Sugar Moon, Tonga

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Tamás Borbély on July 27, 2008

Perfect composition and wonderful shot Ian ! Friendly greetings, Tamás

Marilyn Whiteley on July 27, 2008

So close and so distant! Beautifully romantic shot.

Ian Stehbens on July 27, 2008

Thanks very much, Marilyn, that is a nice observation, and I guess that's one of the reasons this picture works for me. Your greetings and appraisal are very much appreciated, too , Tamás.

It is my attempt at recording a highly significant cultural topic. The legend of the kava, their national ceremonial drink, includes mention of the kava plant, and the sugar cane plant which grew from either end of the grave of a sacrificed daughter who was suffering from leprosy. This legend appears to be the story that ended human sacrifice in Tonga. And so it is a legend that is now intertwined with the Christian story. In this image I have the sugar and the cross together framing the full moon.

Hope this adds meaning to the photo for you.


Ian Stehbens on June 15, 2012

This cross and sugar cane was part of an installation in the grounds of Sia'atoutai Theological College. It was created as an expression of theological contextualisation by the then Princiapl, Rev Dr Tevita Tonga Mohenoa Puloka. Dr Puloka's contextualised Christology was referred to as Sisu Tonga, Tongan Jesus. However this theology met with strong opposition from some others in the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga, namely Rev Dr Ma'afu Palu and Rev Dr Lopeti Taufa. When the Principal of the college changed in 2010, the new Principal had this installation dismantled.

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Photo taken in Sia'atoutai Theological College, Hihifo Road, Sia'atoutai, Tonga

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