Cannibalism and Colonialism: Charting Colonies and Frontiers in Nineteenth-Century Fiji

  title={Cannibalism and Colonialism: Charting Colonies and Frontiers in Nineteenth-Century Fiji},
  author={Tracey Banivanua-Mar},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  pages={255 - 281}
  • T. Banivanua-Mar
  • Published 1 April 2010
  • Sociology
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
In my family, stories of our Fijian ancestors' cannibalism have been irreverently recycled in tale-telling moments laced with both solemnity and the absurd. I never seriously questioned the reality of the stories, accepting instead their mythical quality and their underlying social allegory. With almost a wink and a nudge these tales of past cannibalism come to life as fables that nearly always taper off into the redemption of being civilized. As I explore in this article, for us as for many… 
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