A very short poetry translated into Samoan, the Polynesian language of the Samoa Islands. With the expatriate Samoans (Australia, New Zealand), 400,000 people speak it! Samoan is the official language of both Samoa (American and Western).
The Samoan alphabet contains only 14 letters: the five vowels plus the consonants. Many Samoan words are single compounds: vai (water) + tafe (to flow) = vaitafe (river).
In Samoa, the center of political and ceremonial life, the village houses households, made up of extended families under the authority of a (matai) chief. The highly hierarchical sociopolitical organization of the Samoans (referring to the conception that the chiefs have a divine origin, which confer them a sacred power and authority), included the existence of a legal and administrative council in the village, extended to the district, whose the supreme chief was inducted by an electoral college. The traditional Samoan god is "Tagaloa".