This chapter focuses on the circulation and appropriation of transnational Marian objects and beliefs during the Bougainville conflict (1989-1999). I show how circulation drove the formation of new religious movements, and how ritual elements were appropriated into secessionist protests and practices of resistance, as well as in local peace efforts. By following these paths of circulation, the fluidity of religious beliefs across boundaries of nation state and community come to the fore, providing insight into how the appropriation of religious objects informs both nationalism and communitas.
|Title of host publication||Flows of Faith: Religious Reach and Community in Asia and the Pacific|
|Editors||Lenore Manderson, Wendy Smith and Matt Tomlinson|
|Place of Publication||Dordrecht Heidelberg London New York|
|Publisher||Springer Science + Business Media|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|