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Wedding Ceremonies at Ancient Marae Temp...

    Tahitian Maraes are open temples that were used for sacred ceremonies. First fruits and best catch of the day were taken to the Marae as offerings for the gods.  The only weddings performed within a Marae would be for the daughter of the chief or other socially significant individuals. Chiefs from other districts were welcomed into the Marae.   Wedding ceremonies in the Marae reflect lineage, fidelity and commitment. During the ceremony, the priest will ask the bride and the groom individually, “Eta” or “will you ever leave”? The answer from both the bride and...