Anthropology

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1. We believe that Tagaloa created our islands because he wanted somewhere to stand (" He made a resting place by creating the rock called Manu'atele. He divided the rock so he wold have other places in the sea that would serve as stepping stones " Page 15).
2. When a baby is born, we believe that their future depends on where we bury their umbilical cord. " To bury a piece of umbilical cord near an oven guarantees that the boy will become a good cook. " Page 83).
3. When fishermen are out at sea, we are required to remain unoccupied by work and leisure and pray for a successful trip. (" When families do not pray, the bonito constantly slips off." Page 55).
4. We call upon gods and goddesses in belief that they will protect us in hard times. ("Villages or families had tutelary gods or goddesses who may be called upon for help during a natural crisis or times of war " Page 66).
5. We believe in ghosts of ancestors and we must make sure that they approve of our actions ("They cause trouble when they do not approve of the activities that family members engage in and bring misfortune such as illness" Page 71).
6. We believe it is wrong to eat the animals that have spirits because we have a connection with them ("They refrain from eating particular land or sea creatures because they observe totemism" Page 70 ).
7. We believe that these spirits of dead ancestors come in forms of animals or people who are still living among us (" They are purported to take form of humans, fish, reptiles, fish or may be invisible" Page 70).
8. We believe the first Samoan house was built on top of the highest mountain by Tagaloa-Lagi (" He first built it using people but then decided to use wood." Page 59).
9. We believe that our God is inferior to the white mans God because they have better things than us. (" The God that gave them all these things…...

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