Archive for December, 2011
On December 31st, 2011, Samoa caught up with the world and cheated time itself by erasing 24hours from their calender. December 30, 2011, did not exist in Samoa. (1)
The implications for Samoans is a transitional dateline shift west of the dateline inline with Tonga which was, hitherto, the premiere nation in the world to welome in the new year. Now, the Samoans, are finally on the same side of the dateline as Tonga. The age old jeers and jibes by the Tongans of the Samoans being the last place on earth in literal time, has become nullified. Samoans have adopted the Caesarian prerogative and would change time and the Gregorian Calender to suit the Samoans.
Julius Caesar had created the modern Julian Calender which was accepted until the 16th century whence the Pope Gregory XIII changed the course of time in line with the Roman Catholic Christian calender. The affront to a Roman Caesar can not be assuaged as the new Roman Caesar under the guise of a Pope and ahead of the Roman Catholic church would denigrate the Imperial Pax Romana and would repeal the Julian Calender for the Gregorian Calender. (2)
The Samoans have felt compelled to be inspired by the Gregorian precedence and would amend the Gregorian Calender even further to suit their own grandiose designs. Henceforth, the Caesarian prerogative of the Samoan has been decreed and so shall come to pass, Samoa will change time itself. The audacity of the Samoans to change the dateline and to change time itself there is no other global power that can surpass this feat now and, perhaps, forever.
E moni lava le mataútia o le pulega o le malo Samoa. E le mafaia ona suia e seisi malo i le lalolagi atoa. Aua, e moni lava e pule lava le Samoa.
Happy New Year ma faáfetai lava.
Brisbane 31st December 2011
The weapon is unique in design and is particular to the Samoan warrior culture. The history of the origins of the weapon has its mythical origins like a Shaka Zulu mini series whereby a warrior Prince forges a weapon from some mythical diety. However, Samoans are less superstitious but will nevertheless attribute the origins of the weapon to two brothers Tunu ma Fata in a time when the Samoans were struggling with their war for independence against the imperial rule of the Vava’uan Tongans.
The liberation of the Samoans from Tongan colonisation would, inadvertantly, be attributed to two factors. Firstly, the Tunu ma Fata twins, whom would later on become the first Malietoa royal line of Samoa, and, secondly, the weapon they had invented, Le Nifo Oti.
The functionality of the weapon is ingenius and it is unique to Samoan military history. The weapon’s primary advantage was the particularity of the design. A blade like weapon which had two sides with primarily opposite functions. On the one side, there is a serrated edge with a hook and on the other a smooth edged blade. The hilt is designed as a fulcrum, to give balance to the blade, and the ability for the warrior to either use the weapon singlehandedly or to grip the handle with both hands. The movement of engagement is primarily to approach the enemy in squarely in a frontal close quarter assault, with the initial movement to ‘parry’ with the initial strike by the enemy’s weapon, and to effect a lethal counter offensive technique. This primary engagement requires the actual contact of combat weapons, either a Club or a Staff, before the Nifo Oti becomes lethally effective. Initially, the parry movement is to allow the Nifo Oti to make actual contact then to ‘catch’ the enemy’s weapon, by latching the weapon on the serrated side with the final movement, whence once the enemy’s weapon slides the weapon through to the hooklike latch, the hook, in turn catches the enemy’s weapon, and in the process, disengages the weapon with a swift deft movement by the Samoan warrior. The enemy’s weapon will be flung assunder renderring the enemy weaponless and defenseless. Once disarmed the enemy is without a weapon and is vulnerable to the smooth edged blade of the weapon which is then initiated will lacerate and dismember the fallen enemy. The opposite side of the weapon is then utilised which will lacerate the enemy and will severe limbs and in particular to decapitate the fallen disarmed foe.
Hypothetically, when initiated by a Nifo Oti specialist of the highest order, the Samoan warrior, may in fact be able to disarm a person armed with a sword, a Katana, with the same close counter technique as aforementioned with equal lethal potency.