Traces of canibalism

15. July 2011, Friday
8° 49' 33" S, 140° 5' 4" W

Close-hauled, Odin cruises east on the north coast of Nuku Hiva.
We want against wind and waves, in a bay and a small, charming place called Hatiheu.
In its vicinity are the most famous archaeological sites of the Marquesas.
We visit the ruins of ancient cult sites where, among other things, human sacrifices were made to the gods.
A French archeologist we meet by chance gives us a free lecture on the fascinating culture and history of ancient Polynesia.
The rough, often unmerciful life of the native people of these wild islands may seem a bit harsh to us, but it was probably the right way to survive here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean at the time.
It was by no means uncivilized. On the contrary!
We can still learn a lot today from the complex culture of the then inhabitants of the Marquesas. They lived in harmony with nature and respected it and all life as sacred! Today, this culture would be a prime lesson for many a greedy, unscrupulous commodity speculator.
To be honest, a bit of cannibalism, which was common here up to the 19th century, hardly matters ;o)