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Marshallese also known as “Marshall Islanders” Pitek, Emily


The Marshall Islanders (or Marshallese) are a group of people who live in settlements across the atolls and coral pinnacles of the Marshall Islands (now an independent country known as the Republic of the Marshall Islands). This entry focuses on the Jaluit Atoll ca. 1900. At this time the Marshall Islands were under German control. The Marshallese have been in contact with missionaries since the mid-nineteenth century. A detailed ethnographic account of the Marshallese religious beliefs prior to Christian influence was not recorded, so much of the available information is reconstructive. Most of the information concerning the Marshallese religion is in the form of myths. With this in mind, this entry only answers questions when information on everyday beliefs (rather than mythical accounts) of the natives is available.

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