A cultural clash between the Malay and Javanese peoples threaten the very existance of the small Likupang tribe. As they struggle to survive, the tribe is propelled towards an unforeseen and remarkable future.
Part One unfolds the profound friction between Likupang and a neighbouring tribe. Love and the desire for sex, family, security and status challenge the men and the women of the tribe compelling them to change and develop. But in doing so, are they planting the seeds that will grow into a future conflict?
Part Two follows the powerful emotions of love and desire as they are unleashed. Can the tensions between the two tribes be resolved, before passions and forces beyond their control thrust them all into devastating violence? The tribe’s need to survive drives them to take drastic actions that were to have historic consequences.
The Likupang family tribe are an intelligent and feeling people, immersed in an intensely physical world which is both beautiful and harsh.This holistic novel is narrated from both male and female perspectives, weaving together the many strands of passion: yearning, lust, love, joy and sex, together with fear, loss, hate, moral conviction, rage and lethal struggle.
The drama is set against the realistic backdrop of the exotic, coastal forests of the tropical Pacific islands and within the working lives of a fishing and hunting society 2,500 years ago. Tribal beliefs and culture, the use of bronze, the impact of the natural environment, and the pursuit of honey hunting all play integral roles in an epic story of adventure, mysteries, discoveries, consequences, romance, action and strife.
The legend of the Likupang tribe, and their land and sea journeys are based on geographical and scientific facts, plus the available historical evidence. The accounts of the natural environment are completely as it would have been, and the human-made artifacts in the story are based on genuine examples from the time.
Ancient tribal societies struggled with issues such as the abduction of girls, rape, forced marriage, abuse, intimidation and the murder of those who stand up against such practises. Indeed, these problems still profoundly exist in some present day societies. The moral boundaries between different cultural practises are often complicated and blurred.
Amongst the famous quotations of Napoleon Bonaparte are: “If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.” and also: “There are only two powers in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit.”
Indeed, the sun was idolised in a great many cultures, including those in the tropical Pacific. The Spirit of the Sun explores the passions that underlie the complex interplay between the two powers of cruel coercion and the human spirit.
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