Université de Neuchâtel

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 ...