AA187C � Week 4 Lecture 2 - AA187C Week 4 Lecture 2...

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AA187C – Week 4 Lecture 2 31/01/2008 14:03:00 Tonga was the center of the trade network (Among, Samoa, Fiji and Tonga) Motivating aspect in the Tongan Trading Network – respecting kapu Respecting kapu – Tui Tonga (paramount sacred chief) By marrying non-Tongan women (Samoan and Fijian particularly), the  Tongan men would be able to respect kapu; but if you married a Tongan  woman, she could actually surpass the man’s power and rank A lot of times, the sisters were “shot-callers” over the brothers In fact, some scholars have termed these relationships in terms of Tongan  dominance: “Inter-archipelagal Empire” “Tu’i Tonga Empire” “Imperial Tonga” Whether or a Tongan or a non-Tongan etablishes its power anywhere, power is  never absolute. Therefore even with the Tongans, their power was not absolute; it was 
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