A human sacrifice at Tahiti

A human sacrifice at Tahiti

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A human sacrifice at Tahiti, Whole drawing Human sacrifice at the great morai at Attahouroo Utuaimahurau, Tahiti, witnessed by Captain Cook on 1 September 1777. A bound figure in the foreground, with men digging a hole for the body behind, and the whatta containing two dogs and three pigs sacrificed previously. On left, two drummers, and the chief priest with other priests around him.The ceremony was performed in the presence of Otoo Tu, with Captain Cook, another officer William Anderson, and Omai, all standing on the right Image taken from Drawings executed by John Webber during the Third Voyage of Captain Cook, 1777-1779. Originally published in 1777. Illustrated by John Webber.

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