Tiki and marae at Arahurahu near Paea, Tahiti
Tikis guard the entrance to this reconstructed Tahitian marae. These stone structures were of social and religious significance to the native people and new ones were built as people expanded their authority or their land holdings. Only a few remain due to cultural changes since the European contact. This marae has been reconstructed as much as possible like the original, using stones in the original marae which was much farther up the valley. Many hold these places sacred to this day.
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