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Simplify Traditions, Says Chief

Bau chief Ratu George Kadavulevu (Junior) said it was time for the iTaukei people to simplify some of their traditions. He said this might be difficult, but because of its
09 Mar 2015 13:59
Simplify Traditions, Says Chief

Bau chief Ratu George Kadavulevu (Junior) said it was time for the iTaukei people to simplify some of their traditions.

He said this might be difficult, but because of its cost, something had to be done.

Ratu George said most of the costs were borne by family members and in many cases they incurred a lot of debts.

“They then had to pay off their debts with no one to help them,” he said.

He said in parts of Tailevu, some iTaukei people were simplifying the traditional ceremonies associated with deaths.

“Instead of sharing food to all those who presented their ireguregu (traditional condolence), they just prepare a lunch for everyone after the funeral.”

However, he said, for some traditional diehards, this would not be acceptable; also for those who could foot the bills for the ocassion.

“For this group, they can carry on with the full traditions and customs involved,”

The Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs, Savenaca Kaunisela, said the simplification of some of the things in our tradition in terms of money might be correctly applicable in this modern age.

“Things are expensive,” he said.

While the ministry has been telling the iTaukei people to maintain their traditions and culture, he said, “We may decrease the quantum.”

“For instance in a funeral, they can just keep it to the immediate family and exclude the exended family,” Mr Kaunisela said.

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