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08 August 2018


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We either ask "Tell me, masta. What do you want me to do to be like you?" Or "Tell me, Masta. What are you trying to do to me?"

Wardley is right to point to some prime examples of the hypocrisy and cant that is a feature of all human societies. There will be plenty of examples in PNG, be they from the distant past or the present day.

That said, for the record, the former colonial administration explicitly recognised polygamy and the payment of bride price.

Similarly, 50 years ago bare breasts and near nakedness were regarded as being nothing out of the ordinary in traditional society and, so far as I can recall, were not officially proscribed in any way.

Those of us who worked amongst the traditional people soon got used to how people dressed and simply ignored it most of the time.

For kiaps at least, the general rule was to allow custom to be followed provided no-one was physically harmed in the process.

We had enough problems to deal with in maintaining basic law and order without becoming enmeshed in enforcing a specific moral code as well.

Quite what the missionaries did I do not know but moral hypocrisy often is a specialty of those who control organised religion.

Powerful in its own way...

Daniel, you trupla man Enga.

This poem seems to be for me, Ward.

Let me remind Michael Jordan who is from the 'Islands of Love' and you and Michael Dom who are from the Highlands that 'primitive' philosophers saw that love is endless, that it was possible to spread it around equally and openly.

They saw that 'love' has a different meaning from 'lust' as in the case of the age-old cultural practise of polygamy.

It might have been 'detestable' for some when they saw my two wives on the back cover of my latest book 'Survivor - Alive in Mum's Loving Arms' available at

Like this one, Wardley.

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