The creation of the Marquesas Islands

The marvellous legend telling the story of the Marquesas islands creation is still enchanting… “It was at the time of the initial night. Oatea lived with his wife Atanua. They did not have a house. One day, Atanua said to Oatea her husband: “What is this life without a house?”. Lit up by divine forces on what he ought to do, he was satisfied, and that very evening the husband called to his wife: “tonight I will build our house.”. The night was drawing in, Oatea stood up and called upon his forces. Once the invocation finished, he chose the site of the house. Then, having put two pillars up, he said: “It is Ua Pou!”. Then, Oatea having taken the ridge tile beam, placed it on the two pillars

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