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Manuscript XXXIII: Threlkeld's Account of the Maro 'Ura of Opoa, Raiatea

Gunson, Niel


King Tamatoa III, paramount chief of Raiatea, in what became known as the Society Islands, wore a sacred red feather girdle or maro ‘ura on special occasions. Reproduced here is an account of the girdle by the missionary Lancelot Threlkeld, recalling the year 1821 when Tamatoa showed him the girdle and stated his intention of presenting it to the London Missionary Society. Threlkeld highlighted the human sacrifices made in the course of the maro's manufacture and the paranormal powers...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Pacific History
DOI: 10.1080/00223344.2017.1413617


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