The Rain Serpent (II)
Modernization brought another cause of misery for the iTaukei. With the demise of the traditional communal living concept of the ‘isolesolevaki’, individuality saw the rise of a different breed of the iTaukei, one bent over capitalizing over the other.
The colonial powers, in their wisdom or lack of therein, decided to educate and elevate only certain iTaukeis while the majority languished behind business and commerce.
This gave way to the iTaukei being exploited by their own kinsfolk. Communally owned land leased without the consent of the rest of the mataqali, to the distribution of iTaukei scholarships on a whom you know basis instead of on merit.
The (rain serpent) makes its way to the iTaukei way of life.
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