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Pakeha and River Spirituality: A Contextual Study of the Hutt River

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dc.contributor.advisor Troughton, Geoff
dc.contributor.advisor Morris, Paul Noakes, David 2011-10-05T20:50:20Z 2011-10-05T20:50:20Z 2011 2011
dc.description.abstract This thesis ... seeks to identify expressions of spirituality that have been evident in Pakeha interaction with and reflection upon the Hutt River since 1840. To achieve this, an historical-contextual approach has been adopted using Claire Wolfteich's premise that 'spirituality must be analysed through a historical-contextual approach which can uncover the contours of a community's spiritual practice in relation to a given time and place.' It is important to note here that the historical-contextual approach does not treat spirituality as purely metaphysical and therefore extraordinary to human experience or history. Instead, it recognizes social context as the very environment in which spirituality is located and found. Using this approach the thesis uncovers expressions of nature spirituality that have been operative in relation to the Hutt River since the arrival of the first European settlers. It demonstrates that a range of these spiritual expressions have always existed, and highlights the way that these spiritualities have been shaped, in varying degrees, by religious, economic, political and aesthetic factors. The evolution, accommodations and adaptations which have occurred amongst expressions of nature spirituality present a scene of diversity, complexity and variegation. Overall, this thesis therefore argues that various expressions of river spirituality are clearly evident in Pakeha interaction and relationships with the Hutt River. These expressions are complex in make up and how they interrelate with each other. River spirituality exists with its own unique set of dynamics within a wider discussion of Pakeha earth centered spirituality. (p. 7) en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Christianity en_NZ
dc.subject Ecology en_NZ
dc.subject Nature spirituality en_NZ
dc.title Pakeha and River Spirituality: A Contextual Study of the Hutt River en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 440207 Religion and Society en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ Religious Studies en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Master's en_NZ Master of Arts en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 220499 Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified en_NZ

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