The history and transformation of fiji

Fiji : History

In the nineteenth century, epidemic diseases decimated the indigenous population, and the arrival of South Asian workers beginning in caused Fijians to become temporarily a minority in the islands from the late s to the late s.

Litia Tikoibua is one of the villagers who saw the fire. Disputes ensued over land and political power within and between European and Fijian communities, and problems arose with labourers introduced from other Pacific islands.

Both sacred and secular music are popular in Fiji. As a result several aggressive, racially motivated opposition groups, such as the British Subjects Mutual Protection Society, sprouted up.

Chiefs had to be addressed in a special "high language. Indigenous Fijians have their own dialects and you can tell where one comes from, from their dialect. Visitors will find Christian churches, mosques, and Sikh and Hindu temples throughout the country. Indo-Fijians in rural areas live mostly in scattered homesteads rather than in villages.

It also fulfills a ceremonial function on state occasions.

In the next forty years, sixty thousand Indians were shipped to the islands, becoming a class of exploited plantation workers who lived in a world of violence, cut off from their cultural roots.

Fifty-one percent of the population is Fijian, and 44 percent is Indo-Fijian. One was travel at their own expense and the other free of charge but subject to certain conditions. This body remained in existence until being suspended by the Military -backed interim government in and only abolished in Other non-ethnic Fijians and expatriates also have some input in these sectors, but ethnic Fijians are minimally involved, either as owners or entrepreneurs.

Gordon also constructed a military fortress, Fort Canarvon, at the headwaters of the Sigatoka River where a large contingent of soldiers were based to maintain British control. Those included a lack of immunity for participants in past military coups and human rights abuses.

Christianity was brought to the islands in the s primarily by Methodist missionaries. Although they were offered passages back in to India after their term, most preferred to stay. The governor-general declared a state of emergency and assumed control of the government.

The coalition was successful in elections held in April. This was despite the British having a very extensive knowledge of the devastating effect of infectious disease on an unexposed population. The land tenure system dictates not only who can work a plot of land but which crops can be cultivated and what kind of settlement pattern can be established.

Fiji Culture, Religion and the Fijian Language

The policies of the first governor, Sir Arthur Gordonwere decisive in shaping the history of Fiji. The newly elected Tory British government under Benjamin Disraeli encouraged expansion of the empire and was therefore much more sympathetic to annexing Fiji than it had been previously.

Before European contact, Fijian social organization featured as it still does patrilineal clans, subclans, and lineages, and by the nineteenth century there were forty chiefdoms, twelve of which dominated the political scene. Today, Protestant ministers, Catholic priests, and lay preachers are the dominant religious leaders of the Fijians.

The pre-Christian religion of the Fijians was both animistic and polytheistic, and included a cult of chiefly ancestors. Social Problems and Control.

History of Fiji

Footwear is removed before one enters a house. They have increased in frequency and severity as a result of migration to urban centers, where work is hard to find and traditional social restraints are frequently absent, and due to the inability of the economy to provide an adequate standard of living.

Cakobau, following on from his father, became so dominant that he was able to expel the Europeans from Levuka for five years over a dispute about their giving of weapons to his local enemies. This group of around armed vigilantes, including veterans of the US Civil Warhad a battle with the Kai Colo near the village of Cubu in which both sides had to withdraw.

The new government, which had a majority of Indian members in the legislature, was greeted with widespread Fijian protest. History History Archaeological evidence suggests that Fiji has been inhabited, initially by Melanesian peoples, for more than 3, years.

Gordon was immediately faced with an insurgency of the Qalimari and Kai Colo people.Transformation Sweeping Across Fiji The most pervasive and intentional transformation of communities today is occurring in the nation of Fiji where over Fiji's first Governor under British rule was Sir Arthur Gordon.

Sir Arthur's policies were to set the stage for much of the Fiji that exists today. In an effort to preserve the people and culture of Fiji, Sir Arthur. They have a good oral history and nothing is ‘swept under the carpet.’ Spiritual warfare is an integral part of their preparation for the transformation of the village.

When we ask “Why Fiji?” we must examine "Why not?" in our own communities. Fiji Culture, Religion and the Fijian Language Fijian Culture.

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The Fijians are pretty easy-going, but if you are invited into a village, wear modest clothing and take off your hat (wearing one is an insult to the chief) when in the village.

Fiji has been inhabited since the second millennium BC and was settled first by Austronesians and later by Melanesians, with some Polynesian influences.

Europeans visited Fiji from the 17th century, and, after a brief period as an independent kingdom, the British established the Colony of Fiji in Vitian history. Shaped over 35 centuries, Fiji's precolonial history is a complex blend of influences by Polynesian, Melanesian and, to a lesser extent, Micronesian peoples who came and either left or stayed.

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