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On Fiji Islands -- The Spirit's Way-- Chapter 3.42

In the following year Cakobau, under white pressure, sent a poorly organized punitive force. It was easily routed. For a time the Navatusila exulted in their ferocity (it was they who ate the duck hunters), but after their final defeat in 1876 and reduction to Christianity, a deep feeling of guilt overcame them. They…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on January 19, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

On Fiji Islands -- The Spirit's Way-- Chapter 3.41

Reverend Thomas Baker ran a successful mission on the lower Rewa River (between Suva and Bau) for many years, but yearned for bigger things. In 1864 the Wesleyan Church appointed him Missionary to the interior, but he did not penetrate the highlands until 1867. He could hardly have chosen a worse time: Cakobau…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on January 14, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

On Fiji Islands -- The Spirit's Way-- Chapter 3.40

The surrounding jungle was older here and very thick. The black stems and feathery green umbrellas of balabala tree ferns stood out from bushes with wine-red leaves and pale yellow vines.…



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Added by Robert F. Kay on January 9, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

On Fiji Islands -- The Spirit's Way-- Chapter 3.39

Twice during the night I dreamt I was sleeping in a car. I woke once when the sky was overcast and low, torn with black patches full of stars. The night was ... loud; yes, that was the word. The uproar of countless insects and a glimpse of the Southern Cross brought to…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on December 16, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

On Fiji Islands -- Nadrau-- Chapter 3.22

I n the 1860s and '70s Ratu Lemeki's ancestor decided that Nadrau would not try to resist the new order proclaimed by Cakobau and the white men. His Navatusila neighbours had taken the opposite course, sheltering renegade cannibals from all over the island and committing…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on September 11, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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