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Unformatted text preview: 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 limited – some islander groups didn’t like Tonga and didn’t care about their want to take...
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course ASIAN AM 187C taught by Professor Kamacho during the Winter '08 term at UCLA.
- Winter '08