French Polynesia June 2000

Here you can see a Murae on the lagoon at Huahine. Their specific purpose is unknown, but the theory is that they were built for social and political purposes, like the kivas constructed by the Anasasi in the SouthWest U.S. Many of the murraes bear these headstones which resemble the ones on Easter Island and at Stonehenge, but on a smaller scale.

In the foreground is an outrigger canoe which has been the means for getting around the islands for hundreds of years. Rigged with some sort of sail, these craft traveled hundreds, even thousands of miles at sea to find these islands. Could there be a connection between the Muraes and sailing via outrigger canoe?


 

Huahine

Huahine

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