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30 March 2014


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Kone - That is the case. Beautiful traditions need respect and preservation. After all, that is our identity and dignity.

Interesting Leonard, I like it.

The Massim culture, the group of islands off the eastern tip of PNG, have quite similar practices to those you've stated.

Putting roof, whether it be corrugated sheets of iron or sago leaves or coconut leaves, a feast is involved - kilim pik. Even at the opening, before the occupants use it.

In other societies like where I come from, away from the Massim, a newly woven grass skirt (though it isn't of grass but made of young coconut leaves and pandanus leaves) is used to beat from up the steps into the whole house. This symbolizes the entry of women.

Traditionally, it's like you roll a red carpet before a queen enters. Women were special.

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