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Puntan and Fu‘una: Gods of Creation
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Fouha Rock, Umatac; courtesy of Guampedia.com

Puntan and Fu‘una are only two of the gods in the ancient Chamorro religion. Historical sources have all referred to the Chamorros as pagans and have denied the existence of a religion in the Mariana Islands. Thus, Chamorro gods such as Puntan and Fu‘una have been referred to historically as “myths,” “legends,” or “superstitions.”

The Puntan and Fu‘una account also tells us that in the Chamorro culture, men and women were both respected as powerful and contributing members of society. The Chamorro people had a matrilineal system in which gender roles were balanced equitably so that men and women shared power and responsibility.

In addition to the Puntan and Fu‘una account, this gender balance can also be found in the political system. In Chamorro politics, the two most powerful titles in society were held by a male and a female, the maga‘låhi (leading son) and the maga‘håga (leading daughter).

About Puntan and Fu‘una

Read a longer version of the Puntan and Fu‘una story on the CNMI community page.
Read more about Fouha Point at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fouha_Point


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Map of Guam; courtesy of Wikimedia

Capital: Hagåtña
Population: 183,286 (2011)
Land Area:544 sq km (210 sq miles)[1]
Languages: Chamorro, English, Spanish, Filipino, other Pacific island languages, Asian languages and others
Indigenous Ethnicity: Chamorro
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Guam is a largest (544 sq km) and southernmost island in the Mariana Islands archipelago in the western North Pacific Ocean. The terrain of this volcanic island is characterized by a relatively flat coralline limestone plateau with steep coastal cliffs and narrow coastal plains in north, low hills in center, mountains in south. Its highest point is Mount Lamlam (406 m) in Agat village. Some of the current environmental issues in Guam include local extinction of native bird population by the rapid proliferation of the brown tree snake, an exotic, invasive species.[2]

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Climate & Climate Impacts

Guam’s climate is characterized as tropical marine—generally warm and humid, moderated by northeast trade winds. [3] There are two seasons: dry season (fanumnangan) is January to June and wet season (fanuchanan) is July to December. Annual rainfall is usually 80 to 110 inches, averaging 4.35 inches/month during the dry season and 10.77 inches/month during the wet season. Aside from changes in rainfall, Guam experiences frequent storms during wet season and relatively rare typhoons during dry season.[4]

The mean annual temperature is 81 degrees, and it generally ranges is from the low 70s to the middle 80s. The coolest months in Guam are December through February, marked by prevailing westerly tradewinds, and the warmest months are March through August.[5]

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    (CIA, 2012)
  4. ^ http://ns.gov.gu/climate.html
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