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Old 06-05-2005, 02:05 PM
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However all these are slowly vanishing. The dual influences of education and Christianity made inroads into the country. And now, Western influences, development and technology have also contributed to these changes. Only a few people still practice these ceremonies.

Interestingly, modern youths have invented their, own styles of initiation. In high schools and national high schools, groups require students to undergo several tests if a new member wants to join of to have a generation name passed onto him. This includes how many bottles of alcohol he can drink and having his chest punched according to the generation number.

The difference is that these so-called modern-day initiations only influence youths in a bad way.

In many ways, young people of today are fortunate to be raised in a society that has advanced with technology.

“I am proud to be growing up in such a society, but at the same time I have fear for today’s modern society,” says Cal, a 23-year old from East New Britain youth.

He said the young men of today are different from those in the past because back then, traditional and cultural practices were effective. Young men really respected their elders. However, today those traditions and cultures are fading away and the new influence of the modern society is invading fast. Now, the young men do not respect for their societies.

Young Tolai boys performing a traditional dance.....
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