R. Daniel Shaw, Singing Samo Songs: From Shaman to Pastor: An Ethnohistorical Approach to Socio-Religious Expressions among the Samo of Papua New Guinea


  • David Beine Great Northern University, Spokane, Washington, USA


Shaw’s book serves as a compelling case for the relevance of anthropology in contemporary mission praxis. By bridging the gap between these disciplines, Shaw encourages a more nuanced understanding of cultural dynamics and the importance of contextualized approaches to mission work. Mission leaders would do well to heed Shaw’s insights and consider how anthropology can enrich and inform their strategies in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world.

Author Biography

David Beine, Great Northern University, Spokane, Washington, USA

Professor Emeritus, Intercultural Studies





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