Any stratification system is characterized by a number of rungs or levels of the society. In America for example, they have the upper class, middle class lower class etc. Stratification is essentially a ranking system it is the hierarchical order of different social class within a society. “Social Stratification can be described as socially-patterned inequality of access to things that a culture defines as desirable.” The definition defines how social classes are different among different cultures and societies. Therefore, depending on the different social class that is inherited, it will influence the individual’s function in society.
Tu’i Tonga influence on Society
Tongan had historically been group of individual …show more content…
The laws of Tonga were based around Christianity. “The constitutional monarchy prescribes a legislative assembly with twenty members representing the thirty three nobles and twenty members elected as the people's representatives. “The king converted the chiefdoms to Christianity which further united the country.” In the early 1800's the first King of a united Tonga, King Siaosi Tupou I, celebrated the "giving of Tonga to God"”, The monarch became the ultimate ruler, and this was passed down through primogeniture meaning to the eldest son. A group of chiefs was elected by the king as his own ministers who were given estates to serve the people in accordance with the constitution and his rule while other chiefs were stripped of their …show more content…
The eldest male child inherits the land. For example, the youngest son in a large family will not inherit anything, but the oldest son will rightfully get all of the father's land. The ownership of land in Tonga is inherited through primogeniture law where the estate is passed down from father to eldest son. As a result Younger sons will have to provide for themselves, and daughters were expected to marry the eldest sons as they had the land and possessions which was status. In families where there are no sons, they may lose everything to the nearest male in the family or it may pass on to their own sons.
In the Tongan system, rank was given to the Tui Tonga. Rather than money the Tu’i tonga had owned land in Tonga. The main King of a united Tonga, King Siaosi Tupou I, gave Tonga to God, consequently influencing the common people.The constitution leads to the end of the native religions and practices of Tonga, and introduced many conservative western values. The Tongan Monarchy’s support of Christianity and Western values resulted in a prohibition on traditional practices and introduction of Christian patriarchal and matriarchal