Religion Past and Present

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I. General – II. Traditional Religions – III. Christianity and Religious Change

I. General

In 2001, the population of Melanesia, a region of the Southwest Pacific, stretching from Irian Jaya in the west through to Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia as far east as Fiji, numbered over seven million. Melanesians speak over 1,000 different languages and live in small…

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MacDonald, Mary N., “Melanesia”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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