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The Arahurahu marae, Tahiti, French Polynesia, Oceania (check out this map).
Arahurahu is the only marae in all of Polynesia to have been fully restored, and is Tahiti’s best example of an ancient Polynesian temple and meeting place. During the July Heiva Nui celebrations Arahurahu is used for the reenactment of old Polynesian ceremonies. The stone pens near the entrance were once used to hold sacrificial pigs.
Here’s a useful segment from C. Lemoy’s 2011 publication Across the Pacific: From Ancient Asia to Precolombian America:
Ceremonial or religious centers (marae) were privileged places for the community and sacred sites that shared a common architectural model. Imposing structures were built by layering several plateaus, gradually forming a pyramid. The polynesians left vestiges on various islands, like the “Marae Arahurahu” or “Temple of Ashes” in Tahiti.
Its entry is guarded by demons, stone constructions or “Ahu”, and enigmatic statues or “Tikis”, anthropomorphic images of the creator or deified ancestor, having big eyes, thick lips and wide noses.
The ethnologist and Norwegian navigator Thor Heyerdahl highlighted astonishing similarities between Polynesian constructions and some dedicated to pre-Columbian gods.
Photos courtesy & taken by Pierre Lesage.
It’s that time of year again. As each year passes, the holiday season seems to start earlier with Christmas ads appearing before we even have time to put away our Halloween costumes. However your family celebrates this time of year, remember that Christmas never came in a box - it’s a time to remember what’s important in life and spend it with the ones you love.
No other artist has ever captured the sentiment of the holiday season like Norman Rockwell. Rockwell is America’s most beloved early 20th century illustrator. His connection to holiday-inspired art can be traced to his youth, when at the tender age of 15, a parishioner of his family’s church employed his talents for Christmas card designs.
As an adult, Rockwell would become as synonymous with the holidays as Santa Claus himself. He also became the most famous fixture at Hallmark, the greeting card company that continues to market his holiday illustrations. It’s also likely that Rockwell will retain his unsurpassed world record of creating more covers for a single magazine – he illustrated more than 300 covers for The Saturday Evening Post.
He captured life of early 20th century American society in such a unique way that his style his undeniable and easy to recognize. His art shows the wonder and joy of life during a simpler time in American culture, one not obsessed with youth and technology. His art joyfully depicts real people in recognizable situations, enjoying life and love together. Merry Christmas to you and yours from Curious History.
Learn all about his life and work at the Norman Rockwell Museum online.