A Traditional Samoan Wedding… with a Tangent about Making Babies [+ Video]

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I’ve heard some stories about weddings back in the ancient, less Christian days of Samoa. Don’t quote me on this stuff, cause I can’t remember who told me these tales, but apparently…

True(ish?) Story Time

In the old days, a bride’s virginity was, of course, of paramount importance. (Nobody said anything about the groom’s virginity, but anyway…)

SO, on their wedding day, a special fale was designated for the couple to consummate their union. A section of this house was screened off with hanging fala (woven mats) and inside this makeshift room, the conjugal bedding featured pure white siapo (thinly pounded mulberry sheets).

After the official ceremonies of the day, the wedding couple was ushered behind the fala to, um, get to know each other, while their older relatives (usually female) kept watch on the other side of their flaxen curtains…

Stories from a German Samoa

German Samoa (1900-1914) was also Chinese Samoa. Apparently, German landowners couldn’t find many local Samoans willing to work for them, so they immigrated almost 4000 Chinese laborers on temporary (usually 3-year) contracts. This time in our history – plus the upcoming Spanish influenza outbreak (1918) that killed thousands – forever changed the genetic make up … Continue reading Stories from a German Samoa

Walk down the Samoan History Lane

Our guest blogger Anna Taylor shares a quick snapshot of (Western) Samoa’s history – from our origin story, to European colonial rule, to independence. Come take a walk with her back in time… The History of the Samoan people is one that is shrouded in a lot of ambiguity. Several theories have been put forward … Continue reading Walk down the Samoan History Lane

We remember… 29.09.09

I remember that morning like it was yesterday. I was woken in the early hours and told to hop online – something big was happening in the Samoan world. I didn’t realize until I saw the quick and frantic messages in the One Samoana forums that the news wasn’t good. A powerful earthquake. A tsunami. … Continue reading We remember… 29.09.09

A Samoana Father’s Day

Yesterday was Fathers’ Day in Australia and New Zealand. To celebrate, we put together this collage of old school photos from the Samoana Newspaper. It’s all men in here! All these images are from before 2006, and span right back to the very early 80s. Do you see anyone you recognize? Take a closer look … Continue reading A Samoana Father’s Day

Old photos from the Samoana Newspaper

Some of you might remember the Samoana Newspaper which ran in New Zealand from 1979 to 2006. One Samoana inherited a bunch of old photos from the paper – 4 boxes full even – that we’re only now beginning to sort through. As many of those who operated the newspaper (and took these photos) have … Continue reading Old photos from the Samoana Newspaper

O LE TAUA MA TOGA. TUNA, FATA, ULUMASUI, TAPULOA, SAVEA

Ua uma ona outou silafia o Asoaitu na ia mua’i faatoilaloina Samoa.  Na mavae atu ia, ae solo lelei pea le faiga a ona sui ia Samoa.  O le avea o Talaaifeii ma tupu  o le malo o Toga, na liliu ai le tulaga o mea, ma ua vevesi ona o le saua o lenei … Continue reading O LE TAUA MA TOGA. TUNA, FATA, ULUMASUI, TAPULOA, SAVEA

O le Tala o Pili i Samoa i Sisifo. Ulua’i Ava

Talofa lava! E lua tala o Pili na tusia. O le tala na tusia e Kramer ma le tala sa tusia e Mr. Stuebel.  O le tala lenei sa tusia e Mr. Stuebel ua lau silafia e faitau laulu o le atunu’u. E toalua afafine o Faleaseu, o Tinopoula ma Sinaafalua.  Na alu Sina i … Continue reading O le Tala o Pili i Samoa i Sisifo. Ulua’i Ava