Tahiti French Polynesia

 

 

 

Some early Europeans explorers, who made contact with this small Windward Islands piece of land thought it was the nearest to paradise. Others thought of this as a place that was so pristine that one ought to visit it to get an idea of peace and tranquility, away from the madness that Europe considered civilization and modernity.

This is Tahiti in a nutshell. This island, just under 30 miles at its widest, is part of the Society Islands archipelago on the South Pacific Coast. When European explorers landed here in the early part of the 17th century, they fought with each other to gain control over this island. The French succeeded finally, with the result that the region around Tahiti is called French Polynesia.

 

This control was far from being smooth and easy. Contact with European travelers exposed the natives to disease and vices like prostitution and alcohol. It nearly decimated the entire population. At one point of time in the late 18th century, Tahiti was left with just 6000 people.

Today, Tahiti has fewer than 200,000 people, and is a French protectorate. It is governed in French-style democracy, and all Tahitians are also French citizens automatically.

A visit to Tahiti is a feast to the eye. Since tourism is the main industry in this island, the tourist is certain never to feel sated with the eye-catching wonder that Tahiti is. On a visit here, you can visit the Bora Bora Islands and Moorea. Nails Trends

The island’s major cultural event is the Heiva festival, during which the famous nose-flute and conch shell are played. This is celebrated along with national events such as the French  Revolution.

You could also explore many aspects of Tahitian culture on a visit to this island. The most famous of these is the Otea Dance, which is characterized by very brisk gyrations of the hips.

An interesting fact is that another of Tahiti’s famous traditional dances, the Upa Upa, had almost vanished for a few centuries following contact with Europeans, but is now slowly reemerging. However, another cultural symbol, the arioi, troupes which performed dances, have all but disappeared.

There are some wonderful natural phenomena such as volcanoes in Tahiti.

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