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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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Eating utensil
Eating utensil

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Eating utensil
Eating utensil

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Double bowl for Yaqona
Priest's yaqona bowl

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Yaqona bowl
Yaqona bowl

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Ceremonial food platter made of wood
Platter

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Detail of ceremonial food platter
Platter (detail)

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