Ratu Joji’s body arrives home

The body of chief Ratu Joji Cakobau reaches Bau Island yesterday. Picture: TALEBULA KATE

THE body of chief Ratu Joji Cakobau was escorted to his island home for the final time this afternoon.

Accompanying and escorting the body of Ratu Joji to Bau Island was the vanua o Nacobua, Namata where Ratu Joji’s mother Adi Veniana Gavoka hails from.

Ratu Joji’s coffin will lay for the night at the vatanitawake — the sacred burekalou on the island — where the women will keep vigil as a sign of respect and mourning in the iTaukei custom.

The thanksgiving service will be held tomorrow at the Ratu Cakobau Church at 10am after which Ratu Joji will be finally laid to rest in the sautabu (chiefly burial grounds) on the island.

 

Below are pictures and a video from the island today:

 

 

 

Traditional warriors guard the entrance to Bau Island awaiting the arrival of the entourage escorting the body of Ratu Joji Cakobau to his island home this afternoon. Picture: TALEBULA KATE

 

Traditional warriors guard the entrance to the vatanitawake on Bau Island awaiting the arrival of the entourage escorting the body of Ratu Joji Cakobau to his island home this afternoon. Picture: TALEBULA KATE

 

Traditional warriors guard the entrance to Bau Island awaiting the arrival of the entourage escorting the body of Ratu Joji Cakobau to his island home this afternoon. Picture: TALEBULA KATE

 

Inside the vatanitawake on Bau Island where the body of Ratu Joji Cakobau will lie for the night before his burial at the island’s chiefly burial grounds. Picture: TALEBULA KATE