Tuesday, 14 June 2011

The final tribal war of 'Verata' for 'Cakobau'.

King of Fiji Title.
Ratu Vueti and his tribe, according to legend was the fourth generation from Ratu Lutunasobasoba of ‘Nakauvadra’ who settled in Verata, Tailevu and claimed paramount ruler, chief and warrior of Fiji.
 
The warriors of Ratu Vueti were protected by a plant (Leba) that grew at the gates of their settlement and would flower to warn at every enemy attack. They were considered paramount in the land being the eldest lineage of ‘Ratu Lutunasobasoba’ and claimed authority and power in Fiji.  
 
In a plot to eliminate Verata’s supremacy, ‘Cakobau’ sent some messengers to the mountains to 'Vutikalulu' and the legendary warriors of the ‘Naloto’ tribe seeking support for his quest for power and rulership over Fiji. The messengers took with them Whale’s tooth or ‘Tabua’ that is traditionally used for special requests to a Chief.  As they swam along the coast of ‘Verata’ towards the mountains, the warriors of ‘Verata’ shouted to these messengers to identify themselves and asked where they were going. The messengers shouted back saying they were just collecting beach-de-mer or ‘Dri’.
 
The warriors of ‘Naloto’ were later known as ‘Dritabua’ meaning ‘Dri’ as Beach-de-mer and ‘Tabua’ as whales tooth to signify this event at sea. The Rugby Club and Dairy Cooperative Farm of ‘Naloto’ today is also called ‘Dritabua’.
 
The warriors of ‘Naloto’ and their allies accepted war over Ratu Vueti’s warriors defeating them and burning their village to ashes thus giving the ‘Vunivalu’ or Ratu Cakobau claim of the ‘Tui Viti’ or King of Fiji title. It was said that the flower or ‘Seni-leba’ failed to warn the ‘Verata’ warriors this time due to the spiritual powers of the ‘Rara’ priest of ‘Naloto’ and their method of attack. 'Vutikalulu' and his army approached the 'Ratu' of Verata's village at 'Ucunivanua' from the sea in the middle of the night, slaughtered, and torched their heathen god temples.
 
The Tui Viti title traces its origin back to Bau and first came into prominence in the late 1840’s when it was used by Ratu Tanoa Visawaqa ( - 1852), Vunivalu of Bau and father of Ratu Seru Cakobau. It is recorded that he personally came to use the title in recognition of his political influence over other chiefly states, for instance in Rewa where he was "Vasu-Levu" (high ranking matrilineal descent), Naitasiri, Cakaudrove and Lau where he had forged strong alliances and in Macuata where he was able to effectively intervene in the feuds of the ruling family to establish Ritova as Tui Macuata and as such gaining an ally. As the title was never a traditional one and as Bauan influence did not extend to the whole of Fiji, Ratu Tanoa Visawaqa’s claim to it is often viewed by historians as self proclaimed, driven by astute ambition which would to a certain degree work to the advantage of his successor, his son Ratu Seru Cakobau
Today the people of ‘Naloto’ have become the ‘Bati Leka’ or ‘Warriors’ of the ‘Vunivalu’ or Chief of ‘Bau’ island.

6 comments:

  1. Sa bau totoka na vakamuria toka mai nai tukutuku va qo. E veivakauqeti dina. E koto kina e levu na veika e keimami sega tu ni kila, sa cilavi rawa kina na vakasama ka vakabibi o keimami na se gone ena i tukutuku va qo. Vinaka vakalevu.

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  2. Me kua ni veivakacalai eso na itukutuku buli ka lasutaki va'qo ka ni a sega ni dua na ivalu ea yaco me vakamalumalumutaki kina na matanitu nei Koya Na Ratu mai Verata. Qo na qito duka vakapolitiki ka a bubuluitaki vakailasu ena Veitarogivanua ni 21/4/1915 ka a soli tukutuku kina ko Savenaca Seniloli ni a tarogi koya kina ko Ratu Penioni Ravoka na Ratu mai Verata ka qai sega ni dua kina nona ivakamacala matata. Ea sega ga ni dua na ivalu me qaqa kina o Bau vei Verata. Sa qai mai buli eso na itukutuku lasu ka vakadeitaka ko Ratu Sukuna me'ra vola na kai Peritania me cecere kina o Bau ka laki buli vou kina e tolu na matanitu vou o Kubuna, Burebasaga kei Tovata. O Banuve e sega ni luvei Nadurucoko, e luvei Niumataiwalu kei Adi Davila na marama ni Nairai, ena yavusa Vuanirewa mai Lakeba mai Lau.

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    1. Ke rawa beka ni dua e vakadeitaka mai na dina ni tukutuku oqo. Meda rogoca beka na yasana ruarua me qai rawa ni da digitaka na yasana cava edua dua vata kina.

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  4. O Lutunasobasoba e sega ni turaga kei Viti. E sega takega ni yaco sara i Nakauvadra, e a mate koso i gaunisala o koya, ni ra se kauti koya tiko i Nakauvadra. Sa tawa rawa tiko o Nakauvadra qai kele mai o Vuda. Ke cala ya, ia na cava na vuna e ratou laki tara koro ni i valu kina i baba? Ka sega ni ra tiko ga i batini wai?

    Mai Nakauvadra, e na gauna rau sa taraviria nodrau bai na ciri, sa sega ni dua e curu rawa i nodrau bai. Rau sa tukuna me rau sa lewa i rau ga vakairau. Na kena matamata e vaka e rua na i tekiteki ni liga e basika tu bai qele me sogota tu na sala. Sa ra bose na vo ni qase se o cei e rawa ni vorati rau na ciri... sa qai bole e dua na cauravou gone, na yacana o Vueti. Qo na nodratou qase mai Bau. Ni sa lako yani o koya i na bai, sa qai lai wawa tiko, e vaka na i sele e yavala tu i keya. Sa qai wawa tiko o koya, ka vakaraica tiko... vakasauri ga qai lade cake yani ka taya na matamata e vaka toka na i duriduri ni liga (elbow). Ni kamusu na matamata ya, qai vana mai kina wai, tavana tiko mai me yacova ni luvu ka savata laivi na nodrau koro na ciri. Sa qai tukuni me sa i liuliu o Vueti. Au rogoca na i talanoa qo mai vua e dua na qase ni Bucalevu, Nakorotubu. Au qai tarogi koya, "Kenabalebale ni sa via donu tiko o Bau?" "Sa donu tiko." Ia vei au, qori e dua ga na i talanoa. Ke vakatautaki kina e dua na ka se sega, au sega ni kila. Me baleti Lutunasobasoba ni sega ni yaco i Nakauvadra, O ratou na Fiji TV e ratou a cakava e dua na porokaramu na Weni-yava. Au sega ni muria sara vaka vinaka... ia au rogoca ni ratou yaco yani i na colo kei Ba, e qai tukuni mai vei ratou, "O cei o Lutunasobasoba? E sega ni takoso i ke o koya." Ia, me baleti Ritova, kei Macuata, o Ritova e gone vasu ga, ka gone dina ga ni Cakaudrove. Ia ni sa qase ko Tui Macuata, ka sa sega tiko na kena i sosomi, sa qai kau na i tukutuku vua na Tui Labasa me sa lesu me laki liutaka na vanua. Ni yaco yani i Labasa na i tukutuku, o koya e se lako tale tu i na dua na yanuyanu me laki vakacegu tu kina. Sa qai talatala lesu o koya, ka tukuna ni sa rauti koya ga o Labasa, me sa tukuni ga vei Ritova me sa liutaka na Vanua. Qo au rogoca mai vua e dua na turaga i lomani vale i Macuata. Au a talanoataka na ka au kila, e so na ka e sega ni'u vola i ke, kau taroga vei dua na turaga ni Naweni ka qase i vale i Cakaudrove, kau tarogi koya, "Cava o nanuma? E dina ya tau?" Kaya o koya, "E na rawa ga ni dua saraga na gone i lomani vale i Macuata e tukuna vei iko na i talanoa qori. O koya e tukuna vei iko qori e kila vinaka sara tiko ga na ka e tukuna tiko." Ia, qori e dua ga na ka e tukuni vei au. Au sega ni kila na ka e baleti Bau kei Macuata.

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  5. Lutunasobasoba na veiwekani e tu kina e roboti VITI. Okoya oira era a liu mai Viti

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