The Straight Path: A Story of Healing and Transformation in Fiji

The Straight Path: A Story of Healing and Transformation in Fiji

The Straight Path: A Story of Healing and Transformation in Fiji

The Straight Path: A Story of Healing and Transformation in Fiji

Synopsis

Anthropologist/clincial psychologist Katz spent two years on a remote Fijian island in his search for the moral, psychological, and spiritual wisdom known as the Straight Path, an ancient healing tradition with tremendous relevance for health and psychology in the West. Photos.

Excerpt

Ratu Maibula is the old God, the Mighty One. Below him, like his angels, are the Vu [the ancestral gods]. Ratu Maibula and the Vu live on a mountain in the province of Ra, God's place. Ratu Maibula has authority over all things. He is God of Gods, King of Kings, Lord of Lords. He is the most supreme.

Ratu Maibula cannot be seen by anyone, only heard. Once he was married, but his wife could not see him; she could only hear what he said. He did not live with his wife — yet his wife got pregnant. Together they had two children. Ratu Maibula also planted a banana tree. He allowed no one to eat the bananas until the first fruits were offered to him, as a sign of respect. After that offering was made, people could eat the bananas.

One day Ratu Maibula's wife saw some ripe bananas. She felt Ratu Maibula would not be angry if she gave her children bananas to eat because he was their father. So she plucked the bananas and gave them to the children, who then ate them.

When Ratu Maibula heard of this, he became furious. He called for his companion, his helper who lived with him on the mountain. "Go kill my wife and my children," he . . .

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