Bora Bora 2005.10.24

Bora Bora 2005.10.24
Bora Bora 2005.10.24 ©2005 Mark Phillips

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Eden

The European assimilation of Tahiti with Eden makes perfect sense based on the scriptural narrative. Adam and Eve lived without labor; the earth was bountiful of itself.

Labor as the consequence of rebellion.

"As [Joseph] Banks explained, a Tahitian who planted ten breadfruit trees, a task requiring about an hour's labor, did as much for his family's food supply as an English farmer who labored the year round planting and harvesting crops. For Europeans, a society so devoted to pleasure, where work was scarcely necessary, raised profound moral questions."Lynn Withey, Voyages of Discovery: Captain Cook and the Exploration of the Pacific.

The Tahitians as a people who had not fallen.

Mark Phillips, 2005.10.18 Shark feeding, Huahine, French Polynesia
Mark Phillips, 2005.10.18 Shark feeding, Huahine, French Polynesia

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Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Te Ao Maohi

Think about the impressive things which humans accomplish. They climb huge mountains, they build machines that fly, they go to the moon.

To my mind there's nothing in all of human accomplishment as impressive as the colonization of the vast Pacific by the Maohi people. Sailing the open sea for thousands of miles without compasses or chronometers or written records. Navigating by stars, by ocean currents, by clouds, by objects in the water, by birds seen on horizons, by lore handed down by word of mouth. To settle Tahiti, Rarotonga, Aotearoa, Rapa Nui, Hawaii. Thousands and thousands of empty miles, weeks and months at a time, carrying whole villages with their crops and animals inside floating houses lashed between two enormous canoes.

Astonishing.

Mark Phillips, 2005.10.18 Huahine, French Polynesia
Mark Phillips, 2005.10.18 Huahine, French Polynesia

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