Fi­jian fu­ner­als ex­pen­sive

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To­masi Bogin­iso, Nas­inu

To host a fu­neral in a iTaukei vil­lage nowa­days is very ex­pen­sive, un­less the fam­ily is rich enough to cater the re­quire­ments or if the ma­jor re­quire­ment like cat­tle, pig­gery or root crop is avail­able within the fam­ily. To make it worse the price of yaqona has sky rock­eted and mak­ing the process more ex­pen­sive.

In the vil­lages the very next day af­ter a death in the fam­ily the com­mo­tion starts; get­ting the fire­wood, the sheds erected and most im­por­tant of all is the re­ly­ing of the mes­sage of death to fam­i­lies closely re­lated.

And all par­ties ar­riv­ing to the fam­ily for their re­guregu any day be­fore the fu­neral day are ex­pected to be fed and have a few bowls of yaqona, un­less they are ex­pected to leave im­me­di­ately af­ter pay­ing their last re­spect. The de­ci­sion of the fam­ily about the burial day is very im­por­tant. The longer it takes, the more ex­pen­sive it will be. Also de­pend­ing on the day of the week, if it is the week day, it will be less peo­ple to feed. Hav­ing it on the week­end should be ex­pect­ing more peo­ple.

The cof­fin and hearse is also ex­pen­sive un­less the fam­ily de­cides on other fam­ily mem­bers or re­la­tions to do the hon­ours of get­ting the body home.

They are usu­ally re­spon­si­ble for all re­quire­ments from the morgue to the hearse and the jour­ney home.

For the yaqona ad­dicts in the vil­lages, its an op­por­tu­nity for them to be around the tanoa, while the vil­lagers help­ing out the fam­ily in mourn­ing, are ex­pected to be fed, drink yaqona, have cig­a­rettes and prob­a­bly al­co­hol af­ter the oc­ca­sion.

The most im­por­tant of all is the food ca­ter­ing. This where most of the ex­penses are to be ex­pected the most. The host is al­ways highly ex­pected to have the best from other sim­i­lar oc­ca­sions and for peo­ple to see the fam­ily sta­tus. When ca­ter­ing food for such an oc­ca­sion, ex­pect the fol­low­ing: peo­ple de­mand­ing for ex­tras, pots to be filled to be taken home, food avail­able af­ter the grog ses­sion, peo­ple al­ways en­sur­ing that there is noth­ing left af­ter the day. It would prob­a­bly be dif­fer­ent in the is­lands, or if the fam­ily is a mem­ber of an­other re­li­gious de­nom­i­na­tion or if morgues or hos­pi­tal are a dis­tance away. These fu­ner­als are hap­pen­ing in the vil­lages around the ur­ban cen­tres. I would prob­a­bly say that is would be cheaper host­ing a fu­neral in an ur­ban cen­tre than in a vil­lage nowa­days.

In the ur­ban area, its the fu­neral day that we need to worry about. Peo­ple wouldn’t be around too long since they have other en­gage­ments to at­tend to and the re­guregu are mainly fi­nan­cial gifts. These are very use­ful to the fam­ily. I could be wrong, but this is my per­sonal view in re­gards to iTaukei fu­neral

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