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21 August 2016


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Totally agree.

"Traditionally our Melanesian way of life is never about getting rich, it has more to do with maintaining family ties and looking after each other.

"A good illustration of one such custom and the positive impacts in our society is captured by Arnold Mundua in his book ‘A Bride’s Price’."

I recall from my observations in the 60's that, already,the pressure of tradition was having a marked effect upon village dwellers unable to grasp opportunity to raise bride price.

They responded to the lure of big city life and the potential for gainful employment but often as not only became a burden upon wantoks attempting their own rise to riches.

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