Working Session: The Experiential Roots of Mana
At least year’s session, participants discussed how one describes and frames an experience, of mana—some- thing that is felt or experienced or known, but cannot be seen or heard, quantified, or captured in itself, but is a reality or phenomena with power bigger than that of each of us. One paper was presented about alternative experiences of mana at a sacred site in Hawaii by care- takers versus tourists, the role of ascription, beliefs in intentionally controlling forces, the need to understand the contexts of processes and relationships, possible differences in the experiences of skeptics and believers, issues of authenticity and the advantages of, and problems with, describing the exotic through the famil- iar.
Goals discussed included establishing if experience of mana is unique to Polynesia or not, and if we can understand the global through the local and the local through the global, and whether spiritual experience supports emotional needs or releases potentialities. This year we will be a Working Session, and some participants may participate electronically
Participants planning to write papers for 2018 include:
Heuionalani Wyeth, Julia Morgan, Hadas Ore, Lindsey Wilbur, Aashish Ashok Hemrajani, Karen Fox, Bruma Rios Mendoza, Andie Palmer, Marianne “Mimi” George,
*Martha Noyes, *Charlie Laughlin, *Apolonia Tamata
Marianne (Mimi) George, Vaka Taumaka Project