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09 February 2017

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Yes, Phil, plump ladies were not at a disadvantage. There was a pidgin song to the air of the song Guantanamera, which went “Wanpela Meri, Mi laikim wanpela Meri, Wanpela Meri, Wanpela Patpela Meri, Sotpela Patpela Meri, “

If I was asked which word in the English language I despised, it would be lifestyle. It is meaningless sales and marketing drivel.
Advertising is like the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket - George Orwell (Keep the Aspidistra Flying)

I think a plump wife(s) was a status symbol around Hagen too Garry. I think that also extended to potential brides. Big, healthy women who could work hard was the underlying message. Skinny wives couldn't carry much firewood or kaukau in their bilums.

Much like Australia, obese people were a rarity back then. Papua New Guinean people in the bush were superbly fit.

According to the blog, Mr. Pus who is from Western Highlands, “argues that our cultural value system is somehow anchored in the belief that a person who is overweight – with huge protruding stomach and large arms and feet – is wealthy and should be respected, obeyed and seen as a leader in our communities.”
Having many years experience in WHP, from 1970 onwards, I would have to reluctantly admit that Mr. Pus is probably correct when one looks at many current leaders. Perhaps an early example of being overweight was the late Hon. Raphael Doa former Member of Parliament. The late Raphael who is well remembered for overseeing a very clean Hagen Town, had put on weight and diabetes my have contributed to his demise.
On the other hand, I would suggest that in even earlier times, most leaders in the Hagen area were lean and hardy. There are existing some old photographs of Jika Oprump Kuli, Mokei Wamp, Mokei Ninji, Jika Komapi Ragoba, Kentika Mak, Yamka Kauga, Akilika Yaga, and none of these leaders look overweight. The only early really fat leader that I remember from the seventies was Kopi Kangump Ambil who lived up near Kuta, and who died in his seventies. On further reflection Jika Oprump Rumints did have some weight but not excessive.
So while not disagreeing with Mr. Pus about the current cultural value system, I would suggest that in the Hagen area it is something that has come into vogue in the past 30 years.

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