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Kenelm Burridge. Many of our ebooks are available through library electronic resources including these platforms:. Melanesians had long believed that the sign of the millennium would be the arrival of their ancestors in ships bearing lavish material goods, and they interpreted the advent of European vessels as the fulfillment of these expectations. Originally published in The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press.
These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. What sets Mambu apart from the array of other works on these cults is Burridge's philosophical—one might almost say existentialist—perspective. No less fully than others does he describe in detail the political and especially the social conditions that undeniably spurred the emergence of the cults.
But he is distinctive in focusing on the consequences of those political and social upheavals for the world view of the Melanesians. Illus: 29 illus. Overview Reviews 1.
Mambu: A Melanesian Millennium
Kenelm Burridge was born in October in Malta . After a childhood in Lucknow , India , he attended school in Great Britain. Although his ship, HMS Splendid , was sunk off Naples , Italy in and he was captured, Burridge escaped, returned to naval service, and retired as a lieutenant three years later. In he received his Ph. As his scholarly books and papers attest, Burridge has conducted fieldwork in Papua New Guinea , Malaya where he was a research fellow at the University of Malaya , Australia , New Hebrides , and India. His main interests during his scholarly career have been the ethnography of Oceania , and Malaya ; religion; chiliasms ; social and symbolic organization; anthropological history and theory; myth ; museology ; and missionaries and missiology. Many of his studies have looked specifically at millenarianism and cargo cults , and religious aspects of cultural change.