The tanoa is a four-legged wooden bowl carved from a single piece of wood. Large bowls are used to prepare the ritual drink of kava (yaqona), which is made from the dried roots of a pepper tree.
Tanoas have a triangular lug (mata) with a hole through which woven coconut fibre cord (magimagi) is attached, allowing the bowl to be hung up while not in use. For ceremonial purposes, the cord is decorated with white cowrie shells (buli leka) and is laid out along the ground toward the guest of honour.
The ritual of drinking yaqona still remains one of the most significant ceremonies performed in indigenous Fijian society.
Care & Handling:
The PLAIN WOOD TANOA can be used for mixing kava or any similar purpose. Prior to use, the tanoa should be fully immersed in water for a week and then thoroughly dried. During immersion, water should be changed daily until it becomes clear. This helps to clean the tanoa and prevent the wood from cracking.
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