upon arrival early missionaries became students of local languages and cultures, driven by the urgency to share the gospel in the Dani vernacular.
International press coverage at the time reflects the travesty and tragedy of the Act of Free Choice: We do not attach much credit to this free choice, for there is no question of a real choice. The Indonesians have done everything possible to make it appear so, but at the same time news of Papuans being persecuted came in from other sources. (Het Vaderland, The Hague, June 18, 1969) According to Jakarta the decision in West Irian has already been made, even though a few pollings will still have to be held.