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What is the Wantok System?

What is the Wantok System?

https://biblicalstudies.org.uk/pdf/mjt/32-2_134.pdf The term wantok arose in colonial times, when Papua New Guinea indigenes found themselves working on plantations away from their families and traditional lands. A communal people, they sought others with whom they could relate and on whom they could rely. Where possible, these were people who spoke the same language as them, although […]

What About the Wantok System?

Andrew Murray, Sydney College of Divinity, Australia https://biblicalstudies.org.uk/pdf/mjt/32-2_134.pdf Abstract The terms “wantok” and “wantok system” elicit a wide range of feelings, from heartfelt thankfulness for close relationships to near despair when the wantok system intervenes to disrupt transactions in modern society. The terms are ubiquitous in common speech in Melanesia, but surprisingly little used in […]

Wantok System

The Face of Melanesia-hood

We invoke God by inviting as many Melanesians as possible to fast on regular basis: Fridays and Saturdays every week, and fast on other important days such as Christmas, Passover, independence day, … to pray at least one minute every hour, and to pray when fasting. to praise God in celebrations every time for all […]