Kava Ceremony

The customary welcome Yagoona (Kava) Ceremony is an important aspect of visiting a Fijian Village. A Fijian Warrior will escort you to the village meeting house (Bure). It is customary to present a gift of Yaqona (Kava root) to the executive head of the village. The ceremony then takes place with war dance performances and women folk dances. The Kava then is presented which is a narcotic drink made from mixing the powdered root of the pepper plant with water. When I consumed the Kava it gave me a numb feeling all around my mouth, lips, and tongue. Also gave a feeling of relaxation. Definitely a great cultural experience.

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