A i Cavuti : Chiefly Titles of Provinces & Districts in Fiji

Fijians belong to one of the 14 provinces (yasana) in Fiji that form part of three confederacies (matanitu) - Kubuna, Burebasaga, Tovata, which in prechristian times, were separate states (vanua) in themselves ruled by high chiefs. Each province is further divided into districts (tikina) which in turn comprise a number of villages. 
At the village level, further groupings occur at the Yavusa which comprise the largest social unit often from a common deified ancestor called "kalou vu". Next is the Mataqali which make up a group of families who become the custodian of a specific traditional role and task within the Yavusa. Land holding is organised within the Mataqali which in turn are made up of Tokatoka who are related families or Vuvale.
During formal presentations and ceremonies Fijians recite and refer to these traditional affiliations and references denoting their cultural roots and customary status. This is done by reference to the chiefly status at each level of Fijian traditional organisational structure beginning at the village level right to the confederacy or vanua level. In reciting the chiefly status, reference is made of the chiefly tribe and title.
When attending a Fijian ceremony or visiting a Fijian family or village, you will be expected to make a presentation where you will need to know the chiefly titles of those you’re visiting. Being able to refer to it will convey a good impression on your hosts and lead to a comfortable and respectful interaction. 
A i Cavuti is the term denoting the chiefly titles of provinces and districts in Fiji. Find out all about it in the ebook below!
To get your copyclick here!

Views: 1588


You need to be a member of Matavuvale Network to add comments!

Join Matavuvale Network

Comment by Moatunu on March 16, 2016 at 6:29pm

Excellent summation of the Kai Viti social structure Ratu!

ofa atu



The Kaunitoni Expedition Myth 1 Reply

Started by jokerr in News Discussions. Last reply by Apete Naitini Feb 9.

Britain Out Of European Union As Prophesied! 46 Replies

Started by Ulaya Racua Saidora in World Issues. Last reply by Ulaya Racua Saidora Jan 31.

Wake up!!

Started by Gaberielle Vaitah Starr Yael N in News Discussions Jan 25.


Started by NiteDrox in News Discussions. Last reply by Mike Dec 27, 2019.

Decision Making-Why Is It So Hard To Decide? 9 Replies

Started by anamaria in World Issues. Last reply by Ratu Jonetani Tavadroka Sep 2, 2019.

Veidigidigi e Viti e na yabaki 2018. 31 Replies

Started by viliame nabobo in World Issues. Last reply by Ratu Jonetani Tavadroka Feb 12, 2019.

Who Is This Beast Mentioned In Revelation 13:18? - 666! 252 Replies

Started by UDDY in Spirit and Self. Last reply by Ulaya Racua Saidora Jul 2, 2018.

Jesus Did Not Rise From The Dead On Sunday 150 Replies

Started by Ulaya Racua Saidora in News Discussions. Last reply by Ulaya Racua Saidora Jun 21, 2018.

© 2020   Created by Matavuvale Admins.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service