So you came to Moorea
for your Honeymoon ? How nice...
But now ? How will you name the baby ?
Names in Tahiti have meanings, and are often very poetic.
They are built around nouns, past heros, gods
In the tradition, since some names were particular to families' history,
complex rules of combining parents and ancestors' names would allow
retreival of genealogies. Strong laws being held against inbreeding,
Tahitian legends and stories are full of Shakespearian dramas..
her mother was obsessed with 'monoi',
this delicately fragranced tahitian beauty oil.
She would even wake up in the middle of
the night to smell it and rub herself !
grandmother decided the baby
should be called Monoihere,
For their youngest child
his parents wanted to honor
the Polynesian strengh,
so they called him Maohinui,
'The Great Polynesian'...
Some Tahitian names
(crown of power )
( flower )
( pearl )
( fern )
( water of the sea )
( huge love )
( caress )
( great sky )
( the king )
( ocean )
( welcome )
( huge smile)
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