John, who works here, then made for us a kava ceremony. He put the kava into a silk sock, ran water through it and squeezed many times. The water was a milky grey color. He placed the tincture into a large ceremonial kava bowl. On the bowl, there is a triangle shaped point which is always directed toward the chief. If anyone crossed the imaginary line in the olden days, they became "soup of the day".
The ceremony begins with the cup bearer saying some words and motioning around the bowl. First the chief drinks, then it goes around the circle. When it's someone's time to drink, everyone claps three times, they sip it down, then clap 3 times again when their finished and say maca (MA tha), which means finished. Everyone (except the chief) drinks from the same cup to symbolize equality.
It looks and tastes like dirty dish water. Pretty gross actually but it was cool to experience the culture.
I slept very well that night. There seems to be much wisdom here on Fiji. When I asked John about some of the Fijian customs that are unfamiliar to us, he says with a knowing, almost sarcastic smile, "we are backwards here".
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