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  1. palagi(Noun)

    A white person; a Caucasian.

  2. Origin: From pālagi, variant of paplāgi.


  1. Palagi

    Palagi or papaalagi is a term in Samoan culture of uncertain meaning, but sometimes used to describe foreigners or anything that does not 'belong' to Samoan culture. Tent & Geraghty comment that the origin of the Western Polynesian Papāalagi~Pālagi, and the Fijian Vāvālagi~Pāpālagi remains a matter of speculation. Papāalagi~Pālagi is a word in the Samoan language describing non-Samoans especially European westerners or Caucasians. In Samoa the term is used to describe 'foreigners' or anything that does not 'belong' to Samoa or Samoan culture. The word is both a noun e.g. a Palagi or an adjective e.g. Palagi house. The word is a cognate in other Polynesian languages and has gained widespread use throughout much of western Polynesia, including in Tokelau, Tuvalu, 'Uvea and Futuna, etc. Written Pālagi or Papālagi in Samoan, and Papālangi in Tongan, the term Pālagi is also used in Niuean.

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  1. palagi

    palagi or papalagi are what samoans often use to call a white person. "pa"= bang lagi=heaven which would translate it as heaven bursters. In the history books, when the palagis first arrived to the Polynesian islands, the islanders had heard a loud bang sound, and not having any knowledge of modern technology, they had thought heaven had split open.

    Submitted by amniupulusu72 on January 24, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of palagi in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of palagi in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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