Somosomo is a chiefly village in Taveuni, which is the island where
International Date Line
International Date Line crosses on land in Fiji. This island is
part of the
Cakaudrove Province and the holders of the title of Tui
Cakau, the Paramount Chief of the
Tovata Confederacy, are
historically and traditionally linked to this village.
The island was visited by the
US Exploring Expedition
US Exploring Expedition in 1840.
Famous persons from Somosomo
Fiji’s first President, Penaia Ganilau, was
Tui Cakau and therefore
a native of Somosomo.
Chief Komaibatiniwai was from the noble family of Somosomo.
Rugby league player
Semi Radradra hails from the village.
According to the myth, god who ruled over this village is Qurai.
There is a short discussion of traditional religion as practiced on
Somosomo in J. G. Frazer's famous work, The Golden Bough. Frazer
describes belief in a continuity of divine nature between humans an
deities, in which certain priests and chiefs were considered to be
^ "View of the house enclosing the grave of Rev. William Cross, and
the principal heathen temple, at Somosomo, Feejee". Wesleyan Juvenile
Offering. IV: 120. November 1847. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
^ Stanton, William (1975). The Great United States Exploring
Expedition. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 211.
Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau
^ Adrian Proszenko (25 June 2016). "
Semi Radradra wants to emulate
Sonny Bill Williams, says NRL star's former partner". Sydney Morning
Herald. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
^ Myths and legends of
Fiji and Rotuma
^ Fraser, Golden Bough, Macmillan 1894, p. 39.
Coordinates: 16°48′12″S 179°59′54″W / 16.803226°S
179.998455°W / -16.8