Our cruise ship docked at Lautoka, Fiji and we took the opportunity for an excursion to a Fijian Cultural Village a short drive to the south.
Entering the village one of the first buildings we saw was the church and a large lawn in the middle of the village. The villagers met us on this large green lawn and then set up to exhibit some local songs and dance. Before they started however they went through a traditional kava ceremony where they prepared kava. Kava is made from the roots of a plant and the drink made has sedative, anesthetic, euphoriant, and entheogenic properties.
The local songs and dance were very entertaining and colourful and was a great introduction to their culture and history.
The men did a warrior’s dance showing some aggressive moves with their long spears and fierce looking painted faces.
Finally they performed a traditional farewell song at the end of their show.
We then had some time to wander round the village and meet the people and see their houses.
The village chief’s house was a large building opposite the church with a large thatched roof.
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