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Royal Chairs for members of the Royal Family attending the Conference of the Methodist Church in Tonga, Centenary Church, Nuku'alofa, Tonga

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Peacebuilders Intern… on July 12, 2008

It is very important in Tongan culture to have the chair for a member of the royal family placed on the appropriate display of mat and tapa. This is part of the system of honour and recognition of rank.

There is a display of tapas in our gallery, that complements this set of your royal family images, Ian. Some of your network of friends may be interested.

Ian Stehbens on July 17, 2008

I agree the display of tapas is very good, and represents one of the high values of Tongan culture. I am yet to understand the origin or purpose of many of the motifs used by the women. Some such as the pine tree, the bird (lupe) and royal coat of arms I know, but there are many others, some in your gallery, that I do not understand.


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