Northern Illinois University Press

Nuclear Nativity

Rituals of Renewal and Empowerment in the Marshall Islands

Laurence Marshall Carucci

"Outstanding.... A major contribution."—Journal of Ritual Studies

"Thorough and insightful. [Carucci] has presented a reading that brings closer the experience and worldview of the Marshall Islanders."—Center for Pacific Islands Studies


The leading authority on the lifeways of the Enewetak people explores the rituals, customs, and meanings of the Kurijmoj festival. Illuminating the empowering aspects of rituals involved in feasts, competitive games, speeches, dances, songs of apocalypse, and gift giving, Carucci offers a wealth of insights into a celebration the Enewetak people have made uniquely their own.

(1997) 232 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-87580-217-6
cloth $35.50

Table of Contents

1. Kurijmoj on Wujlan
2. Fundamental Principles: Contexts of Exchange
3. Eating the Food of My Enemies: Production, Consumption, and the Work of the Gods
4. Spheres of Symbolic Action: The Feasting Format, Karate, and Kalbuuj
5. Supportive Devices: Spatial and Social Logistics
6. Supportive Devices: The Symbolics of the Senses in Kurijmoj
7. Ritual Performance, Local Identity, and the Construction of Meaning: Core Themes and Innovative Applications

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ISBN: 978-0-87580-217-6
cloth $35.50