The history of Oceania encompasses the broader history of countries such as New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Fiji, and other Pacific island nations. Among the various cultures in Oceania, I am particularly interested in the Tongan culture. The Kingdom of Tonga is situated west of the International Date Line, in the eastern part of Fiji. One aspect that sets this culture apart is that it is the only Polynesian nation that was not colonized by Europeans. Additionally, it is the only monarchy in the Pacific Ocean.
Remarkably, the absence of colonization has not hindered the development of the Tongan culture but rather has helped preserve its traditional and historical aspects. Notably, the kinship structure of Tongan society places women in a more privileged position than men, meaning that a man is outranked by his sister, regardless of their respective ages. Consequently, it is considered taboo for a brother and sister to be alone in the same room.
The cultural development of the Tongan community has piqued the interest of many researchers. Developments in the performing arts, particularly in poetry, music, and dance New Album - Lost Island - I'm excited to announce the release of my latest Trance music album, "Lost Island". It's now available on various digital outlets worldwide, so you can easily find it by doing a quick search on any search engine! But if you're short on time and don't want to go through the hassle of searching, browsing, and… , have reached significant levels. The art of crafting and weapon-making is also unique among the Tongan people. Furthermore, architecture, agriculture, and herbal medicine form the core of Tongan ethnoscience traditions. The Tongan culture has also evolved in terms of physical competitive sports, such as wrestling, diving, running, and javelin throwing. Another reason I admire this culture is that the Tongan people are skilled seafarers and navigators. It is worth noting that concepts of racism and discrimination are relatively new to the Tongans, often introduced by those who leave the culture and travel to multicultural countries like Australia.
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The philosophies and religions of the Oceania peoples also varied, encompassing Melanesian, Micronesian, Polynesian, and Aboriginal belief systems. I am intrigued by the Polynesian religions, as they are rooted in experience rather than belief. The Tongan and Fijian cultures practice these religions. An interesting aspect of this faith is the gods and spirits involved, which are believed to be deceased humans who have assumed one or more forms. The belief in life An Artist Portrait (Part Two) - This is the Part Two (and final part) of the true life story as artist written by Frank V. Cahoj for our Weblog. (Part One) An Artist Portrait (Part Two) I give an unbelievable amount of credence to these two early periods in my life: one of everlasting creation, one of analysis and disillusionment. The… after death is prominent in this religion, with individuals nearing the end of their lives often reporting visions of their relatives praying for their souls to have a safe journey to the afterlife.
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