The Stones at Wasavulu, Labasa
'Anonymous' commented on an earlier post about Wasavulu, so here’s some more about this strange place not far from Labasa town.
In ‘Fiji in Colour’ from 1969, the author James Siers refers to the stones at Wasavulu, Labasa, in a coconut plantation near a bend in a river.
The Commissioner Northern at the time, Mr Parkes, restored the site and said that one monolith is 11 ft 2 inches high, one of a pair of similar stone on parallel walls 350 ft long. Several smaller stones stand nearby. This ceremonial site would have included a bure kalou (spirit house). Parkes said that one tradition handed down was that nine men and one woman brought the tall monolith from the other side of the mountains which divide Vanua Levu.
The story given to us by a Cikobia man who was caretaker at the time, on a day when we visited Wasavulu was that two princesses carried the stones over the mountains.
There are eleven similar sites in the Labasa area, but I have not heard of any other than Wasavulu.
Mr Parkes, who was also a trustee of the Fiji Museum, and his family are in the photo provided here.
Wasavulu and similar sites were used for investing ceremonies connected with spirits or gods, ceremonial games and the presentation of feasts. Similar sites in Viti Levu have been called naga and anthropologists have connected them with snake god worship in India.