"We used to eat people" Revelations of a Fiji Islands Traditional Village

Dixon, R.M.W (2018) "We used to eat people" Revelations of a Fiji Islands Traditional Village. McFarland and Company, Jefferson, North Carolina USA.

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Abstract

Living in a reed hut on Taveuni - the 'garden isle' of Fiji - the author studied the native language and carefully observed their traditions until he was accepted as a (somewhat unusual) member of the village. Despite five cyclones the summer of 1985, daily life was idyllic. Cannibalism has been abandoned, reluctantly, at the behest of the new Christian God. But the old religion survived beneath the facade and priests danced naked on the beach beneath the full moon. The village pulsated with factions and feuds, resolved by the stern but benevolent chief, whose word was law. Legends told of a princess born as a bird, who was killed and thus became a comely maiden - but the murderer had to be cooked and eaten.

Item ID: 52474
Item Type: Book (Creative Work)
ISBN: 978-1-4766-7181-9
Keywords: Taveuni; cannibalism; Fiji Islands; traditional village
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2018 23:27
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 100%
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