What is it about?

It starts from a very secluded tribe among indigenous people in Malaysia called Temiar, with analysis of their linguistic profile when describing their suffering events. We found that those converted Christians group are more analytic thinking and self focused than original tradition followers.

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Why is it important?

It tells us the importance of religious ecology in our ways of thinking and emotional expression.


This is the first publication on Temiar tribe by psychologists, hence I am excited to share it with the global audience to give voice to the ethnic minorities and Indigenous people. I belive they still retain a rich spiritual tradition that sustain the kind of rationality shares by human ancestors. We should be aware that globalization is bringing changes to their religious heritage, which in turns could change their primitive way of thinking.

Rachel Ting
Monash University

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This page is a summary of: In the wake of religious conversions: Differences in cognition and emotion across three religious communities of an indigenous tribe in Malaysia., Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, January 2023, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/rel0000493.
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