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TOPIC: Ritual and Religion

Priests conducted a number of rituals in the spirit houses, and elsewhere, necessary for the well-being of the community whose health was also expressed in dance and games.

Sacred vesi wood was used for the manufacture of many ceremonial objects, particularly kava or yaqona bowls, handles of fly whisks, so-called cannibal forks, priests' oil dishes, head rests, and burau dishes used by priests for drinking kava in the old way. Sinnet, the fibre from coconut husks, was also used to make fly whisks and miniature spirit houses.

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A Yaqona bowl
Yaqona bowl

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A Yaqona bowl
Yaqona bowl

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Detail of an Ancestor figure
Ancestor image (detail)

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Ancestor figure
Ancestor image

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Yaqona bowl
Yaqona bowl

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Yaqona bowl
Yaqona bowl (detail)

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Priest's oil dish
Priest's oil dish

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Priest's oil dish
Priest's oil dish (detail)

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