Beliefs, stories, legends and taboos. It’s almost impossible to understand the culture of the Solomon Islands, leaving aside these aspects. And, though it seems a science fiction movie, everything, sometimes strange and unexpected enough, always has an explanation or a story that gives life, closer or more far from reality. As a general rule, much it depends on the family, the province, the tribe and beliefs to which they belong. But they all have something in common, and that is, each of them hides its essence, its tradition and way of interpreting life. Therefore, there are many practices and customs that, when we come here, have not been able to pass unnoticed and catching our attention.
The famous “bride price” is one of the most talked practices by locals. The boy must close its commitment to the family of the bride and her tribe, paying a price usually established by the bride’s mother. It can translate in natural jewels, shells and teeth dolphin, clothing, cash, or even translated in a car or boat, considering that it can also be a mixture of everything, as if a European wedding list it was.
The islands are also home of beliefs and religions with different nuances, but pray or say a few words before each event, food, ceremony, or just at the beginning or end of any meeting, giving thanks for what you are holding in each moment, is something shared by all people and you can experience frequently if you immerse yourself in local life.
Taboos that are curious, some funnier than others. Women who cannot touch the face of men or have forbidden to wear pants in certain towns, always wearing a skirt or sarong covering. Men who cannot approach your mother in law, don’t look or even not pronounce his name, and men cannot touch the underwear of her sisters, mothers or aunts. Tribes who are not allowed to eat octopus because it is considered a god, which frees and protects people from the evils of the sea. Places where you cannot go barefoot, even on the beaches, because if they do, the spirits will ensure that your legs sick. Islands that can only visit men who are baptized in its waters in their first arrival, or Islands inhabited by spirits, marching to the souls of those who die in other islands.
For us, many things are surprising, inexplicable, unexpected, curious, intriguing, inconceivable. For them, they are simply taboo.