Tui Namosi, Kai Colo

Tiri- Tiri Warrior and Canibal


Tiri-Tiri was a traditional Fijian warrior from the 19th century. He was born into the Tuvalu tribe which hailed from the pre-colonial state of Sigatoka region in Viti Levu, which is the main island in the archipelagic of the 300 islands that make up the Fiji Islands. He was a sea-warrior as well as a land warrior. In the 1800's, a neighboring village chief commented during a grog ceremony that Tiri-Tiri had a reputation for being a talented fighter who just happened to be a cannibal. He would eat his opponents as prey. Not only was he instrumental in spreading the political power of his tribe in the South Pacific, but fellow warriors confirmed that many enemy island nations feared that he would make land onto their soil and devour anyone who challenged him.

The Tuvalu tribesmen were traditionally known as the fighter tribe in the Fiji Islands. They came to be known as the "War fence of Fiji" which catapulted them to fame among the Fijian tribal chiefs. Everyone wanted to retain Tiri-Tiri as their primary bodyguard due to his cannibalistic ways. His other talents included fishing and hunting. His favorite meal, when not humans, was the wild boar pig which is indigenous to the region. He would spear the pig himself and perform a fire-walking ceremony to recognize himself before throwing the pig on the fire. Tiri-Tiri never married. The village chief's daughter, Lau Lau confirmed a well-known fact that she declined to marry Tiri-Tiri because no village elder would agree to offer her hand in marriage to a cannibal. He fought in his last battle in 1826 on the island of Deuba in the Fiji Islands. He was protecting his village from an invasion. He was clubbed to death by an Amazonian female warrior of equal reputation. She went down in infamy as the greatest female warrior to sail the seas of the South Pacific.