Man Who Died During Cyclone Winston Is Now Haunting Village In Fiji As A Ghost
THE mind makes many associations with the sights, sound and smell of memorable events, be they happy or sad. And this has been especially true for people in communities that bore the brunt of February’s Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston. At Nayavutoka in Ra, villagers claim they saw and even spoke to the ghost of a man who died at the village when Severe TC Winston struck. The late Pauliasi Naiova, 32, was physically challenged. He had a slight limp that caused his left leg to drag when he walked and his left hand would pull close to his body. He was born with the disability and was known for his inability to move as fast as his peers. He was being cared for by a cousin and his wife who lived just metres away from the beach. The night Severe TC Winston struck, tidal surges came in three successions, destroying homes and killing two people. Pauliasi was one of the two victims. Villagers only found his body the next day among the debris left by the tidal surges. He was buried the same day. “We couldn’t do much because the power was off and they couldn’t keep him at the mortuary so we decided to bury him,” said Osea Balesavu who, together with his wife, cared for Pauliasi.
“A few days after he was buried, something strange happened. “One night, the village dogs started barking and wouldn’t stop. “On the first night we didn’t really think much of it but on the second night, while I was lying asleep, I woke up as my body felt really heavy. “When I opened my eyes, Pauliasi was standing in front of me. “At first I thought I was dreaming because he looked so real and so alive. All of a sudden he spoke to me and every time he opened his mouth, just one word came out, kakana (food).” According to Mr Balesavu, Pauliasi loved to eat and never ever said no to food offered to him. “I was never afraid of him. I told him his time here was done, and that he needed to go. He kept saying kakana.” Mr Balesavu said he thought that was the end of it, however he was suspicious the following night when the dogs started barking again. “I came out and realised they were barking where my neighbour’s house used to be. “The next day when I went over there, I realised that the exact spot the dogs were barking at was his mattress, the one that he used to use. So just to test it, I picked up the mattress and left it behind where the house used to be. “Sure enough, that same night the dogs were barking again, but this time, they were barking behind the house, where the mattress was. “So I think maybe he thought he was still alive and was trying to sleep on that mattress.” This continued for a whole week, and according to villagers, a group of young men were asleep one night in a house that they were all camping in, when all of a sudden there were screams and everyone ran out. The young men all claimed to have seen Pauliasi limping around inside the house, uttering one word, kakana”. “They all got very frightened and ran out of the house and we had to tell them that everything was OK and that no harm would come to them,” said village headman Timoci Nabogibogi. “We just told them that they needed to pray and believe in God.” Mr Balesuva said the visitations from Pauliasi continued for about a week and every time it happened, he would tell him the same thing. “I told him, you’re dead. You don’t belong here anymore and you have to go.” Eventually he said it stopped but he still feels like Pauliasi was around, especially at dinner time. “No one deserves to die like Pauliasi did. “Everything happened so fast if not maybe I could have saved him. “I just hope he has found peace, I pray that he has.”
Source : Fiji Connect Lounge. 5/3/16