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Lucian Vevehupa

The Man Who Would Not Die

The Autobiography of an Orokaiva Man

€ 39.04


Over the past thirty years, Lucian Vevehupa told me many stories about his life, the past and the present, religion and politics... Every time, I was fascinated that so many things could happen to a man. Of course, all Papua New Guineans of his time went through tremendous undertakings that led them from the encounter with a violent colonial power to the need to fight against gigantic international companies to defend their land and way of life. Retaining this background, Lucian`s stories contained, however, other formidable accomplishments as well: he died and was resurrected repeatedly; he established several mission stations and schools in remote places; he has been a priest, a politician, and an outstanding traditional dancer. Most people would need five lives to accomplish all this.

However, what impressed me even more is that Lucian has a comprehensive coherent vision of the world. This gift is generally very rare among humans and, in the West for example, only a few outstanding philosophers have proven to possess it. Lucian`s coherence may seem all the more exceptional because PNG, the country he lives in, is currently confronted by several major ruptures: between old religions and new ones, between the former form of governance and the democratic state, between the morality of the gift and individualism...

In 2011, I asked Lucian whether he was willing to write an autobiography that I could publish. He agreed. He is such an active man that I was unsure he would find the time to do it. However, when I returned in 2012, he led me to his office and entrusted me with the manuscript of this book. When I first read it, I was surprised to find out that the first two-thirds of the text concerned his ancestors` life and the customs of his people, the Orokaiva. His personal story only came later. However, while enjoying his stories, I was once again captured by Lucian`s powerful coherence. Indeed, how could anyone seriously talk about one`s life, without first presenting the people, the ideas, the customs, and the beliefs that made him be who he is?

- André Iteanu, professor of anthropology in France





Taal / Language : English

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Diversen
74 pagina's
Januari 2013
215 gram
282 x 215 x 12 mm
University of Papua New Guinea Press pg


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