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Marquesas Tiki platforms

The ME´AE IIPONA is a spiritual and ancient rebuilding site in the Marquesass. The culture of Marquesas Islands is distinct, with many special words describing specific Marquesan things.

One such word is me'ae - this is an ancient Marquesan site, arranged for ceremonies and gatherings. Here were performed diverse rituals. Important were funerary rites, which often required human sacrifice.

The construction of me'ae also involved a sacrifice - there are found bones of humans or pigs among the stones.

Me'ae were linked with many tapu - most people were not allowed to visit and see them. Thus me'ae often were built in secluded places, far away from the villages.