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Marae, Moorea: 8 reviews and 14 photos

by Helga67

Marae are ancient stone or coral pyramid-shaped constructions with seral stages, on which sacrifies sometimes occurred. The oldest marae in Moorea is the Afareaitu Marae, dating back to 900. You can easily visit the marae on the road to the Belvedere view point.
Unfortunately, since the Protestants and Catholic missionaries came in the 19th century and converted the islanders, a lot of the marae were destroyed because they were considered heathen.
Nowadays, you can only see a couple of stones and without a good explanation of a guide it doesn't seem to be interesting to visit.

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  • Written Jun 28, 2004
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