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The law of rahui in the Society Islands


Scholars consider tapu and the rahui to be fundamental institutions in pre-European societies across all parts of the Polynesian Triangle.1 Yet very little is known about them in contemporary Polynesia as far as legal and organisational issues are concerned. Tapu is a term that signifies an object, person or location that was ‘marked’, ‘contained’, ‘restricted’, or ‘put aside’.
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Tamatoa Bambridge. The law of rahui in the Society Islands. Tamatoa Bambridge. The Rahui : legal pluralism in Polynesian traditional management of resources and territories, ANU Press, pp.119-135, 2016, 9781925022797. ⟨hal-01298580⟩
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