Voices from the Margins
Wisdom of Primal Peoples in the Era of World Christianity
The wisdom of tribal peoples has often been overlooked, both within the church and outside of it. However as the ideologies of consumerism, free market individualism, and nationalism grow more and more dominant across the globe, with devastating implications for our planet’s shared future, it has become ever more urgent to make space for voices from the margins – voices offering alternative frameworks for understanding the nature of existence, spirituality, and what it means to be human.
This book draws together contributors from diverse tribal and denominational backgrounds to reflect on the future of Christianity in Northeast India, a region rich in ancient myths, oral traditions, and a vibrant awareness of both the spiritual realm and the embeddedness of humans within creation. Joining a wider conversation regarding the integration of Christianity and primal traditions, the authors wrestle with crucial questions surrounding identity and the challenges of contextualizing the gospel in relation to their own languages, cultures, and traditions. Looking both backwards and forwards, they provide insight into the history of Christianity in tribal contexts, while exploring the vital significance of recovering and transmitting indigenous knowledge and the profound perspective it offers the church into the significance of Christ and his gospel.
This collection of essays helps to rescue the Christian traditions of Northeast India from their supposed marginality. It also brings to light rich resources of oral wisdom from a variety of indigenous peoples which deserve the attention of all Christians, and indeed of the whole human family.
Brian Stanley, PhD
University of Edinburgh, UK
Table of Contents
- Part One: Primal Traditions and Christianity
- The Tribal Peoples of Northeast India Virginius Xaxa
- Unleashing the Power of Orality, Myth and Folklore Charles B. Madinger and Rocelyn Anog-Madinger
- West African Insights on Ethnic Identity, Myth and Sacred Time James R. Krabill
- The Crucial Role of the Arts in the Identity of Indigenous Peoples in the Southern Philippines Rocelyn Anog-Madinger
- Part Two: Primal Traditions and Christianity in Northeast India
- Toward a Kuki Contextual Theology of Khankho Jangkholam Haokip
- The Quest for Meaning in Boro Orality Songram Basumatary
- The Inculturation of Christianity among the Khasi People of Meghalaya State Fabian Lyngdoh
- The Integration of Khasi Traditional Music in the Christian Churches of Shillong, Meghalaya Donovan K. Swer and Maribon Viray
- Myth in Kuki Tradition – The Search for Meaning Fr. Peter Haokip
- The Relevance of Spirit Consciousness for Tribal Christians in Northeast India Elungkiebe Zeliang
- The Emergence of World Christianity and Its Implications for Indigenous Peoples David W. Smith
- Postscript: When the Saints Come Marching in Jangkholam Haokip and David W. Smith