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Subject: Re: Signs of a Dying Rich Culture

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Date Posted: Sun, May 13 2007, 04:32:13pm
In reply to: Cool_Guy1 's message, "Sings of a Dying Rich Engan Culture" on Fri, Jan 12 2007, 09:51:02am

This is a great dicussion.

I truely believe in the values of the old ways, they came about to bring some order to society and they acknowledged every social issue that existed in a society.

Societies with no values/ traditions/ culture brings about diorder and encourages people to have no self worth or feel they dont belong to a community/a family and dont realise that there lives are more then there own. It is a beautiful thing to be of many culture and know who you are and where you have come from. To know you have a family of hundreds and not of 10s can be inspirational and comforting.

I am in the unfortunate position that I dont know my language nor the european langauge of my adopted family and really have no cutural identity besides that which was around me where I grew up in PNG (POM). Even when I was back in png I learnt many things about my own culture that I never got from the mingled cultures of Pom. I learnt the practises of mourning a loved one, of family expectaions and accountability

We all should play a part in keeping our own culture alive and for those from more then one ethic group you should at least know one of your culutres in greter detail then the other. knowing culture should be more then knowing language though for some of us (like my self) language would be a good start. With out slf participation in conserving our culture, the country known for more then 800 languages will be know for how fast the langaues and culture disappeared.

As for myself I intend to go back to png and learn some culture, what I never learnt growing up as well as making sure my kids, speak the language of there father(if he speaks his language).

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Date Posted: Mon, May 14 2007, 11:32:44am

Thanks for your comments, East to West and pngean. Just over the weekend i was at this pub in Port Moresby having afew beers to relax after a hard days work. From across the bar, i was facing the door and could see everything that was moving in and out of the bar.

I must have had a few classes of rum, when i saw two beautiful ladies walked in, both had long braided artifical hair and had full lip-sticks, plucked eyebrows, high heels and tight jeans, and a short t-shirt that revealed their belly buttons. Man, their entrance made everyone in the room turned their eyes. They outshown all the ladies in the room. From a distance, i would have fallen for one of them, however, when they walked a bit closer, i realised that, they both were gays. I was kind of laughing inside. This made me think about what is happening in Papua New Guinea.

The western influence is getting hold of Papua New Guinea. Latest fashions and socials ill from western societies catch PNG so quicklty like wild fire. The same things that are happening in the western or Asian world is happening in PNG. How so quickly we are being deceived by the so called western culture. In actual fact, PNG has rich cultures which add value to life. PNG cultures are unique, setting the pace for a human person to grow mature and fend for him/herself given the right timing. I for one believe in my culture and try to make sure i do most of the things that an Engan is to do, upholding the Engan culture and tradition.

Engan culture is unique and it has its own benefits. I can mix the Engan culture with the western culture to make a living in this lovely country of ours.

People who have walked away from their culture and try to adopt the western culture, they find themselves confused with ideologies which dont have any roots in their life.

I hope many Engan and other Papua New Guineans see the great benefits culture can bring into our lifes.

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