Advantages Fascinating to visit a lived in village
Disadvantages None really
THE LANDING PLACE OF THE FIRST FIJIANSAbout 12km north of Nadi is Viseisei village in the district of Vuda and this is supposedly where the first Melanesians arrived in Fiji around 1500. The village of Viseisei is the chief village in the district of Vuda and this is the village of the just recently retired Prime minister of Fiji. The villages in Fiji have a very distinct structure and are divided into clans, the warrior clan, the messenger clan and so on. You are born into your clan and this never changes. Each clan inhabits a specific area of the village and fulfils specific traditional roles or duties.
After we had spent some money our guide took us around the village and told us a bit of the history and also a bit about the structure of the village and village life. I was quite shocked to hear that in the village of only 800 they had 98 orphans. The parents had died of cancer or accidents; apparently cancer is quite a killer in Fiji. That did seem to be a very big percentage of orphans in one village to me. The orphans are looked after by the church which gets the money from the tourist’s $5 entry fee and I think village people who are earning in jobs outside the village probably donate to the church too. Our guide said he gets paid once a month from the fund too.
The houses apart from the special chief’s hut and waiting hut are all made of concrete blocks and plastered over and painted.
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