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Ratu Banuve Baleivavalagi, 2nd Vunivalu of Bau[1, 2, 3]

Male - 1803

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  • Name Banuve Baleivavalagi 
    Prefix Ratu 
    Suffix 2nd Vunivalu of Bau 
    Gender Male 
    Acceded 1770 
    • 3rd Vunivalu of Bau 1770/1803
    Died Feb 1803 
    Cause: Baleivavalagi - (Died from ann European disease) 
    • Ratu «b»Banuve Baleivavalagi«/b», 3rd Vunivalu of Bau 1770/1803, married four wives, 1stly, Adi Davila, «i»sp«/i», married 2ndly, Roko Lewasaki (Rewa), married 3rdly, Adi Miriami Dabuli, married 4thly, Litia from Lakeba, and had issue. He died February 1803.
    • (Research):

      PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The Turaga na Vunivalu ni Bau is the Paramount Chief of the Kubuna Confederacy, which belongs to the Tui Kaba clan based on Bau Island, and is generally considered to be the highest chiefly title in Fiji. The succession to the title does not follow primogeniture, but the candidate must be a high ranking member of the Tui Kaba clan. The Vunivalu when installed, also takes the title of Tui Levuka, as he is the traditional leader of the Levuka people of Lakeba, Lau. The wife of the Vunivalu is titled Radini Levuka.

      The Fijians: A Study of the Decay of Custom
      Chapter III - the age of history
      Page 26
      Author: Basil Thomson
      Publication details: Dawsons of Pall Mall, 1968, London

      In 1802, or 1803, a vessel was wrecked on the Mbukatatanoa Reef, subsequently named Argo, from a vessel of that name which was cast away upon it. A number of Europeans wearing red caps over their ears and smoking pipes were rescued by the natives of Oneata, and gunpowder seems to have come into the hands of the natives, who used the powder for blackening their faces and hair, and the ramrods of the muskets as «i»monke«/i» (hair ornaments). The tradition says that some of the white men were killed and some taken to Lakemba by the Levuka tribe, the same that had been expelled from Mbau, who happened to be at Oneata at the time. We do not know what became of these survivors. Perhaps they were slain as a propitiatory sacrifice to the god of pestilence, for from the traditions of Mbau we learn that Mbanuve, the son of Nduru-thoko (Nailatikau), the Vunivalu of the Mbau, died of a new disease introduced by a foreign vessel, and was surnamed Mbale-i-vavalangi (He who died of a foreign disease) in accordance with the custom of calling dead chiefs after the place where they were slain, as Mbale-i-kasavu (He who fell at Kasavu, etc.). On his death the Levuka people came from Lakemba to instal his successor, Na-uli-vou (New steer-oar), and they brought with them a canvas tent, which was the first article of European manufacture which the Mbau people had seen. We may fix this date with some confidence. On the day of the installation there was a total eclipse of the sun, the heavens were like blood, the stars came out, and the birds went to roost at mid-day. While the dysentery was sweeping through the islands the people were startled by the appearance of a great hairy star with three tails. Now, the only total eclipse of the sun visible in Fiji about this period was that which occurred at 9.20 a.m. on February 21, 1803. The total phase lasted 42 minutes, or within one minute of the longest possible total phase. The comet is not so easy to identify. It may have been Encke's comet of November 21, 1805, or the famous comet of 1807.

      One of them, having thus smeared his head, stooped to the fire to dry it; the powder flared up, and he leapt forth into the «i»rara«/i» singed bare to the scalp.

      The native poems of the time refer also to a hailstorm, which destroyed the plantations, a hurricane which caused a tidal wave and a great flood, and raised the alluvial flats of the Rewa delta several feet, a tradition which has support in the fact that a network of mangrove roots underlies the soil at a depth of four or five feet. The hurricane is said to have carried the pestilence away with it.
    • (Medical):Baleivavalagi Literally: "Fell from white man (or European)", but more correctly translated "died from a disease brought by a white man". or "He who died of a foreign disease"
    Person ID I1901  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 21 Feb 2015 

    Father Ratu Niumataiwalu, 1st Roko Sau,   d. Ono-i-Lau, Fiji, Pacific Islands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Radini Levuka,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    _STAT Associated with 
    Family ID F551619293  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Adi Davila,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2015 
    Family ID F551619277  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Roko Lewasaki, of Rewa,   d. Yes, date unknown 
     1. Ratu Naulivou Ramatenikutu, 3rd Vunivalu of Bau,   d. 1829
     2. Adi Davila,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Ratu Tanoa Visawaqa, Vunivalu of Bau,   b. Abt 1791, Bau, Tailevu, Fiji, Pacific Islands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1852, Bau, Tailevu, Fiji, Pacific Islands Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years)
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2015 
    Family ID F487  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Adi Miriami Dabuli,   d. Yes, date unknown 
     1. Ratu Caucau,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Ratu Ramudra,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2015 
    Family ID F551619278  Group Sheet

    Family 4 Litia, of Lakeba,   d. Yes, date unknown 
     1. Ratu Vuibureta,   d. 8 Jun 1859
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2015 
    Family ID F551619279  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S284] Verbal records: Supplied by Adi Divono, Roko Tui Waimaro, (Adi Fulori's Ancestry: From Oral History recited to me by Roko Tui Waimaro, Adi Pataresia Vonokula (Adi Divono) and taken down by hand by me at her home in Nabukaluka, Waimoro, Fiji 1983).

    2. [S1742] Henry Soszynski, World of Royalty Website, 1996-2012, Vunivalu page., Soszynsk, Henry, (, ) (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S1750] "Fiji and the Fijians", Vol. I., The Islands and Their Inhabitants., by Thomas Williams, Thomas Williams, (Londin: William Nichols, 82, London Wall., 1858.), Vol. I: page 19. (Reliability: 3).