Tanoa - Yaqona Cup

Tanoa - Coppa per yaqona

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Wood and vegetable fibre


C.D.A.1451, Legato Cap.E.A. D'Albertis, 1932


Second half of 19th century

Yaqona (known as kava in other areas of Oceania) is a beverage with psychotropic properties derived from the roots of a plant in the piperaceous family (Piper methysticum). In the Tanoa is prepared an infusion in cold water with fresh or dried roots, previously pounded or chewed, which is then distributed to the participants in the ceremony. The use of yaqona in Fiji continues to have a social and ritual value, although it is common to find a preparation made for tourists.