Faculté des lettres et sciences humaines

Protection of natural resources through a sacred prohibition : the rahui on Rapa iti

Ghasarian, Christian

In: The Rahui : legal pluralism in Polynesian traditional management of resources and territories, 2016, p. 139-153

The management of natural resources implies conceptions of ownership and property that provide precious information on the way a society perceives itself. Established moralities on the matter are sometimes sustained by a sacredness that reinforces the values and principles at stake. In the case of ideological and environmental change, the sacred conceptions most of the time adjust to new ... Plus

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    Summary
    The management of natural resources implies conceptions of ownership and property that provide precious information on the way a society perceives itself. Established moralities on the matter are sometimes sustained by a sacredness that reinforces the values and principles at stake. In the case of ideological and environmental change, the sacred conceptions most of the time adjust to new circumstances and become part of the cultural dynamics. An invisible and superior force, associated with the past and the ancestors, legitimates the new social order.¹ Therefore, compliance with sacred models can ensure protection in the present life.