Photographer Jocelyn Carlin

Pacific News - Tonga2

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The takipo lasts for 10 nights following the death of King Taufa'ahau Tupou 1V, fires are lit along the streets all around the palace. Families gather and children stoke small bonfires that (metaphorically) light the pathway of the king to the resting place of his forebears. Prayer and singing occurs within the Palace grounds until midnight. On the final night the takipo goes through until the King is buried the next day.
Other Galleries in this exhibition
Pacific Kiribati 09 | Environmental Stories from the Pacific Region | Pacific News -Tonga | Pacific News - Tonga2 | Another War Story | Tuvalu | Legacy Tuvalu - The Footprint on Funafuti | American Samoa and Samoa | Solomon Islands | Nauru/Kiribati/Fiji