The MIssionaries follows "Voices of the Old Sea" an "Jackdaw Cake" to complete a trio of autobiographical books. It is this called because while remaining not only an autobiography, but also in a sense a travel book, my experiencies of missionaries and their work play in it an increasingly prominent part. At first such contacts were accepted as an inevitable ingredient of travel in tribal areas. Later, as I encountered so many abuses and saw so much damage to the human environment inflicted behind a pseudo-religious front. I found it impossible to remain silent,. In the space of a mere thirty years so much has been swept away. The great human tragedy of the missionary conquest of the Pacific is being repeated now in all 'untouched' parts of the world. In another thirty years no trace of aboriginal life anywhere will have survived.
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