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Whenua Essay

  • Submitted by: vaaigal
  • on June 22, 2014
  • Category: English
  • Length: 820 words

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Fonua means land and its people and their ongoing relationships, a concept that is present in many other Pacific cultures (Tuitahi, 2005). Fonua is a Tongan word and which is Fanua in my mother tongue language. Growing up as a young teine Samoa (Samoan lady) by knowing my roots, my eleele or my fanua is a huge gift for me given by God especially my ancestors, who were firstly developed or tautua in our villages and our aiga in Samoa. Fanua is a one word, but it has many and different meanings. My own understanding that I came up with about Fanua means identity and designation, values, beliefs, myths & land, burial place, belonging, gifts from ancestors, life cycle, child’s first home and inheritance from God and our ancestors. However, in this essay I would like to share my own understanding and thoughts about the concept of the word Fonua or Fanua conferring to my own cultural group, including my own personal reflection back to homeland, country and territory, people and ongoing relationships. I have chosen three different ideas from some of the main points of Fanua and I would like to talk about each main point and demonstrate my own knowledge conferring back to Samoa.
The three points that I chose are, Firstly- Gifts from ancestors, secondly- Placenta and thirdly- Life Cycle.

I believe that Samoan Fanua or land or our eleele are the special gifts from ancestors and inheritance from God. Every Samoan must have her or his own identity or faasinomaga when they grew up and brought up and one of the Samoan proverb can be used to illustrate the significance of Samoan people and their own designation “O le tagata ma lona faasinomaga”. Growing up as a Tamaitai Samoa and Alii Samoa, they must know their roots and values especially their fanua or eleele. Many and many of Samoan people have now grew up and developed their own families in other countries, but once something happens back to their homeland they decid to travel back to Samoa and check if their aiga and...

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