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‘Sorcery’ Items Go Up In Flames

About 600 Naduri Vil lagers in Macuata watched as traditional artefacts, allegedly used for witchcraft, were burned to drive away evil spirits. The event was part of the spiritual cleansing
30 May 2017 09:33
‘Sorcery’ Items Go Up In Flames
At least 600 people turned up to the spiritual cleansing in Naduri Village on 28.05.17. Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere (4th from right, blue shirt) was at the village too. Photo: Josaia Ralago

About 600 Naduri Vil lagers in Macuata watched as traditional artefacts, allegedly used for witchcraft, were burned to drive away evil spirits.

The event was part of the spiritual cleansing crusade in the chiefly village by the Assemblies of God Northern Division Presbyter head, Reverend Akuila Qalomaiwasa.

He told the people: “You see that most of the items used for yaqona consumption are closely linked with sorcery.”

More than 20 relics including a number of tanoa, davui, dari, old pictures, old wooden chests and wooden posts were burned on Sunday night.

Both young and old who had braved the cold windy night gathered around the pile of burning artefacts to witness what the group termed as evil.

Leading his people was their chief Ratu Wiliame Katonivere, who said this was an important step they were taking as a vanua to ensure positive changes for the people of Macuata.

“To make changes in life you need a holistic approach, to change the way you think, they way you live, the way you look and the way you walk and it has to start from some where,” Ratu Wiliame said.

“In communities as this, we have our belief that God is with us so why not? We have to encourage them because a good, clear mind will attract positive changes.”

While the overconsumption of yaqona was a topic explored during this evangelical approach to the people, Ratu Wiliame said the decision would be up to the individuals.

“The decision to drink yaqona or not rests on each individual as we have to respect their rights,” he said.

“They say that faith can move mountains and I believe that this step that we have taken today is bound to bring positive changes to the people,” he said.

“The way I look at it, it is all about faith.”

An altar call made by the Reverend Qalomaiwasa had a big response from the crowd who moved forward to declare their faith and recommitment to Christ.

The 40-day spiritual cleansing work was supposed to conclude on Sunday but has been delayed for another week.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Feedback: josaia.ralago@fijisun.com.fj



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