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Chiefs of the Pacific

Abstract : As a guideline to reading the articles of the thematic section “Chiefs of the Pacific,” this introduction suggests differentiating sacred chiefs and secular chiefs, understanding them respectively as a person receiving respect and supplying blessings in a hierarchical order and as the same person (or another) when the context changes to attribute political and/or economic power to them and put them at the summit of a social stratification. The four articles illustrate how this distinction became particularly useful after colonization.
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Simonne Pauwels. Chiefs of the Pacific. 61 (2), University of Toronto Press, 2019, Anthropologica, ⟨10.3138/anth.2018-0027⟩. ⟨hal-01968484⟩

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