photographic print(black and white)
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Photograph (black and white); group of Tongan men, women and children sitting and standing on a large concrete plinth at the bottom of a tree; Mua, Tonga.
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Height: 15.50 centimetres
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- This is a photograph of the langi (tombs) of Tui Tonga (son from divine origin of the creator god Tangaloa 'Eitumatuou'a). There are several tombs within the same area all belonging to Tui Tonga. The inscription states that this could be the tomb of Paepae o Tele'a, which is said to be the grandest langi in Mua, Tonga. The Paepae is made from coral limestone that sit deep into the ground, which was believed to have been constructed in 16thC by the 29th Tui Tonga, called Tele'a (also known as 'Ulukimata I). Tele'a died and was buried in Samoa and therefore is said to have not buried in this langi.
Thomson, B. (1902) "Notes upon the antiquities of Tonga", in The Journal of the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland Vol.32 (1902) pp.81-88
Related Image: Oc,B89.7.
- Not on display
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