Church and grog

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Ame­natave Ya­con­isau

Suva

The dis­cus­sions by the two priest (talatala) tells us of the scourge of drink­ing yaqona in the church (Edi­to­rial car­toon by Paul Dorin FS 27/8). I agree en­tirely with the wis­dom of the ju­nior talatala (church stew­ard or vakatawa) sit­ting cross legged in the tra­di­tional man­ner that min­is­ters should not drink kava.

This has been a long his­tor­i­cal chal­lenge to the church where peo­ple want to ob­tain things in an­other man­ner once they get their hands on a bowl. It is one of the most dan­ger­ous and old prob­lem of the church in­clud­ing overindul­gence in red wine al­most drunk re­li­giously. You know what’s next. The two blokes look very con­cerned and I hope a right­eous de­ci­sion will be made soon. These are not fu­tile thoughts. Lets wait for an up­right out­come and hope that mem­bers will not har­den their hearts.

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