“We used to eat people”

Revelations of a Fiji Islands Traditional Village
by R.M.W. Dixon
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Publisher: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers

Publication Date: December 08, 2017

ISBN: 9781476630700

Binding: Kobo eBook

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? 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.