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Missionaries And Their Texts

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This chapter explores a sampling of missionary texts that are selected and presented with an appraisal of their ethnographic value. These texts were produced roughly within 15 years of the creation of the Upper Tonkin vicariate that is to say between 1895 and 1910. They exemplify missionary publications in the early stages of proselytizing in these mountains and among those remote peoples, when the frontrunners of the religious apparatus in these lands had virtually no one else to ask for help. After the 1910s, the author argues, a second generation of missionaries took over from the path-breakers, a generation who could use the experiences and the language-training tools that their predecessors had left behind. Most individual missionaries contributed to the vicariate's annual reports, the comptes-rendus, and a small number occasionally published notes or short articles in religious journals and magazines in which they reported observations based on their experiences.

Keywords: comptes-rendus; ethnographic value; missionaries texts; Upper Tonkin vicariate

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