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Fare tupapa'u

Ghost House
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Until the missionary era, the Maohi peoples of the Society Islands buried their dead in the ground, laid them in caves or placed them for several months or longer inside a specially built structure, called a fare tupapa'u (ghost house). In the case of some high-ranking chiefs, their corpse lay within a fare tupapa'u for a year or longer. See the related South Seas Companion entry on death in Maohi society.
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Concepts: Death in Maohi Society, Pohe
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Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Created: 5 May 2004
Modified: 12 May 2004

Published by South Seas, 1 February 2004
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: Paul.Turnbull@jcu.edu.au
Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Updated: 28 June 2004
To cite this page use: http://nla.gov.au/nla.cs-ss-biogs-P000421

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