OUR customary practices in Papua New Guinea are mostly geared towards wealth consumption not wealth generation.
Whether it's haus krai, compensation, bride price or Moka, all are designed to consume wealth.
There is no wealth transfer during these customary exercises nor is there wealth generation.
All these 'big name' and 'feel good' customary traditions are inhibiting our progress yet we continue to practise them without realising their regressive consequences.
The price our people pay has now increased tremendously, adding to the financial burden on us to participate.
The wealth gets redistributed among the recipient group and is diluted. It does not make one person rich.
The original ideals of maintaining peace and strengthening relationships through these customary practices are no longer the primary consideration.
In effect, these practices have been commercialised.
We need to rethink custom.