The Samoa of yearnings and lament
Because of all these dramas in my homeland, It begs the question, "Where are we heading? What has become of us as a people?
When I read and listened to his Highness Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi speak, I fall in love with his deep interpretation and high regard for our culture. I feel proud. And dreamy. Because the Samoa he describes is nonexistent and in the past. The samoan rituals he speaks of are gone. Over the years, we have lost our sense of independence, self-sustenance and agility. We have lost the very things that made us so courageous and proud and "warriorlike".
When they speak at a funeral they say "E, ua maliliu toa, ua maumau ai aupega o le taua" The warriors have fallen, the weapons of war are of no use, wasted"
So that leaves behind the weak and the new breed of men who have stopped fishing beyond the reef and stay back to drink excessively and beat their wives.
Of women who have lost their once esteemed feagaiga status to being second rate citizens and bingo players.
Are we doomed?
Is there any hope?
What can we retain that we can be proud of?
What has become of us?