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Communication, Conversion, And Conservation

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In this chapter, the author introduces the terms communication, conversion, and conservation. Three terms that even though not too often repeated; represent the pillars upon which the historical study has been constructed. This chapter is an effort to look back and consider how these analytic terms can sum up the historical findings of the project. It therefore sums up what Norwegian missionaries intended to communicate, the process the intended message went through, and how the Dii interpreted this message and reconstructed its content according to their apprehension of the world. The chapter uses the four terms crisis, context, translatability, and attitude in order to describe the path towards religious conversion among the Dii. It concludes by asking how and why much in Dii reasoning and consciousness never changed as a result of the Christian missionary impact.

Keywords: conservation; Dii mission; missionary communication; Norwegian missionaries; religious conversion

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