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In particular, marapu followers often find Catholicism far the less onerous choice. One ratu told me that if he were forced to enter a church, he would choose the Catholics both because they have the older faith (next only to marapu ritual), and be cause their ritualism has some resemblance to his own. On the latter point Protestants would gleefully concur. 7. A good example of the relationship between their traditionalism and the problem of fetishism can be found in the following passage by Lois Onvlee, describing what he sees as a noble but vanishing world.
The sacralia thus index the absence of the marapu at the same time that they make them present. The various accounts of sacralia turn on the problem of invisibil ity and the accompanying uncertainty. One reason these accounts vary is that, since the invisible subject is unknowable, there is no way of knowing exactly how it is present in or connected to the object. Moreover, most marapu followers agree that it would be arrogant to say otherwise. Herein lies one of the central accusations that marapu followers make against Christians: that they are shamelessly brazen in pretending to know God as well as they do.
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