• Tongan king crowned in traditional ceremony

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    NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga: Tupou VI was formally crowned King of Tonga on Saturday before thousands of people including heads of state and dignitaries from around the world. Because it is taboo for Tongans to touch their king’s head, a retired Australian minister was flown in to perform the televised crowning. The new king also becomes the 24th Tu’i Kanokupolu, an ancient Tongan title that pre-dates the monarchy by centuries. Celebrations and ancient rituals leading up to the coronation began last Saturday with a Taumafa Kava, a traditional ceremony in which Tupou VI drank the mildly narcotic kava drink to confirm his title as king of Tonga.

    AFP

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