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Fakakaukau faka-tu‘a (thinking tu‘a-wise) portrays one‘s thoughts as inferior and nonsensical. Teunga faka-tu‘a (dressing tu‘a-wise) refers to a code of dressing that is considered casual, or a person who does not present herself or himself properly in public or in chiefly occasions. Finally, mo‘ui faka-tu‘a (living tu‘a-wise) is the word for a person who does not know his/her proper responsibility or has not taken his/her tu‘a duty seriously. This is why the tu‘a is linked with two stereotypes: me‘avale and kainanga-e-fonua.

S. Example,‖ 1. 93 The postcolonial turn presupposes a real flesh and blood reader94 who lives amongst a people situated in a particular sociocultural location in time and space. From such a location, the reader approaches the Bible with the goal of exposing oppressive mechanisms encoded in the text, and those that impede emancipation in the reading community. Here the reader is no longer trapped in history or in texts, but is located in different real–life settings. Such a turn inspired the publication of various articles and volumes,95 allowing real readers from wherever they are to read the Bible in the light of their own situations and experiences.

Tongan priests were relegated to a lower position and eventually vanished together with their religion. The missionaries became more powerful and were seen by Tongans as a new ‗eiki class, and therefore the tu‘a served them in a chiefly manner. 73 Christianity introduced the western system of education, which trained the people for the first time to read and write. That created a literary subculture that was considered superior over Tongan oral traditions and indigenous modes of learning. The consequences of those events were heavy on the tu‘a class as they continued to be outsiders in both the religious and political circles.

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