Mirror Reflections – Papua New Guinea & Russia


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Life in Papua New Guinea

A CALL TO SUPPORT CULTURE CONCERN

Every Papua New Guinea community has a traditional culture which is usually very unique to each other. We have about 840 different languages and our traditional cultures are almost the same number. These traditional cultures are part of our Melanesian way of life style that our ancestors have been living with for many years ago. In the wake of modernization, we have heard comments that our cultures and traditions are old-fashioned; they hold back progress in nation building and that we should completely forget about them and adopt new ways of life. Some say they are ‘dirty’ and ‘primitive’.

But many of us do not agree with all these comments because some of us are living examples of what our cultures and traditions did for us when we were young. They helped us develop and mould our attitudes and characters to be productive, useful, purposely and to lead progressive lives. Many of us reject immoral living and corruption, laziness and conning. Hunger for wealth, power and glory are unknown in our cultural and traditional ways of life. “I wish it would possible for every child to spend its first 10 years close to the soil, tracing the cultures and traditions. If I had had children of my own I would, at any convenience to myself, have moved to the country – in the village just enough to grasp the atmosphere of the practices of the cultures and traditions, and not alone for considerations of their physical health.”

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Life in Russia

Who are Finno-Ugric people?

The Finno-Ugric peoples are any of several peoples of Eurasia who speak languages of the Finno-Ugric language family, such as the Khanty, Mansi, Hungarians, Maris, Mordvins, Sámi, Estonians, Karelians, Finns, Udmurts and Komis.

Read more about Finno-Ugric people.

I already talked about Mordvins in this link, Karelians in this link, Udmurts in this link and Estonians in this link.

I also talked about the place where I spent summers when I was a child, my grand-mother place, Bolshoe Boldino which is side-to-side to Mordovia where Mordvins live. This place is far away from Russian North and rest of other Finno-Ugric people.

The reason why I mention it is because I would like you to ask a question: how was it possible that these people that share the same language live in such different places? Think of Hungarians for example,

But let’s continue…

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