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Manus Pitek, Emily


The Manus are people native to Manus Province, Papua New Guinea. This entry focuses on those living in the village of Peri, around the time of 1929. At this time, Manus Province was under Australian control (1915-1975). The influence of Christian missionaries had not yet reached the Manus; this entry focuses on the traditional beliefs of the Manus. These beliefs centered around the spirits of recently deceased ancestors, who protect and monitor the family. The religious sphere of life was integrated with most aspects of society, so the religious group is considered coterminous with the society at large.

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