The Samoan RevoltThe Mau movement was the first movement of revolt by the Samoans against colonization.
The Samoan Islands occupy the western part of the south Pacific Ocean. It consists of broadly two islands: the Savai'i
and the Upolu
, apart from a number of other adjoining islands. The capital city of this comparatively new island country is the beautiful Apia, which is located in the island of Upolu.
As history depicts, like most of the countries of the world, this country too, had to fight immensely to become autonomous. Many western countries like that of New Zealand and Germany wanted control on it. This island country was under New Zealand subjugation till 1962, and was known as Western Samoa. Eastern Samoa is a part of the US. But having said this, it is important to know that there is no difference between the people of both the countries. Their cultural origin is the same, and these people are believed to have their descendant roots from the Polynesian.
In ancient Samoa, during the occurrence of any fight between the Samoan tribes, the weaker tribe chose to offer themselves to the stronger one as food.✦
One of the ancient traditional art forms of the Samoan island is the Siapo
Tourism is the main contributor to the economy of here.✦
Western countries like Germany and New Zealand were successful for many years in establishing and maintaining their control over this island country. But at the end of the day, it has attained its independence from all foreign invasions.✦
Samoa is the 155th
member of the World Trade Organization.✦
The art of tattooing in Samoa is an age-old form of art, dating back to about several thousand years. ✦
Samoa Tripartite Convention, which was signed by the Great Britain, the US, and Germany, divided the island into three separate islands. These countries owned Samoa.✦
This island country lies on the 'ring of fire'
zone, making the islands volcanic in nature.✦
Samoan and English are the official languages spoken here. The people here converse in Chinese too.✦ Samoan tālā
is the official currency.
Where Did the Samoans Originate?✦
This a debatable question, but studies state that these group of people migrated from Southeast Asia, and gave birth to a geographical locale, the Polynesian Triangle, on the the central and the southern stretches of the mighty Pacific Ocean. ✦
New Zealand, the Hawaiian islands, and the Easter islands form the three angles of this triangle. ✦
Post independence, Samoa has signed a friendship treaty with New Zealand, and both the countries have many bilateral relations. Samoa imports a range of products from New Zealand, and also serves as a major tourist destination for the people of New Zealand and the world, at large.
Tradition and Culture✦
Like most tribes, Samoans are also laden with a rich history and traditional background. It is a Christian country and follows the Christian festivities. Christianity dawned on this island country in 1830. Prior to this, the early Samoans rested their belief on elements of nature, like the sun, sea, air, earth, and the fire as Gods. But with the spread of Christianity, this belief has taken the shape of a myth, which is mostly associated with the forefathers of the Samoans. The Samoan forerunners never believed in idol worship, but believed in the incarnation of their Gods. Tagaloa and Nafanua are known to be the most powerful God and Goddess, respectively that they worship. ✦
However, some of the native festivals are still celebrated with pomp and show. One of the most significant religious practices of the Samoan people is the 'Ava
ceremony. It is celebrated by drinking the holy beverage, ava, which is obtained from the roots of a plant. The other key function of this ceremony is the bestowing of the holy titles to the chiefs, also called the matais. ✦
The other noteworthy celebration is the fire knife festival. This dance form requires training and precision, because it can result in mishaps, if not done correctly. It was an important part of the ancient Samoan culture and still continues to do so. In present times, there are numerous competitions that are held on this particular dance form. It is a perfect blend of moves and skills with the knife.
This is over a 2,000-year old art form practiced by the natives. It is a legacy that is passed on from one generation to the next. The tattoo artist is known as the Tufuga
. But with the coming of foreign invasions, this art had taken a backseat. This art form, according to them, keeps them safe from unearthly, spiritual existence. It calls for elaborate celebrations to conduct the first tattooing of any person.
The Samoan food is quite similar to the European and the Chinese styles of cooking. Common dishes include umu
(pig and taro on hot rocks), sapasui
(chop suey), and puligi
(raw fish dish), fausi
(dessert made from taro), and supoesi
(papaya soup) are some of the delicacies that are popular here. Coconut cream is a key ingredient used in Samoan cooking.
Picture-perfect Samoan Islands
- The Vector Map of Samoa
- The Clear Blue Sea in Samoa
- Aerial View of the Great Barrier Reef in Upolu
- Closer View of the Barrier Reef in Upolu
- The Clear Blue Wave in the Sea at Samoa
- The Famous Flying Fox of Samoa
- A Samoan Surf
- The Samoan Island Amidst the Sea
The sight of the blue sea, clear skies, white sand, and palms, which form the Samoan island, makes you skip a breath for sure! The place has a tropical climate and exhibits both rainy and dry seasons. The rainy months are from November to April, while the drier ones are from May to October. It's best to plan out a trip to this exotic location when there is less rainfall.