Areoi

Pacific Islands - A religious order in the Society Islands. It is claimed that this organisation was established by Oro-Tetefa and his brother Uru-Tetefa, two gods who came down from heaven. Others say that they are descended from Rongo or Tangaloa. Initiates are tattooed on entry and the patterns of their tattoos become more complex as they advance in the order. Their main function is in the celebration of festivals. At times, identified as Areoi, Arioi or Arioi.

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