Stories from the afterlife
According to local legend, the To’aga location and the road leading to it are haunted by aitu, which are malevolent spirits or ghosts that materialise at night.
The island of Ofu was chosen in the 1920s for the establishment of a medical dispensary to give treatment and services to both the island’s residents and those of Olosega. The To’aga was plagued with aitu, which the indigenous warned the builders and medics about. The legends did not deter the building of the dispensary in To’aga, and one of the physicians who worked there had a close contact with one of the aitu in 1924, according to the narrative.
The doctor had been assigned to work the night shift, which was frequently interrupted by someone hammering on the door. He couldn’t locate anyone when he went to check. When he opened the door again, he was confronted by the ghost of a headless man. These ghosts plagued the doctor’s wife for days, moving belongings and furniture around the house.
The couple and one of the nurses at the dispensary chose to relocate to Ofu village, but they had to continue working in To’aga. The village matai agreed to return the couple to the site first, and the nurse the next day.
During the trek, however, they witnessed something that would eternally stun them. On the beach, ghosts and headless figures performed the siva, a traditional Samoan dance. Among them was the nurse, who had to have been in the hamlet of Ofu rather than To’aga.
Although the claim has never been proven, the dispensary was just recently relocated to the middle of Ofu village. Even today, locals in American Samoa warn visitors not to visit To’aga at sunset or at night.
Precautions to observe in the Samoa Islands
We conclude our article with some minor measures to take in American Samoa:
- Do not walk during the ” s “; this only applies in some areas, therefore it is best to check first; it is a half-hour afternoon prayer;
- Sunday is a holiday, and practically all businesses are closed. If visitors intend to attend church, they should dress accordingly.
- It is preferable to wear a t-shirt and pants that cover the knees in the villages, and this applies to both men and women.
- Before taking photographs or accessing beaches that are not labelled as public, you should get permission; they may be part of someone’s property.
- It is not unusual for locals to welcome tourists into their homes; nevertheless, if this occurs, remember to remove your shoes before entering, do not stand while the elderly are seated, and sit with your legs crossed to hide your feet.
The Samoan people are very open and eager to include tourists in a variety of activities; taking these measures will only demonstrate your respect for their culture, which will be warmly appreciated.
Samoa: a step back in time through culture
American Samoa is a must-see destination for everyone. As previously stated, several activities such as surfing, hiking, and snorkelling would be available on the islands. In the markets, you may eat traditional fish-based meals and buy traditional island clothing, such as lavalava.
But maybe the most unusual experience on the Samoan Islands is approaching and coming into contact with a culture that is as different from ours as it is interesting. Natives frequently narrate stories and legends that have been passed down from generation to generation since the first people arrived on the islands.
They are a must-see for everyone interested in anthropology and archaeology. Fa’a Samoa has changed almost little in the last 3,000 years, including conversion to Christianity. Visiting American Samoa is like stepping inside a time machine.
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