Polynesian ritual for the dead

Polynesian ritual for the dead

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Caption: Polynesian culture. View of a house of the dead in Otaheite (Tahiti). The dead are laid out underneath this house, known as a tupapow, in a ceremony conducted by a village elder seen here toward the left. This plate was published in An account of the voyages undertaken by the order of His present Majesty : for making discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere, by John Hawkesworth, printed at London in 1773.

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