Sunday, February 21, 2016

Fijian Customs and Culture EBook

 Fijian Customs and Culture – A Brief Guide & Handbook 

by Sai Lealea

Throughout this book the term Fijian refers to the indigenous people of Fiji.

For any one wishing to gain a general understanding of Fijian Culture and Customs, it can be a challenge finding useful information or guide as what to learn in order to be able to conduct oneself when amongst the people of Fiji.

As a Fijian, I know I have always been keen to have an accessible handbook from which I could quickly glean and learn the basics about my Fijian culture, especially those elements that form part of everyday life. 

In my work, I have often been approached to provide advice, deliver language lessons and presentation on Fijian culture or translate Fijian materials. I have been fortunate to have learned and lived my culture all these years and am now keen to share it with those wishing to gain some basic understanding.

That is the aim of this book:
  • to show you how to get started in developing a basic and general understanding of key aspects of Fijian culture and customs. It is not intended as a comprehensive guide but enough to be able to gain an appreciation of its importance and significance to Fijians.
In this book I have attempted to bring together and summarised materials that are contained in various publications into one to serve as a guide and handbook.

It is my hope that with the topics covered in this book, those of you interested in learning and understanding Fijian culture and customs will at least have access to material that would come in handy and useful. 

Topics covered include the following:

  • I Cavucavu ni Vosa Vakaviti - Pronunciation

  • Vula Vakaviti - Fijian Calendar

  • Wiliwili Vakaviti - Fijian Numbers

  • A I Cavuti – Chiefly Titles for Province and District

  • Na I Vosavosa Vakaviti – Fijian Idioms and Proverbs

  • Etiquette for Visiting a Fijian Village

  • Useful Resources


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Saturday, January 30, 2016

A i Cavuti : Chiefly Titles of Provinces and Districts in Fiji

Fijians belong to one of the 14 provinces (yasana) in Fiji that form part of three confederacies (matanitu) - Kubuna, Burebasaga, Tovata, which in prechristian times, were separate states (vanua) in themselves ruled by high chiefs. Each province is further divided into districts (tikina) which in turn comprise a number of villages. 

At the village level, further groupings occur at the Yavusa which comprise the largest social unit often from a common deified ancestor called "kalou vu". Next is the Mataqali which make up a group of families who become the custodian of a specific traditional role and task within the Yavusa. Land holding is organised within the Mataqali which in turn are made up of Tokatoka who are related families or Vuvale.

During formal presentations and ceremonies Fijians recite and refer to these traditional affiliations and references denoting their cultural roots and customary status. This is done by reference to the chiefly status at each level of Fijian traditional organisational structure beginning at the village level right to the confederacy or vanua level. In reciting the chiefly status, reference is made of the chiefly tribe and title.

When attending a Fijian ceremony or visiting a Fijian family or village, you will be expected to make a presentation where you will need to know the chiefly titles of those you’re visiting. Being able to refer to it will convey a good impression on your hosts and lead to a comfortable and respectful interaction. 

A i Cavuti is the term denoting the chiefly titles of provinces and districts in Fiji. Find out all about it in the ebook below!


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