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Matari'i i ni'a

  Issue : novembre 20 of 2012
  Printing : Offset
  Imprimerie : phil@post
  Production : PSP-OPT-2012 - illustrations/photos J-L.SAQUET - P.BACCHET
 
 By attentively observing the sky, the Polynesians had divided the year into two distinct seasons: Matarii i ni'a, when the Constellation 
of the Pleiades became visible in the sky; and Matarii i raro, when they disappeared in the horizon.

Matarii i ni'a, from 20 November to 20 May, was the season of abundance, the Tau 'auhune: the prosperous, rainy season, where Nature 
generously provided products of the land, sea and sky. A period of festivities where one also had to think about storing in anticipation of 
the food shortage and drought endured under Matarii i raro, Te tau poaifrom 20 May until Matarii i ni'a comes back again.

Matarii i ni'a where the breath of abundance has made the poets sing, has made the 'arioi dance, as artists devoted to 'Oro, God of Fertility.

Matarii i ni'a still today warms the hearts of Polynesians.
J. MAIRAI

 SOURCE: www.tahitiphilatelie.pf
 

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