Ritual accorded to Tongan royalty observed at Adi Ateca’s funeral
TAVEUNI, Fiji – November 28. 2018: 9pm (Fiji Times): MEMBERS of the Vuanirewa clan observed a Tongan ritual at the funeral of the late Adi Ateca Moceiwaqa Ganilau during her funeral at the sacred burial grounds of Vuniduva in Somosomo, Taveuni today.
The practise which is accorded to the nobles and royalty of Tonga is known as ‘biri’ whereby women hold huge bails of Tongan tapa around the burial area until the final burial rites has been observed.
Tongan tapas believed to have been sent in particularly for the burial from Tonga were held up by women of the Vuanirewa clan as man of the ‘Ai Sokula’ performed the final burial rites to the late Adi Ateca.
ADI Ateca Moceiwaqa Mara Ganilau, a noble lady from one of Fiji’s chiefly dynasty was finally laid to rest at the chiefly burial grounds at Somosomo in Taveuni.
Adi Ateca is the eldest daughter of the late Turaga na Tui Nayau, Tui Lau Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara and the late Gone Marama Bale na Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Lady Lala Mara.
She passed away on Friday, November 16, 2018 at the CWM hospital in Suva at the age of 66.
She is survived by her husband, Ratu Epeli Ganilau who hails from the chiefly household of Vuniduva, Aisokula, Lalagavesi in Taveuni, four children and eight grandchildren.
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