The Samoan culture is a very old culture that has developed over 3 500 years and has withstood influence European cultures. It is mainly influenced by Christianity. The basic and most important unit of the American Samoa culture is the family, which consists of both immediate and extended family.
Here are some of the things you ought to know
- General Etiquette -Here are a few things you should note in terms of general etiquette in American Samoa. one should always talk to elders at eye level or lower, for example when an elder is sitting down, one is supposed to sit down as well to converse with them, failure to do so is deemed disrespectful. It is considered rude to be standing while others are seated. Always excuse yourself if your movements distract others.it is considered an insult to pass something over someone’s head as the head is considered sacred. One should avoid wearing revealing clothing, especially in the villages. Knees and shoulders should always be covered
Religion in South American is dominated by Christianity which constitutes about 98.3%, while other religions make up 1.7%. According to World Christian Database, an estimated 98.3% are Christian, 0.7% agnostic, 0.4% Chinese Universalist, 0.3% Buddhist, and 0.3% followers of the Baha’i Faith. Among these Christians, 59.5% are said to be Protestant, 19.7% Roman Catholic and 19.2% are other Christians. According to the Association of Religious Data Archives (ARDA) 2015 estimate, 42.7% are protestant, 27.3% Catholic, 5.3% Pentecostal, 12% other unknown Christians, 1.1% are other religionists, 0.9% non-religious, and 10.6% are unknown.
- American Samoan cuisines are considered to be one of the tastiest and most unique cuisines in the world because of their unique exotic taste and preparation.
- Music in American Samoa is a complex fusion of cultures and traditions. Traditional Samoan music involved the use of instruments such as the pate and fala. Due to the arrival of the Americans, American Samoan music has evolved and incorporated rap, hip hop, and RnB cultures.
- The main sports played in American Samoa include football, cricket, canoeing, yachting, basketball, golf, netball, tennis, rugby, table tennis, boxing, bowling, wrestling, sumo wrestling, volleyball, and fishing.Maselino Masoe represented American Samoa in three consecutive Olympics was WBA middleweight champion from 2004 to 2006. Many American Samoan athletes have also taken part in professional wrestling, especially WWE. The Anoa'i family in particular is one of the famous American Samoan wrestling families. Famous family members include Rikishi, Umaga, Yokozuna, Roman Reigns, the Usos, Nia Jax, to mention but a few. Peter Maivia and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are also from American Samoa.
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