Professor Roy Ellen publishes new book on Nuaulu Religious Practices

Roy Ellen, Professor of Anthropology and Human Ecology has recently published a new book called “Nuaulu Religious Practices: the frequency and reproduction of rituals in a Moluccan society”. The book is a long-term study of the religious behaviour of the Nuaulu, a people of the island of Seram in the Indonesian province of Maluku. Based on an ethnographic study, this book reports on Nuaulu ritual practices over a 30 year period, comparing different categories of event in terms of frequency and periodicity. It seeks to identify the influencing factors and the consequences for continuity.

Professor Ellen is currently in the School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent, a Fellow of the British Academy, and past president of the Royal Anthropological Institute between 2007 and 2011.

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