Hi Reader Friends! Welcome to a page from my research notebook about cannibalism and the tribes of New Guinea, subjects broached within the pages of my novel, The Legend of Okeanos: A Tale of Restoration, Survival, and a Great White Shark. The book begins with four storylines and eventually merges into one. The Mona Grover storyline is the focus of our attention today.
Eating the Enemy
Mona Grover is first found in the Foja Mountains of Northern New Guinea. The tribe that hunts her and the tribe that takes her in were modeled after four hundred plus other tribes in the area, but particularly the Sawi people of Southern New Guinea. Many of these tribes are primitive and isolated by geography and ancient languages.
Though cannibalism has been said to be nonexistent, recent evidence proves otherwise. A few—particularly witch doctors—still believe that eating their enemies releases their victims’ spirits.
A New Christian Heritage
As strange as we may find these tribes in their customs, men like Don Richardson, author of Peace Child, risked their lives to share Christ with them in the early 1900’s. These early missionaries entered the river jungles of sago and tree houses to change hearts, not change customs. Christ was introduced, and whole tribes have come to Christ as a result. The natives now lead themselves biblically, though a few pagan or animistic tribes may still practice selective cannibalism.
For a description of the Sawi people, read Richardson’s exciting story. May it inspire you to respond to Christ’s commission with similar courage! You can find my book review of Peace Child here, as well as retailer links to where you can buy the book.
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Visit this post, “Okeanos, the Great White Shark,” for more interesting research on The Legend of Okeanos. You can find other research articles here. And find other Book Reviews by D.I. Telbat on this page.
UPDATE: The Legend of Okeanos: A Tale of Restoration, Survival, and a Great White Shark is NOW OUT in eBook format! Click the title to find where you can download this adventurous eBook.
COMING UP: Next WEDNESDAY David Telbat has the first of three Author Reflections on forgiveness, titled “Justice for Dark Characters.”