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Artefacts Linked To Pre-Fiji Christian Era: Sitiveni Rabuka

In the past, some prayer groups were burn­ing items and artefacts, believing them to be not necessarily witchcraft, but relics of pre-Fiji Christian era.
28 Feb 2019 13:38
Artefacts Linked To Pre-Fiji Christian Era: Sitiveni Rabuka
Items that were burnt at the village in the presence of representatives of all the Christian denominations in the district of Vitogo.

Opposition leader and lay preacher in the Methodist Church Sitiveni Rabuka says some people destroy traditional artefacts because they link the items pre-Fiji Christian era.

He was commenting on the burning the items tanoa, tabua, and other items in Namoli Village in Lautoka, by a Christian group in a bid to lift what they believed was a curse on the village.

He said there were similar acts in the past where some prayer groups were burn­ing items and artefacts, believing them to be not necessarily witchcraft, but relics of pre-Fiji Christian era.

“They feel they have to get rid of it, it’s a family hand-it-down item and get rid of it because they associate it with some practices that do not harmonise with their Christian belief,” he said.

“In this case, I do not know why they are doing it, whether it is the Methodist Church or a prayer group in the village.

“I know that Namoli Vil­lage is a very strong di­vision of the Methodist Church in Fiji and I do not believe they would be doing anything that is not in keep­ing with the directions and authority of the Methodist Church in Fiji.

“I think it is a personal thing for every person. It is not something a church or a denomination should be dictating,” Mr Rabuka said.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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