Everything and Its Opposite: Kava Drinking in Fiji

  title={Everything and Its Opposite: Kava Drinking in Fiji},
  author={Matthew Tomlinson},
  journal={Anthropological Quarterly},
  pages={1065 - 1081}
  • Matthew Tomlinson
  • Published 20 December 2007
  • Political Science
  • Anthropological Quarterly
Kava is a supersaturating sign in indigenous Fijian public life. Called yaqona in Fijian, kava is both a shrub (Piper methysticum) and the drink made from it. The plant is not especially impressive to look at: it has none of the slender grace of a tall coconut palm, none of the rude heft of yams or taro. It is a medium-sized shrub with knobby stems and stringy, dusty brown roots. What makes it impressive is the semiotic range of its social embeddings. Put simply, kava means radically different… 
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