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What exactly is Micronesia?
Micronesia, a word which means small Islands,
this sub region of Oceania consists of thousands of small islands,
islets and atolls situated in th...
Micronesia, a word which means small Islands, this sub region of Oceania consists of thousands of small islands, islets and atolls situated in the Western Pacific Ocean.
Each of the Pacific Islands of Micronesia boasts its own proud cultures and traditions, and other common values. These include working together, sharing with each other, and offering tributes to their traditional leaders.
1. Meeting houses
The meeting house, called "Pe'bai(Pe'ebai)" and "Faluw", is found in each village in the island of Yap, the westernmost island and its most culturally intact.
In this meeting hall all the men, women, and children come together for various community activities. Faluws stand along the shoreline that provides workspace for men, and a learning space for cultivating traditional work skills.
2. Stone Money
Stone Money, which also known as Raay or Feaq In Yapese is a traditional currency and is unique in the world, where its usage still exists even today. The huge carved stones were transported from Palau and remain a cornerstone of Yapese culture, as expressed on both the State flag and the State Seal. The money can be seen throughout Yap.
3. Devil Mask
The myth of the Devil Mask derives from a long time ago. There lived a legendary ghost that kept stealing food from the starving people on the island of Tol. So, the people of Micronesia decided to carve a devil mask to scare the ghost away. Later on, it happened in such a way that all the people came together and wore the mask. The ghost saw the devils surrounding the area when he came to steal the food, he got scared, ran away, and never came back.
4. Love Stick
The young men of Micronesia traditionally own personalized wooden love-sticks on which they would carve two of the same design. A short one would be carved to be utilized for his hair, the long one would be for the woman. The man uses the love stick whenever he likes a woman and pokes the love stick into her hut or her hair. If the love-stick's design is that of the man she likes, she will pull the love-stick signaling for him to come in. If the woman pushes the love-stick out, it means she is not interested in the man.
They make accessories, woven bags and materials and carvings that are made from wood, shells and fibers of palm tree or banana. The handicrafts involves traditional techniques with simple tools such as a small axe, a knife and a needle. A carved shark and a manta from wood or any other accessories from sea shells or ivory nuts are common popular items. They are the best artisans and hail from Federated States of Micronesia. These are unique and beautiful souvenirs to bring home.