13 Jul 2004

Fiji villagers give up witchcraft after century of Christianity

10:17 am on 13 July 2004

A group of villagers in the interior of Fiji are giving up the worship of ancestral gods and the practice of witchcraft more than 120 years after the people in the area converted to Christianity.

The Fiji Times reports that members of the district of Navosa have conducted a spiritual cleansing exercise by removing all artefacts used for heathen gods, and giving them to the Methodist Church.

The newspaper says the exercise was prompted by the fear of being cursed.

It quotes the Navosa chief, Ratu Qoro Naocotabua, as saying heathen worship had a lot of support in the village.

But, now he hopes the actions of his people would change their fortunes because they have been suffering for generations.