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

Gunson, Niel

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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]

dc.contributor.authorGunson, Niel
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-26T04:16:06Z
dc.identifier.issn0022-3344
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/186689
dc.description.abstractKing 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 attributed to the maro. Because maro ‘ura belonged to competing chiefly lineages, the discussion below leads to the question of whether there were two maro ‘ura held by the competing lineages on Tahiti, only one of which was the so-called Wallis maro ‘ura.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCarfax Publishing, Taylor & Francis Group
dc.rights© 2017 The Journal of Pacific History, Inc
dc.sourceJournal of Pacific History
dc.titleManuscript XXXIII: Threlkeld's Account of the Maro 'Ura of Opoa, Raiatea
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume53
dc.date.issued2018
local.identifier.absfor210313 - Pacific History (excl. New Zealand and Maori)
local.identifier.absfor160104 - Social and Cultural Anthropology
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5721749xPUB25
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.routledge.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationGunson, Niel, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage180
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage185
local.identifier.doi10.1080/00223344.2017.1413617
local.identifier.absseo950599 - Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.absseo950405 - Religious Structures and Ritual
dc.date.updated2019-05-19T08:24:43Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85038612974
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