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The Artistic Tahitian Culture

2023-01-25
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The Tahitian people reside on the islands of French Polynesia. Known as The Islands of Tahiti, this area is a made up of more than 100 islands and atolls and have been fondly referred to as “the heart and soul of the South Pacific.”

For generations, art has been an important part of the Tahitian culture. Since 1881, the Heiva festival has brought together many performers and artists including choreographers, musicians, drummers, singers, dancers, as well as costume designers in celebration of the Tahitian culture.

Tahitian celebrations and dances typically include drumming which has been described as the heartbeat of the ensemble. Tahitian Drummers and dancers are taught through oral instruction. Dancing is seen as telling a story and depicts events such as Tahitian legends, historical events, and even mundane occurrences in life. For example, in the aparima dance, performers use their hands to mime actions that tell a story.

Within the Tahitian culture is quite a fairly unique musical instrument called vivo. In different areas of the Polynesian triangle, it is known by other names. Thought to have the ability to invoke Gods, vivo was used in sacred ceremonies and has been described as having a “magical aura.” Supreme Master Ching Hai (vegan) has revealed some wonderful insights about the spiritual aspect of musical instruments such as the flute.

The tiare flower, which is a symbol of the Islands of Tahiti, is often used in headpieces as a lei or worn behind the ear. Legend has it that the tiare flower was introduced by the god Ātea who infused his love into the flower so that it would continue to radiate positive power.

A significant aspect of the Tahitian tradition is the concept of Mana. Mana can be described as a spiritual life force and a universal power. “Ma” is said to represent purity which comes from pure actions, deeds and emotions such as love, respect, humility, peace within, harmony and love. And “na” represents wisdom. This includes wisdom from ancestors, spiritual wisdom, and wisdom in acknowledging the connection between humans and the environment.
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