Somosomo

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View of the house enclosing the grave of Rev. William Cross, and the principal heathen temple, at Somosomo, Feejee (IV, November 1847, p.120)[1]

Somosomo is a chiefly village in Taveuni, which is the island where the International Date Line crosses on land in Fiji. This island is part of the Cakaudrove Province and the holders of the title of Tui Cakau,[2] the Paramount Chief of the Tovata Confederacy, are historically and traditionally linked to this village.

Famous persons from Somosomo[edit]

Fiji’s first President, Penaia Ganilau, was Tui Cakau and therefore a native of Somosomo.[3]

Chief Komaibatiniwai was from the noble family of Somosomo.

Rugby league player Semi Radradra hails from the village.[4]

Mythology[edit]

According to the myth, god who ruled over this village is Qurai.[5] There is a short discussion of traditional religion as practiced on Somosomo in J. G. Frazer's famous work, The Golden Bough.[6] Frazer describes belief in a continuity of divine nature between humans an deities, in which certain priests and chiefs were considered to be "sacred persons."

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "View of the house enclosing the grave of Rev. William Cross, and the principal heathen temple, at Somosomo, Feejee". Wesleyan Juvenile Offering. IV: 120. November 1847. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Somosomo
  3. ^ Obituary: Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau
  4. ^ Adrian Proszenko (25 June 2016). "Semi Radradra wants to emulate Sonny Bill Williams, says NRL star's former partner". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Myths and legends of Fiji and Rotuma
  6. ^ Fraser, Golden Bough, Macmillan 1894, p. 39.

Coordinates: 16°48′12″S 179°59′54″W / 16.803226°S 179.998455°W / -16.803226; -179.998455