Christianity and the Samoan culture

By Aruna Lolani and Ilia L Likou ,

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CULTURE AND CHRISTIANITY: Amisone Amisone of A’ufaga.

CULTURE AND CHRISTIANITY: Amisone Amisone of A’ufaga. (Photo: Ilia L Likou)

Samoa as a Christian state is one of the best things that has ever happened to the lives of our people.

Amisone Amisone from A’ufaga frimly believes this.

The 35 year old told Village Voice that it is such a blessing to be a Christian country.

“I’m happy with our country being a Christian state,” he told Village Voice. “I mean just by thinking about the many crimes that are happening, it is terrifying to even be a witness to everything and I know with us finally being Christians; I hope this will change many things.

“I’ve learned that we don’t really know when things will change; I mean luckily we became a Christian country otherwise there would be some other new religion being set up.

Amisone believes that when culture and Christianity go together; everything works out fine. 

“It is the best combination. God is the one we turn to for help all the time. I mean I know we have the Ministry of Police but it is good to know that as Christians, we know that God is the answer to all of our problems.

“Not only do we have that but we have those who are involved in the governance of villages because they contribute huge support especially when it comes to managing people.

“You know with the police; when they catch someone breaking the law; they take them to court. But with the Village Council, not only do they punish people for their wrongdoings but they also push them to do the right thing so they actually give them the lessons that add meaning to their lives. 

“They either tell you to sit in the middle of the house without moving or they hit you with words; good, encouraging words that will drive you in a better direction.”

Amisone said even with good governance in a village; there are also people who are against this and they always end up moving to the town areas.

“There’s no peaceful life in Apia. So what makes you think that when you’re out of the village; you will have a peaceful life? Well you thought wrong.

“Our culture goes together with our godly beliefs because that makes us different; that is what makes us true Samoans.”

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