Hating on Samoa

Eating from the forbidden fruit! Samoan Guava.

This post shares a heart-felt plea for Samoa, in the form of what Samoans would call hate-speech. It is though, a cry for help from a suicidal man that I received by email from a [Palagi] dude struggling with the evil hidden within Samoa. I do several things with this email, first and most importantly let the hurting writer know that there is someone who understands the pain he is going through. Hopefully he gets it before even more bad things happen. I also give my commentary so that the world can know the truth – for the cultural norm in Samoa is to cover-up. As always I share my thoughts on providing a solution; you deal with evil through exercising faith.

Before I get into the communication received, I wish to make this perfectly clear, that writing this post, could easily be yet another nail in my coffin, and yes I am talking literally, but that I am fearless and ready to pay this price of speaking out. Knowing the Samoan people as I do, I fully expect that speaking the truth like this will result in violence, against me, yes, and even in New Zealand. I’ve already assessed this possibility to have increased from 1% to 10% with the Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuila’epa booting me out of Samoa and being the subject of my adverse blogging. I do this because I care, and for the little people. I also note that the pain that leads to feeling suicidal from Samoa’s ills affects both Palagi AND Samoans.

That said, let’s get started.

Samoan culture is called Fa’a Samoa, the Samoan way. It’s essentially the base Polynesian culture (but don’t anyone that!) and while human nature is the same across the globe, it’s VERY different to the Western culture. Presented as a Paradise to the world for more than a century, Samoa has a few nice beaches with a few resorts, 180,000 Samoans on-island and three or four times as many off-shore. As with all cultures there are the elite, the middle class and the plebs. The elite are small and have done very well growing in number in the last decade or two. The middle-class are also small in number, most having left for Australia, New Zealand and the USA in the last three decades or so. The bulk of the Samoan people are poor, relatively poor or extremely poor. It is a troubled island(s) with anyone who has some get-up and go having got up and gone; a nice relaxed lifestyle; tropical weather and easy growing conditions. The people are hugely religious, best understood from the Western viewpoint as a nation of strong “Sunday Christians”. It is far from a Paradise though when you live there or engage with the people and culture a little deeper.

The Communication

The writer is a male who has been in Samoa for four years, married into a Samoan family with afakasi (half-caste) children. He resides in a predominantly Catholic community in the greater Apia (city) district. I have redacted his name and identifying details (calling him “Z”) and made minor grammar edits for ease of reading. He writes:

Subject: Fa Fa…Samoa

What disrespectful communications could you possibly get? From your name you are a Palagi [non-Samoan/white person], or are you another foolish Samoan pretender, who is trying to cheat outsiders.

I think you need to read this:

WARNING THE CONTENT BELOW IS FOR MATURE ADULTS – 18+

I have lived in Samoa for 4 years. I have lived around the world for the remainder of my working life. I have children that are half Samoan that I love.

BUT…..THERE IS ALWAYS A BUT….

THERE IS NO OTHER CULTURE AROUND THE WORLD THAT I HAVE BEEN TO, THAT HAS
SOOOOO MANY STUPID AND FUCKING IGNORANT PEOPLE, RUNNING AROUND LIKE BIG DEMONS WITH THEIR LITTLE DICKS … DAMN … THEM!

What a curse to have woken up in hell, as I deserve, but than I woke up in [redacted] in Samoa.

They arse fuck their kids, beat their wives, then go to church and sing ‘Fa Fa Samoa’. Stupid fucking Samoans….or is it demons?

One Samoan freak, took a 6yo girl, raped and hung her from a tree until she was dead, it was in one of the most beautiful scenic parts of Samoa. That single act ripped my heart out. Did most Samoans care? No, they just joked about it. Evil pricks!

These people don’t deserve the air that they breath, they have very little conscience. When you throw them out the door they come back in numbers through the window, just like cockroaches. Fucken UGLY AS Samoan Savages!!

YOU FUCKING DEGENERATES. HOW FUCKIN UGLY ARE THE SAMOANS, just take a walk through town in Apia, then go for a walk in Paris, Rome or Florence. Do you see and feel a big difference?!?

DAMN UGLY, THEY LOOK LIKE FAT DEMONS!

I once beat up a Samoan – a ‘so called’ popular rugby player and singer that tried to rip me off at the Apia docks behind the markets near R.S.L club. I couldn’t see his face afterwards, then he says, ‘here is my wife’ take her, fuck her! WHAT? ‘Have some fucking dignity man!’

But on the higher plane of the world we don’t call them men, we see them as they are: filthy disgusting degenerate pigs.

Rant over.

Write to me someone from Samoa, you probably couldn’t come to a worse person than me, but at least, I didn’t lie, bash and then rip Palagis off, as so many times as these pigs did to me while I was hired to work hard to help this 3rd world (classed) nation. THEY HAVE NO CLASS.

They made me so angry, changed my life to evil, being sent to Samoa was the worst time of my whole life. Which I am gladly ending as we speak, a smack hotshot, I pray that I will never wake up.

I feel sad that I will have to take this to my grave, but it’s probably some fucked up Justice.

No ones gonna give a shit , with no living ancestors, I have no other family apart from small [children] that I protect from bad people out there, and they will never know how I truly feel about my experience in Fa Fa Samoa.

Z [name redacted]

Whew! Talk about direct!

Commentary

Let’s digest this section by section with a deeper understanding of what is happening here.

Subject: Fa Fa…Samoa

What disrespectful communications could you possibly get? From your name you are a Palagi [non-Samoan/white person], or are you another foolish Samoan pretender, who is trying to cheat outsiders.

I note that Z does not trust. This is wise when you are in Samoa. It doesn’t take very long for an outsider to realise that you are a target in many ways. Some of this is just natural for when someone new into any society has something and the rest of society has nothing, then the ‘have-nots’ will always find a way to take from the ‘haves’. We call it lying, theft, stealing and wrong. Samoa just expects it due to their strong sense of entitlement. They also normalise deception and are constantly covering-up.

I think you need to read this:

WARNING THE CONTENT BELOW IS FOR MATURE ADULTS – 18+

I don’t think it is R18.

I have lived in Samoa for 4 years. I have lived around the world for the remainder of my working life. I have children that are half Samoan that I love.

BUT…..THERE IS ALWAYS A BUT….

THERE IS NO OTHER CULTURE AROUND THE WORLD THAT I HAVE BEEN TO, THAT HAS
SOOOOO MANY STUPID AND FUCKING IGNORANT PEOPLE, RUNNING AROUND LIKE BIG DEMONS WITH THEIR LITTLE DICKS … DAMN … THEM!

Z’s accusations are spoken with a large dose of frustration but they are again perfectly natural. Having lived in Samoa for four years, Z is two to three years past the point of normality. He’s a long-termer having hooked-up or married local. Most Palagi will come to Samoa for a 2-3 year stint, either on a voluntary programme or work commitment. NGOs are common as well. The first year is pretty tough as you get through the ‘happy, happy, Samoan smile’ phase, into the ‘disillusionment and depression’ phase into the ‘resignation’ phase where you resign to the fact that you “came but only have xxx months/years to go”!

What a curse to have woken up in hell, as I deserve, but than I woke up in [village redacted] in Samoa.

A couple of things of note here from Z. First he recognises that he is not perfect (his words: “as I deserve”). Secondly he views waking up [living in] Samoa as a [living] hell. While I do not know Z, it strikes me that both of these things probably have validity – he is clearly not an angel himself and I can confirm that there are some substantial ills with Samoan society. Z then, putting aside any balance or mitigating factors, has started off with a strong recognition of the truth. This is a pretty good start, in my books!

They arse fuck their kids, beat their wives, then go to church and sing ‘Fa Fa Samoa’. Stupid fucking Samoans….or is it demons?

Lots of things to note here:

  • Sexual deviancy – I can confirm that rape and incest within the home is a serious problem in Samoa.
  • Violence in the home – I can also confirm that violence is the norm, but this is across the board, not just against wives.
  • Religious adherence – Church attendance is the norm. The vast majority of Samoans do go to church, for it is a social expectation and in come cases is legislated into local law with monetary fines for non-conformists.
  • Hypocrisy – Cognitive dissonance akin to autism is rampant in Samoa. Imagine the bulk of the population as four year olds fighting and the parents trying to cover-up everything to look good – that’s a crude but quick way to get the picture.
  • Stupidity – Passion, yes. Common sense or intellect, not so widespread.
  • The demonic – A common sentiment to refer to demons for those not caught up in Fa’a Samoa. More on this to come.

Z has been quite up-front in his accusations and you can see his mind at work – he’s angry and venting, spitting it all out one by one as he types!

One Samoan freak, took a 6yo girl, raped and hung her from a tree until she was dead, it was in one of the most beautiful scenic parts of Samoa. That single act ripped my heart out. Did most Samoans care? No, they just joked about it. Evil pricks!

Now Z is showing his recognition of fairness and justice. His accusation of evil is dead-right. The universal response from Samoans at this point in cross-cultural exchanges like this is to defend. They use phrases such as, “Not all Samoans are like that!”, meaning that “I’m not like that!” and “All cultures have good and bad in them”, meaning that “you have no right to accuse Samoans of wrongdoing!”. This is a cop-out. Z is dead right that Samoans joke about things that others find obnoxious, but this is also a Samoan norm – to laugh at people is a their way of coping. Whereas a Palagi parent will worry and race to a fallen child, a Samoan will laugh at, then send someone else to pick up and console it. Z is showing here though that deep down, he cares.

These people don’t deserve the air that they breath, they have very little conscience.

Right, now Z is getting to the heart of things, the effect of evil – a seared conscience. Up until now Z has been venting. He started with a list of things generally, then he gave an example and now he’s getting into the theory. The thing that f*cks Samoa up so much (using Z’s language here) is not so much the cultural differences, nor the fact that some people do bad things, it is that this is normalised. It is NORMAL to be greedy in Samoa. It is NORMAL to push your weight around – either physically in queues or with a fist in the face at the pub or if you are a High Chief, Minister or Pastor or political leader with your power. Samoan compliance with evil issued from authority is NORMAL. In Samoan society it is NEVER the crime that matters, it is the shame that comes from getting caught that matters, and thus the Samoan conscience is seared. Fear is the means by which this seared conscience is maintained. The resulting cognitive dissonance is justified by cultural norms. Z has made a value judgment that they don’t deserve [life] and according to the bible he is dead right. If it weren’t for the cross, they don’t. We outsiders can see it. Samoans know it but they are too proud to ever admit it!

When you throw them out the door they come back in numbers through the window, just like cockroaches.

Well, a less cultured observation from Z here!

Fucken UGLY AS Samoan Savages!!

YOU FUCKING DEGENERATES. HOW FUCKIN UGLY ARE THE SAMOANS, just take a walk through town in Apia, then go for a walk in Paris, Rome or Florence. Do you see and feel a big difference?!?

DAMN UGLY, THEY LOOK LIKE FAT DEMONS!

Z is now carrying on with his outburst that is aggressive and offensive but let’s try to dig into this a little bit.

  • Ugliness – Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. From what I have seen, the Western eye doesn’t generally view the Polynesian as beautiful across the board. Yes, in their prime the men have incredible physique and the girls can have beauty but . . .
  • Savages – The ‘cultured’ Samoans talk of their own village people as “uneducated” meaning the same or similar as Z here.
  • Fat – Yes, there are cultural norms that the ‘fuller figure’ is less attractive to the Western eye.
  • Differences – To me this is a cross-cultural thing AND a deeper issue. Z is fully Western, obviously. He appreciates the order of the Western culture but he partly confuses the relational, casual ways of Samoa with the ugly side of the culture.
  • The demonic – again, a repeating concept that others raise as well. It is perceptive for evil is propagated by demons, for sure, as the bible teaches.

This next example is a little ugly but it is a good example of the minds behind evil being outworked.

I once beat up a Samoan – a ‘so called’ popular rugby player and singer that tried to rip me off at the Apia docks behind the markets near R.S.L club. I couldn’t see his face afterwards, then he says, ‘here is my wife’ take her, fuck her! WHAT? ‘Have some fucking dignity man!’

Parking Z’s own violence for a moment, this idea that a man can trade sexual favours from his wife to escape something bad is foreign to us in the West but I too have seen this in Samoa. It comes from the concept of ownership. When you own something, like a wife, then it is your right to trade it, sell it or benefit from it. Not all Samoan men go this far but they DO presume to own things that we don’t. This pride is the root of incest and more. In this day and age we now abhor the thought of one person owning another, thus we removed slavery but slavery and people ownership has been normal for a very long time in many cultures. Even the bible recognises this reality and gave instructions for how to manage slavery.

Z has dealt to this guy physically. He’s probably seen as a bad man in the West for doing this, and while I cannot presume to know his motives at the time, in a culture that lives by fear and only respects ‘might’ this could be simply dealing to a situation in the local ways – in other words, “wisdom”. I know when I lived in Samoa there were people and places that I had to threaten violence in order to survive, physically. What Z shows however is an understanding of dignity – in a marital relationship anyway. Again this is a tick for Z in my books.

But on the higher plane of the world we don’t call them men, we see them as they are: filthy disgusting degenerate pigs.

Rant over.

Yup – when you let evil have its way, this is what you end up with!

Write to me someone from Samoa, you probably couldn’t come to a worse person than me, but at least, I didn’t lie, bash and then rip Palagis off, as so many times as these pigs did to me while I was hired to work hard to help this 3rd world (classed) nation. THEY HAVE NO CLASS.

And except for his exaggeration about him being the worst of all people, Z nails it again. The way I put it in my blogging is not so much that Samoans are all ugly pigs or losers, it is that they are simpler, less sophisticated, more transparent to an outsider than those of us in or brought up in the West. Human nature is the same across the globe with self-interest, greed and pride [aka evil] abounding. It’s a little more ugly in Samoa though where hypocrisy and the cultural norms let it be known a little more.

They made me so angry, changed my life to evil, being sent to Samoa was the worst time of my whole life.

I know the feeling! Z is wrong though to ascribe his anger and depression to Samoa and Samoans. Righteous anger is from God and he can rise above his circumstances and maintain his own dignity if he chooses. We change unwittingly by subtle influences but we change at heart only by conscious choice. Outside of a superficial holiday in the sun, engaging with Samoa is certainly a brutal experience for a Palagi. Z is right to note that the experience changes you but it is at the end of the day our choice. I know that as a pacifist going to Samoa I have come away fully ready to pull a trigger, should the need ever arise, but that is under my control. I am a lot more brutal now on fools and am much more direct in taking on evil as a result of living in Samoa and again this is by conscious choice.

Which I am gladly ending as we speak, a smack hotshot, I pray that I will never wake up.

I feel sad that I will have to take this to my grave, but it’s probably some fucked up Justice.

I hope and pray that Z doesn’t ‘top himself’ because that would place his kids into the hands of evil and take out what I view as a guy who knows good from bad and potentially a guy with the b*lls to take it all on. I found that while there is a price to pay, it’s worth it to speak out and stand up for what is right. In my books, if Z keeps on at it, the world will be a better place.

No ones gonna give a shit , with no living ancestors, I have no other family apart from small [children] that I protect from bad people out there, and they will never know how I truly feel about my experience in Fa Fa Samoa.

[name redacted]

Oh yes they will. You cannot hide reality from your children! Whether Z tells them in person or by words, he will let them know that something is wrong – very wrong with the world they live in. I certainly care about Samoa and Z!

The Solution

Z is a guy that cares, and from my perspective has a good handle on reality. He’s quite down at the moment, talking about his own life as unworthy. I cannot know his true situation but it strikes me that if he could find someone that stood beside him and encouraged him to stand up to it all, he’d be a powerful force against evil.

The solution is not a mechanical formula, ‘Do this (or do that) and evil will magically dissolve’. No. It comes from a relationship with the Alternative to evil – the Christian message is that this is Christ.

Z has more than once discussed spiritual matters by referring to demons. Demons in Samoa are primarily empowered through fear. The spirit of fear pervades Samoa. In order to solve his problems, Z needs to stand firm in the authority that he has been given with the defeat of evil. In a Christian sense, this occurred on the cross of Christ, when Jesus said the words, “It is finished [done]”. Technically it was upon His resurrection but the continuance of the influence of evil is only possible due to deception. Proof of this was the incredible initial march of Christianity across the globe in its early days of pure, simple faith.

The deception within Samoa has come from prideful adherence to religious practices and the idolatry of Fa’a Samoa. Samoa Mo Samoa is all well and good, but when there is tension or conflict between the ways of the bible and the ways of Samoa, the people fear, and revert to their own. When Z stands in faith in the power of the Holy Spirit, and when he places his family under the teaching and practice of Christ, it will receive the blessing, hope and future that He promises. He doesn’t need to go to church and shouldn’t submit to the hocus-pocus of the religious witch-doctors up there but he should take his wife and family into their own space where he can lead them in a better way.

I know this because even though I, like Z, lived in a sea of all manner of evil for seven years in Samoa, those around me and under my spiritual authority experienced that blessing, until the ‘old man’ up there gave me the flick.

Z has a real challenge and I feel for him. He is though able (if he wants to) to make a difference, certainly in his own family, if not in the wider Samoan community.

I trust this explanation and example has helped explain things for you. Thanks for stopping by.

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Comments

  1. Asipau Pamela Tafua says:

    This is such a sad story. I pray Z is ok and his family has made adjustments.
    Thank you Dennis for putting all this into proper perspective. You are absolutely correct in your analysis. Poignantly is this are these observations of our Samoan nature, confusing Trust with Loyalty and yes, “…it is never the crime that matters, it is the shame that comes from getting caught that matters”. Tuilaepa exposed this truth convincingly when you exposed his inappropriate romantic affair with his Tourism CEO, Sonja.
    Thank youand God Bless.

    • Thank you for commenting here Asipau

      > This is such a sad story. I pray Z is ok and his family has made adjustments.

      Me too

      > Thank you Dennis for putting all this into proper perspective. You are absolutely correct in your analysis.

      Thanks for your support

      > Poignantly is this are these observations of our Samoan nature, confusing Trust with Loyalty and yes,  “…it is never the crime that matters, it is the shame that comes from getting caught that matters”.

      There are more sadnesses in this commentary then simply one man hurting. The source of shame is fear of man. The pervading spirit in Samoa is that of fear – the spirit of fear, where fear of man is king (There are others too). We fear others because of the social stigma, the power that they have over us through the matai system, the church or the [corrupt] political system and it’s people of the day. God-fearing people fear God first and leave the consequences to Him. Sadly. Despite what they think about themselves, Samoa and Samoans as a rule are NOT God-fearing people – they fear other things FIRST and He comes later, or on Sundays, or when others are watching.

      > Tuilaepa exposed this truth convincingly when you exposed his inappropriate romantic affair with his Tourism CEO, Sonja.

      Sorry Asipau I must part company with you on this one. Tuila’epa’s relationship with Sonja Hunter is not and was never a “romantic affair”. She was and is his mistress. It has been a long-term intimate relationship that has been kept under wraps by a lot of people for a very long time. The Hunter family has received many a payoff (Who bought TV1 and under what circumstances? How has Sonja maintained the Tourism CEO role when tourism has been in a longterm crisis? The list goes on and on). My investigations have revealed that these two were caught in the act on the floor of his 5th floor office when they forgot to lock the door in 2008!! That’s not just a romantic affair. It’s way more than that. I know because as I wrote in my book and contrary to the gazillions of people who said that she was a ‘good person’ – I paid the price of her contempt for who I stood for . . . the Truth. Don’t beat about the bush either about naming people who spread their legs for people in power for personal benefit – the word for them is prostitute. If Tuila’epa is currently struggling with the consequences of his choices as the pressure come on him, think of the situation of the woman who used him as her association with power becomes less of a protection? I pity her more than the PM.

      > Thank youand God Bless.

      Thank you – He is.

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