Chiefly burial for chief at Nakauniceva
By Maika Bolatiki
The late Bau high chief and Radi ni Nakelo, Adi Samanunu Cakobau Talakuli will be laid to rest at Nakauniceva, the chiefly burial ground (sautabu) at Nauluvatu Village in Nakelo, Tailevu.
On Monday the 13 villages in the Nakelo district gathered at Nauluvatu Village to make their traditional preparations and prepare for the chiefly burial tomorrow.
All the 13 villages in the Nakelo have been tasked to bring with them 500 dalo, a big bundle of mats (vivivi), five kilograms of waka, a tabua (whales tooth), one cattle and $1000.
The first to make their traditional presentation were the people from Vakali Village who are the traditional warriors of the Tui Nakelo.
Yesterday, the traditional presentations to honour the life of the late Adi Samanunu started.
The beating of the lali to signify the mourning of the district of Nakelo by members of mataqali Valelevu also started. It would go on until the body of the Radi ni Nakelo was finally laid to rest at Nakauniceva,
On Monday the women of Nakelo had started decorating her chiefly residence in Nauluvatu where the body of Adi Samanunu would lie before the funeral service and her last journey to Nakauniceva.
Adi Samanunu was the eldest daughter of the Late Vunivalu of Bau, Ratu Sir George Kadavulevu Cakobau. She was the wife of the current Tui Nakelo Ratu Manasa Talakuli.