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…

FEEPO ma ATIOGIE

Toe faatalofa atu i le mamalu o Samoa atoa e amata mai Saua se’ia pa’ia le Fafa o Saualii.  O se tasi lenei o tala ta’uta’ua i le Tala Faasolopito o Samoa.  Usi mai loa lau faafofoga. O Feepo le tupuaga o le Malietoa, e to’atolu lana fanau, e toalua tama ma le teine.  O…