Chuukese bring home their dead and mourn for many days
Posted: May 3, 2019 - 11:03am
In the Chuuk Lagoon, the dead are often buried very close to the house, rather than in separate cemeteries. Funerals are major, multi-night events organized and attended by the whole community, and by relatives from abroad if possible.
Worship shaped by values of deference and respect in Chuuk
Posted: April 30, 2019 - 2:26pm
Respect, the paramount value in Micronesian society, is communicated by deference: by speaking quietly and often lowering one’s eyes; by trying not to “stand above” another; or even trying not to stand out from the crowd. So it is at worship.
Lineage and gendered deference define traditional Chuukese family values
Posted: April 30, 2019 - 12:02pm
Lineage groups, not the Western nuclear family, have long been the most determinative family structure in Chuuk. Respect, deference and modesty are core cultural values. Respect is demonstrated through distance, deference, and silence.
Celebrating Easter twice: Holy Week in a Palestinian Village
Posted: April 25, 2019 - 11:33am
Easter is the most important feast for Palestinian Christians, and is celebrated in a particularly Palestinian way. In the Christian village of Taybeh, Holy Week is a time of unity.
Mourning, burying the dead bring community together in Yap
Posted: April 19, 2019 - 1:10pm
Funerals serve a highly valued communal function, as the ritual occasion designed in significant part to make families put aside differences and come together in reconciliation.
Yapese gender roles influence Catholic belief and practice
Posted: April 19, 2019 - 12:40pm
Though the rules may differ from island to island—Yap proper is traditionally a patrilineal society, whereas Outer Islanders’ cultures, like most of the rest of Micronesia, are traditionally matrilineal—the rules are clear and indisputable. Catholics adaptations of traditional cultural practices into worship give women, rather than men, added, prominent roles at the holiest moments of the church year.
Respect and restraint in worship are cultural values in Yap, Micronesia
Posted: April 19, 2019 - 11:02am
The style of Yapese liturgy is modest and self-controlled. For Yapese, standing is not a sign of respect or reverence. Neither is kneeling. Putting oneself low is a sign of respect, so sitting on the floor through Mass is the standard form of modesty and respect for many worshippers.
Women in Yap dance at Easter for the 'Light that lights up the world'
Posted: April 19, 2019 - 9:29am
At both Christmas and Easter liturgies, dance is incorporated into Catholic worship, to communicate the importance of these days and to help tell the stories behind them. Yapese Catholics spoke about these dances as means to communicate what’s most sacred and deep about the Christian story in their own language and mode of expression.
Doloolow: Women in Yap wail over the suffering of Christ on Good Friday
Posted: April 18, 2019 - 10:26am
One of the most distinctive ritual experiences of Yapese Catholicism is a ritual wherein women sit around the image of Christ on the Cross and wail to recount and mourn Jesus’ Passion. Its expressive power is matched in few Catholic contexts.
Holy Week in Yap marked by wailing, dancing, flowers, and thanksgiving
Posted: April 16, 2019 - 11:05am
As is true anywhere, Holy Week is a time of intense liturgical activity in Yap. The liturgy follows the normal Catholic form, augmented by two especially interesting rituals, the doloolow, a mourning ritual at the Cross on Good Friday, and the thanksgiving dance for the Easter vigil.