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Reassessing the death of Bishop John Coleridge Patteson

Kolshus, Thorgeir; Hovdhaugen*, Even

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  "description": "THE FIRST BISHOP OF MELANESIA, JOHN COLERIDGE PATTESON OF THE ANGLICAN\nMelanesian Mission, was killed 20 September 1871 on Nukapu, an islet in\nwhat today is the Vaeakau district of the Temotu province of the Solomon Islands.\nNext to John Williams of the London Missionary Society (LMS), he figures as the\nmost prominent martyr in the Christianisation of the Western Pacific. The stories\nof his life and death occupy a central position in the popular religious mythology\nof the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu and in the history of the Anglican Church.\nFrom the outset, Patteson's killing has been interpreted as an act of revenge\nfor the kidnapping of five men from Nukapu by labour recruiters or\n'blackbirders' only days before the bishop landed. But we challenge this\ninterpretation. By combining readings of various mission sources with an analysis of\ncontemporary narratives recorded during linguistic fieldwork on Nukapu and\nother islands in Temotu, we offer two other, and more likely, explanations for the killing.", 
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      "name": "Kolshus, Thorgeir"
      "@type": "Person", 
      "name": "Hovdhaugen*, Even"
  "headline": "Reassessing the death of Bishop John Coleridge Patteson", 
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  "datePublished": "2010-12-01", 
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  "@type": "ScholarlyArticle", 
  "name": "Reassessing the death of Bishop John Coleridge Patteson"
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