by Ron Meshanko
The Huli have ten golden rules for living that are given to initiates who are training to become functional males in Huli society. After a severe beating during the initiation rites, the following rules are given to the initiates to be followed the rest of their lives.
1) No swearing, or any form of word and actions relating to swearing.
2) No stealing, or any form of words and action in relation to stealing.
3) No looking at women or girls or any form of words and actions in relation to opposite sex.
4) No telling lies, or any form of words and actions in relation to lies.
5) No killing or any form of words and actions in relation to killing.
6) No ill feeling or jealousy of anyone or their property.
7) Obey your parents and your authorities and elders.
8) No sitting near fire or in the sun or sleeping beyond the given time.
9) No eating food touched by females or married men or burnt in the fire or dirty.
10) Share things with others and help them. 1
These golden rules are the basic moral code of the Huli people.
(Photo courtesy of Trans NiuGini Tours)
- Liddle, Kay. Into the Heart of Papua New Guinea (p. 263). Kay Liddle Trust / Castle Publishing. Kindle Edition. [↩]