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Date: 25 Aug 2010 05:55:16
Title: The Marquesas - Nuku Hiva - Photos 2 - Maraes and Tikis

Nuku Hiva has a fair number of archeological sites of the Polynesian culture/religion before the missionaries arrived from Europe and converted the islands to Christianity, When touring the island we visited a number of Tikis and sacred sites (marae). Some were well hidden in the forest and not that well preserved, but replicas of the tikis carved in wood appear in quite a lot of the more touristy places. 
 
A marae with tikis on the surrounds.
 
A close up of a well worn tiki!
 
And another ......
 
 
The trail up the hillside to the marae.
 
 

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