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The Hawaiian "kapu" Abolition of 1819
S. Lee Seaton
Vol. 1, No. 1 (Feb., 1974), pp. 193-206
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The abolition of the kapu (tabu) system of Hawaii after the death of Kamehameha I in 1819 has been a continuing source of interest as a problem in the explanation of culture change. Divine intervention, church-state conflict, cultural fatigue, women's liberation, cultural imperialism, socioeconomic evolution, and the politics of state formation have been offered as explanations. The cultural revolution is here reexamined from the integrative framework of "political culture."
American Ethnologist © 1974 American Anthropological Association