Posts Tagged ‘Pacific cultures’

Less time at funerals – more time at school

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Pika Purotu and her priest, the Reverend Fakaofo Kaio of the Onehunga Cooperating Parish, are campaigning for children to spend less time attending funerals and more time attending school. They say children should spend a maximum of three days at a funeral – and only if the deceased is a member of their immediate family. Read more

New bylaw: Villages must approve for any new church

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

A proposed village bylaw in Fiji which is in draft form sets out a number of conditions to be fulfilled before a new church can be established in a village. The request must e submitted to the  village head man and discussed by the bose vanua (meeting of elders). The teaching  and beliefs of the Read more

Priests in early Pacific cultures gained by human sacrifice

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Priests and chiefs in early Pacific cultures, including New Zealand, used ritual human sacrifices to reinforce their power, a study has found. Research involving two New Zealand universities has discovered such acts were used by social elites to maintain their power, the website reported. The study came from researchers from the University of Auckland, Victoria University Read more