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Transcript of Tahiti
Tahiti is the highest and largest island in French Polynesia. The island is 28 mi across at its widest point and 2,241 mi at its highest peak.
It is the economic, cultural, and political center of French Polynesia.
Population of 183,645 inhabitants
Tahiti was formed from volcanic activity and is high and mountainous with surrounding coral reefs. The island is highly populated along the shores, with the interior left uninhabited
Stone and wood artifacts have been found on Tahiti but the main archaeological relics are the marae, the sacred sites. They consist of a rectangular yard of basaltic rocks and coral slabs with an altar of vertical stones inside, surrounded by a low wall of piled rocks. This is where sacrifices were made, including human sacrifices.
The Tahitian people came from west Polynesia. The origin myth is that the god Ta'aroa, the sea god, was the god responsible for creating the world.
The Tahiti language, Tahitian, is an indigenous language spoken mainly in the French Polynesia Society islands. It is an Eastern Polynesian language closely related to other indigenous language spoken in French Polynesia.
In Tahiti, 'Oro was the main deity and the god of war. Four other main gods were venerated on the society islands: Ta'aroa- god of the sea and fishing, Tane- god of war, and Ro'o-god of agricultural products and the weather.
One artifact that is an indicator of the Tahitian society is a sacred god figure wrapping for the god 'Oro, made of woven dried coconut fibre, which would have protected a Polynesian god effigy, made of wood. The mana of the god was symbolized by feathers, usually red in color, which were attached to the surface of the woven coverings.
Legend of the god Oro: Oro, who lived with his sisters, asked his sisters for help with finding a suitable wife. He descended to earth on a rainbow, disguised as a warrior to search for his bride. Oro's sisters arrived on the island of Bora Bora where they spotted Vairaumati, a beautiful young woman bathing in a pool of water. The sisters told Oro of their encounter, and Oro made Vairaumati his wife. Every morning Oro would descend to earth on a rainbow to meet Vairaumati and then leave again in the evening. They continued this every day until Vairaumati gave birth to a son, because the son would become a powerful chieftain, Oro made Vairaumati into a goddess.
Hawaii gets more visitors in 10 days than Tahiti does in an entire year
Over half of the population is under the age of 20 years old
The traditional method of "Stone fishing" is still performed for special festivals
In ancient Tahiti, archery was a sacred sport, practiced only by people of high rank. And while they were expert marksmen, bows and arrows were never used as weapons.
Tahiti is known for its lush tropical vegetation and ideal climate. It is the largest and most popular island in French Polynesia. It has a great variety of foods.
Class structure is most evident in the display of imported goods such as automobiles and clothing. There is residential segregation of social class in the urban areas of Tahiti, with oceanfront and ridge tops dominated by the upper-class, the flat littoral plain by middle-class households, and the interior valleys by lower-class households
The Rainbow symbol is recurrent in Polynesian mythology
The Rainbow is also a symbol in Hawaiian Mythology- In Hawaii the god Lono also descended to earth on a rainbow.