Polynesian Mythology [5/6] : Places of worship

In all the Polynesian islands are places of worship, some of them protected by an inclosing wall. In them were houses for the priests and places for holding ceremonies. On the walls and within the inclosure were images, and somewhere near was a place for the bones of sacrifices. In Hawaii these places of worship are known as heiaus. In them services were held for many purposes, such as preparations for war, thanks to the gods for a good harvest, and to overcome the sickness of a ruler. There were different prayers, different chants, and different sacrifices for each occasion.

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