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test, tangi and last ramble
June 4, 2009, 10:06 am
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hey all,

i think…well i really really hope that i am prepared for the test tomorrow…have been working hard on it …its been quite exciting having lightbulb moments…seeing how so many concepts that we have discussed in class relate to charles and camilla’s wedding.

i have not personally ever been to a tangi…the only experience that i have with them is when huia in shorty was killed in a car bomb… so found the article v v interesting. i particularly liked that the body was never left alone; always being surounded by friends and family. it seems like a really nice idea as it is always a very odd feeling to know that someone you love is lying in a strange place all alone. although, i guess it could also be rather emotionally draining as you don’t ever get a moment of reprieve (is that the right word?). though, i would assume that people stay with the body in shifts…does anyone know? or do people sleep surrounding the body?

my other thought was that the idea of the body constantly being present may be easier for people who were closest to the deceased to deal with whereas others who knew the deceased less, may find it rather disconcertening (again, is that the right word?) to be so close to a dead body. hmm, all so interesting…

also, does this mean that maori people are buried quicker than is the norm? because a body does begin to change appereance (which is often why people choose to have a closed casket funeral) …so i assume that burial would need to occur before this happens. wait, i have it stuck in my head that the deceased has an open casket at a tangi…not so sure if i am right. does anyone know?

anyway, guess its time to say goodbye…i have become rather attached to blogging…so much fun to have a wee ramble.  good luck with the test everyone 🙂



question about giddens
June 1, 2009, 6:38 am
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hey,

just a quick question in relation to anthony giddens…am i correct in thinking that his main idea is in relation to an individual transgressing boundaries from his/her habitus to another?

thanks 🙂



andre hazes and princess diana babble
May 29, 2009, 2:53 am
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hey all,

i found the lecture on andre hazes one of the most interesting yet and have just finished reading irene steng’s article, so thought i would have a wee babble.

as another blogger has already mentioned, the death of andre hazes is analagous to that of princess diana. both were public figures that were held deep within the hearts of many; to the extent that many members of the public felt like they knew them personally and therefore grieved in a manner one would normally associate with the death of a family member or friend.  the immense outpouring of grief was visible through the huge amounts of flowers that built up at makeshift memorials.  

the analogy continues, as both andre hazes and princess diana were given state funerals which included a very public funeral procession which was watched by millions (both on the street and on tv). there are not many people in the world who cannot picture the heartbreaking faces of princess diana’s sons, william and harry, as they walked behind their mothers coffin.

many aspects of princess diana and andre hazes funerals were however vastly distinct from one another. whereas princess diana’s funeral was traditional, andre hazes’ funeral was strictly secular. princess diana’s funeral was held in a cathedral, with a choir, had a eulogy and was strictly formal (though elton john singing ‘candle in the wind’ was a departure from the strict formalism). andre hazes’ funeral sat in stark contrast –  a concert held in a soccer stadium, with rowdy fans, drinking beer and cheering (you cannot get much more ‘un-traditional’ than that!). it was interesting to note that andre hazes did not recieve a eulogy. his life was therefore remembered through his music (a very public aspect of himself) however failed to reflect his more private role as a husband and father.

the deaths of andre hazes and princess diana forced both their families into the media spotlight, where their every move was scrutinised. the manner by which the families reacted  to this intense media attention could not however have been more different. whereas princess diana’s family asked the public and the press to respect the family’s privacy while they grieved; andre hazes wife rachel and his children seemed to relish the media spotlight. in fact, there actions (such as getting andre hazes name tattoed on their wrist and having part of his ashes mixed in with the ink) were arguably constructed to ensure that the media spotlight remained firmly on their family.  

one last thought…did anyone else find it strange that andre hazes body was in the middle of the soccer arena during the concert? to me, it seems that this is not giving the body the respect that it deserves…but maybe thats just the traditionalistic aspect of me talking…



cyprus weddings and such things
May 20, 2009, 4:53 am
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hey all,

hmm, so i’ve just finished reading vassos argyrou’s article on weddings in cyprus in the 1930s. has definitely been my fav reading so far, as it is so easy to read and understand, not to mention interesting. the article discusses how weddings, like any other rite of passage, signify the symbolic transfer of people from one category to the next; boys become men and girls become women. i found the part which discussed ‘although a person may be  ‘grown up’ in all other facets (sp?) of their life, society deems their transition into adulthood incomplete, until they are married’ particularly interesting.  i guess this does reflect my own thinking to some degree, as although i am technically an adult, i dont really feel like one and getting married, having kids etc is something that i want to do when i ‘grow up’!

argyrou’s explanation of the lengthy wedding ritual witnessed in cyprus in the 1930s was great. he claimed that many people now see it as “remote, unsophisticated and crude” however it was intriguing to note that some aspects of the ritual remain instrinsic aspects of a western wedding.  for example: the changing of the brides clothes is very similar to how a bride’s bridesmaids help her get dressed on her wedding day. further, the manner in which the bride and groom “hold bratsio” on their way home after the ceremony, is the same as a bride and groom linking arms on their way back down the aisle.

argyrou commented on how the men and women are segregated at the tables. this reminded me of a muslim wedding that i once attended, where the men and women were segregated, with the men in one room, with the groom and the women in another, with the bride. the bride did not partake in the marriage ceremony, which took place in the men’s room, between the bride’s father and the groom. once the ceremony was complete, the groom and the men came into the women’s room, by which stage the bride and groom were married. i was so not used to this at the time and therefore found it all rather odd however am now rather intrigued and wish i could remember more (i was quite young). 

i am running out of time but have one last part of the article that i must discuss…the fact that the dancing and singing at the wedding was monopolized by the men! i found this rather intriguing as at the majority of weddings i have been to, woman struggle to get the men up on the dance floor, yet in cyprus…they are more than willing….hmmm.

soooo much more that i wanted to talk about, will hopefully try get back to it another time. if you havent yet read this article, i would recommend it, as its very very easy to read. feel free to leave comments, as its always exciting getting them 🙂



‘monday-ising’ anzac day
May 5, 2009, 1:51 am
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hi, i remember reading someones post which discussed ‘monday-ising’ anzac day but i cant seem to find it to make a comment on it anyway… while researching, i discovered that legislation specifically forbidding this was passed in 1949. i wonder why…would be intresting to find out.



anzac day observations, significance and assignment
May 5, 2009, 1:14 am
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hey everyone,

ive had a super busy few weeks, waaaay to many assignments and moving house, so accidently forgot to blog last week but will try make up for that this week!

in relation to anzac day observations…had grand intentions of making it down to the dawn parade but didnt quite make it unfortunately (huge props to those of you who did). i began my observations outside the cathedral, just as the service was ending at about 10am.  i then mingled with the crowds, as they meandered down molesworth st (?), to the cenotaph on lambton quay. it was intriguing to note the amount of brass that came out of the cathedral however they all seemed to disappear straight after the service. none were present (that i saw) at the wreath laying ceremony.

as some of you have already mentioned, i have also had a wide range of responses when discussing anzac day with friends. some see anzac day as holding huge significance and therefore make an effort to be at the dawn service each year whereas others have never gone, have no intention of going and could not understand why i was bothering to go…’why dont you just watch it on tv?’. many others had accompanied family members when they were younger, but now saw anzac day as irrelevant and ruining a perfectly good sleep in.

my base for the assignment is going to be on whether there is in fact a revival of anzac day amongst the younger generation. i plan to look at how the younger generation contribute to anzac day, either as a member of the public that comes down to the anzac day ceremony or in a more official capacity. i noted that young people played a large role in the wreath laying ceremony; many high schools had student representatives that lay wreaths and there was also a large number of youth organisations that took part. i also intend to discuss the other side of the argument…that is, has there actually been a revival…i guess this is where conversations with other people fits in.

i know, i know, this idea doesn’t seem particularly original however, i think it is fascinating 🙂



my anzac day experiences
April 12, 2009, 10:01 am
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hey all,

when i was younger i was part of the air training corps, which is basically air force cadets and have therefore had quite a lot of experience with anzac day. each year we would take part in the anzac day parade, watch the wreath laying at the cenotaph and attend the mass up at the cathedral.

observing people at these parades is always intriguing…though, we were never allowed to look around whilst on parade so my observations were limited – am looking forward to having a good look around this year 🙂

one particular year i was chosen to attend the national wreath laying ceremony and lay a wreath on behalf of the youth of nz. it was a touching experience, being surrounded by veterans, members of the armed forces and lots of dignitaries, made me understand the significance of anzac day. so many young men were unnecessarily slaughtered in gallipoli that day and any of us could have been in the same position. so, it is so important that people understand what occurred that day and remember those that died.

i have never quite made it to a dawn parade, though maybe i should aim for that this year. the anzac ceremonies that i have been to, have always been very emotional and my assumption would be that this would be amplified, by the intensity of a dawn parade. 

happy holidays 🙂   – anyone know whether we need to blog during the hols?