In the traditional setting, the custodians of knowledge were normally of tulafale or orator status. The Samoan term for someone who was selected to be a recipient of knowledge was often referred to as o e nainai, he or they who are specially selected for the transfer of knowledge.
The knowledge of tulafale is sacred as
is the transfer of this knowledge to the nainai.
Generally speaking, tulafalewere all schooled in
genealogical history and in the meanings of
mythology, rituals, chants, songs, dances and so
on. Senior tulafale are known as tuua. When tuua
transfer their knowledge to a nainai the transfer
is considered to have depth.
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