Kiribati Local Customs

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Kiribati Local Customs

  • How to sit and lie

    If you find yourself in a maneaba(village meeting house) or any communal gathering with locals, you will almost certainly be sitting on the floor for a long time, which can get a bit uncomfortable. You must remember the following: when eating or talking, you will be seated in a circle, so make sure you are always facing the inner circle. To face...

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  • Opening coconuts

    After drinking the juice, Keetia showed us how to use a normal kitchen knife to break the shell open. You turn the knife around holding it by the blade, and use the handle to knock the nut in a circle around the top. On your second round the nut cracks open, and you can use the knife to scrape out and eat the remaining meat :-)This knowledge became...

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  • Meet the locals

    In the coastal areas of Finnmark, Norway, people have the habit of taking a stroll on the wharf when boats arrive. In Kiribati they have the habit of waiting at the airports for the planes to land :-) It is kind of the same thing, homecoming friends and visiting travellers bring news from the rest of the world, and the ships / planes bring goods....

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  • Coconut juice

    Keetia worked in the restaurant of Hotel Otiintai. We asked her for cocnut juice for breakfast, but they did not have any. The next day, on her day off, she brought us fresh coconuts which her brother had picked and peeled. She then tought us how to rip off the fibres and open up the eyes with a normal table knife. The coconuts we buy in Norway...

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  • White teeth

    We asked our friend Keetia from Hotel Otiintai how come all people in Kiribati have such strong, pretty, white teeth. She told us the secret: Clean them with burned coconut. My son wanted to try it, you can see the result on this picture :-)

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  • Dance

    Our hosts on Pearl Shell Resthouse, Ioanna and Bakaati, are local primary school teachers on Butaritari. One of their collegues, an american woman, was going home after a couple of years, and they threw a party for her. We were invited too, since we were guests of the resort. The other collegues gave a performance of traditional dance.

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  • Lavatory

    Most islanders use the ocean as a lavatory. And if not, the sewer leads into the ocean anyway. The picture shows my son going to the loo. In this case, on the ocean side of the atoll. But the lagoons are commonly used as well. Thus I agree with Glenn57 in his warning against swimming in the lagoon. We never did, after seeing what was floating...

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  • Building traditions

    The old building tradition is still very common, especially on the outer islands, but also on Tarawa. Houses are built from material found on the islands, that is trunks and leaves from palms and other trees like the pandanus tree. The construction elements are tied together with string made from coconut fibres. The pictures shows me learning how...

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  • Bathing

    People are a bit conservative when it comes to showing the body. Both men and women should wear shorts and t-shirts when bathing and sun bathing. The bikini I am wearing in this picture is NOT deasant. But I took a risk, since we were far from other people and it was in the middle of the night ;-)

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  • Usually,there is a assembly...

    Usually,there is a assembly hall in a village. And sometimes,they hold a meeting.PHOTO:DANCE PARTY AFTER RELIGIOUS MEETING.

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