During the '70s while we lived in Papua New Guinea, we had the honour of witnessing a ritual between two neighbouring tribes called a Pig Exchange. Where the tribes would settle disputes by exchanging carefully calculated amounts of pig.
The pig is their wealth so this is a great honour.
This happened on the oval at the end of our suburban street!
Afterwards the neighbourhood dogs had a feast and cleaned up the remains.
I am struck by all the use of natural materials...no plastic. Although some western dress creeping in.
We kids were not impressed. We thought it stank! Respect for traditions and culture comes with age and experience.
Are you impressed?
Should we use this system today in our society?
Maybe with chocolate?!
PS Today is my birthday. Maybe that is what present giving is all about subtly. Settling old disputes, although sometimes it starts new ones!
...maybe I'll have some chocolate today...