The Original Religion of Micronesians: Is it Christianity?

There has been enough discussion on why Muslims or other faiths should not be allowed in Micronesia. My question is that is Christianity really the religion of the original Micronesians? I am afraid, not so. Christianity has only come to the Islands much later in 18 or 19 hundreds. 

Before Christianity, what was the religion of our forefathers for thousands of years? Are we Christians because it was the only faith brought to our Islands? What if Buddhists or Hindes or Muslims had come here before the Christian missionaries. Had we been converted to the other faiths then? Did our forefathers have enough knowledge about the Bible before accepting it or was it the only option available?

I would like to know what you think about.
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  • I don't know the other places but Trukese originals, I believe, were "SuperNaturalist".
  • Wow!! Is that right?
  • Although there is almost no written evidence, most scholars believe that the basic patterns of religion were probably similar throughout most of Micronesia. Micronesians were polytheists, believing in several high gods, a large number of spirits attached to specific localities or performing specific functions, and a number of ancestors and deceased neighbours who could sometimes make contact with their living descendants and friends. 

    Practices associated with each of these three major categories of supernatural beings tended to be distinct and to be handled by different specialists, although a specific being might gradually shift from one category to the other.

    Micronesians generally believed in at least three vertically arranged levels of the universe: the heaven or sky world, the earth, and the underworld. 

    After 1900 Christianity became well established in most major centres in Micronesia. For the most part, traditional religions ceased being practiced in their full original form, although in Yap and some atolls of the central Carolines, traditional religion continued to be practiced until the middle of the 20th century. 

    Missionaries and travelers recorded descriptions of certain aspects of the island religions, but there is no complete and systematic account.
  • From my own point of view I think there is no wrong with the supernatural practices practiced in Micronesia but its become wrong with when one is using this practice in a wrong way when they used it to hurt or destroyed others.    
  • edited April 2014
    Traditionally, pekalong, many people were equipped with the ability to cast a spell and/or cure. That was the basis of our religion. Cure or Kill, supernaturally.
  • TRADITIONALLY, CURE or KILL, SUPERNATURALLY? Was that you've mentioned written in the bible? Just curios. 
  • A couple of years ago MicSem put out a video on traditional religions in Micronesia under the title "When Spirits Roamed."  It should have gotten to the local TV channels around the region. You might check this out for a description of prechristian religious practices in the islands.
  • Is the video also available on the MicSem website?  Or anywhere online?
  • I'm not sure. But you could check the not yet live website: http://new.micsem.org. ; If you can't find it there, email one of the MicSem workers: aletha@micsem.org.
  • Alii from Palau, Fr. Fran.......nice to hear from you again.....    
  • pekalong,

    Our traditional believe was not written in the Bible. You may want to know that the Bible was written by those far far away from our part of the world and in the days when we were not aware of the God we have now come to know.
  • Is it true that we are all Christians because that was the only choice our forefathers had? If so, what's wrong with Micronesians believing in other faiths after finding truth in them.

  • Thank you sinbad, like what I've said, I'm curious. 
  • Our micronesian religion believes in many spirits, infact every thing has a spirit whether its a living thing or not.
  • Good point there Folueisomw.
  • Our micronesian religion believes in many spirits, infact every thing has a spirit whether its a living thing or not.
    Very interesting! 
  • Is there another religious belief in Micronesia beside Christianity and our traditional believes?
  • Back in the days everything were very well respected because of the believe that every thing had a spirit. From the dwellings of the sea to the skies and everything in between.
  • Back in the days? Why is there any changes there in? I thought the gospel was expanding with all these religions coming in. Other religion might have different names but what they have is the same with what everyone believe the original religion which is the gospel of Jesus Christ. 
  • Back in the days? Why is there any changes there in? I thought the gospel was expanding with all these religions coming in. Other religion might have different names but what they have is the same with what everyone believe the original religion which is the gospel of Jesus Christ. 
    Come again?
  • Is there any changes there in when these other religion coming into the life of many Micronesian? Could you identified what really  went wrong that you guys been blaming these other religions for? 
  • Thanks Pek and all. But, if you're like me who believed what the Holy Bible says, then I believe our anchesters are the offspring of what went after the fall of the tower of Babel. Also, if we believe bible, then it is clear that all human race came from Adam and Eve. Other than that, it is up to anyone choosing. God bless.
  • Exactly my friend ssearcher1. If that is so then why are so many ignorant and oppositions to other religions? 
  • Exactly my friend pekalong. But, let me assure of this quote that not all encounters of life means to be positive.

    Rather, what other people say about me or my religion is their problem, not mine. – Don’t take other people’s negativity personally. Most negative people behave negatively not just to you, but to everyone they interact with. What they say and do is a projection of their own reality. Even when a situation seems personal – even if someone insults you directly – it oftentimes has nothing to do with you. What others say and do, and the opinions they have, are based entirely on their own self-reflection. How is that my friend?
  • Sounds perfect and thank you.
  • Who still practices spiritism today ??
  • Maybe fortune tellers? I don't know but those whom I believe practice talking to the dead corps?
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