culture is very rich in traditional beliefs and many aspects of
life today are as they were a hundred years ago. Fijians live within
a strict hierarchical system with the village chiefs receiving the
respect of all.
Fijian chiefs are hereditary titles, mostly through the male lineage,
and the ranking of chiefs throughout the country is ordered into
a strict hierarchical system of mataqalis, vanuas and yavusas (clans
and sub clans).
This intense social makeup has caused a number of bitter disputes
in the past and is an underlying issue in modern day politics. If
you're not a chief you're referred to as a commoner and your powers
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