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View the PDF document Re-assessing gender roles : a study of indigenous Fijian women's roles in funerals
Author:Tarabe, Akanisi Sobusobu
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Award: M.A.
Subject: Sex role -- Fiji, Women -- Fiji -- Social conditions, Fiji -- Social life and customs
Date: 2015
Call No.: pac HQ 1075 .5 .F5 T37 2015
BRN: 1204099
Copyright:10-20% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to critique Ravuvu’s work on iTaukei social life by showing that women have a significant role to play in iTaukei ritual. As Annette Weiner reviewed Malinowski’s work in the Trobriand Islands, I point out that women’s wealth is a significant element in mourning for the deceased that consequently affect men’s attempts to achieve the life goal of sautu. Using an ethnographic approach, I focus my study on Cu‘u women and discuss their roles in the ‘house of death’. I argue that both the mat and the ‘house of death’ equal a woman’s body that nurtures the physical and spiritual bodies. Ultimately, it is clear that Ravuvu had examined only half of iTaukei society.
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