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TAHITI

WHERE IS TAHITI
( FRENCH POLYNESIA )

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The largest of the 118 islands that make up French Polynesia ( Tahiti ) in the central Southern Pacific Ocean. It's in the Polynesian triangle which is created by Hawaii, New Zealand and Easter Island.

 

WHAT IS TAHITI LIKE?

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There are a lot of mountain, waterfalls, beautiful animals and plans in Tahiti. that is like heaven.

Tahiti has a long and rich history. The islands were first settled by migrating Polynesians as early as 500BC. They were later discovered by European explorers during the 16th century and eventually colonized by France. Now officially known as French Polynesia, Tahiti is an autonomous overseas country of the French Republic.

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WHAT IS TAHITIAN DANCE LIKE?

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Tahitian dance is the most authentic reflection of Polynesian culture. This extraordinary display of passion and vitality was once linked to all aspects of island life, including prayer, celebration, welcoming and storytelling. The signature tamure, or fast hip shaking motion, has become an unmistakable trademark of this captivating art form, matched only by the resounding rhythms of the Tahitian drums.

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HISTORY

Two centuries ago, the Missionaries from the London Missionary Society arrived in Tahiti and described the Tahitian dance ( Ori Tahiti ) as satanic and obscene that to not be in alignment with the pre-20th-century concept of Christianity.. During that time, Tahitian dance Ori Tahiti was forbidden. In 1819, the Pomare Code (laws code) prohibited all dances, songs and cultural entertainment.

When the France of the July 1830 Monarchy took possession of the country in 1842, it adopted a more liberal position: The colonial administration authorized the tribal dances, while censoring the most liberated forms of choreography (of which especially the “upa-upa”, ritually danced by couples in a manner that was too explicit in the light of the criteria of French morality, at the time).

About " Heiva "

The Tahitian word Heiva (“hei” meaning to assemble, and “va” meaning community places) is known for its soul-stirring music, dancing, singing and sporting events that highlight the beauty and culture of the Polynesian people from The Islands of Tahiti. More than just a celebration of life, Heiva I Tahiti has become the symbol of the Polynesian tradition that was once almost completely lost, and over 8,000 participants volunteer.

Heiva is now held around the world by Ori tahiti lovers and is widely known as a dance competition.

Ori Tahiti costume 

Traditionally, Tahitian costumes and headdress are made up of vegetable fibers, flowers, shells, feathers, handcrafted coconut bras, and grass-like material. The materials used in these pieces showcase the Tahitian connection to the earth and their land.

'Arioi access

If you want t0 lean Tahitian culture, I recommend 'Arioi access.

Mrs. Hinatea, well-known as a story tailor, choreographer and competition judge, you can learn about Tahitian history, language and music by taking her Tahitian culture class.