"Gods inside, gods outside/Gods above, gods below" is the first few lines of a chant from the Society Islands in the Polynesian islands. It also offers a bit of insight into the inhabitants of that particular corner of the world, as does this very well thought out online exhibit created by the British Museum. Offered as part of their Online Tours series, the exhibit contains 27 items culled from their extensive collection of items related to the various traditions of Pacific Islanders. Most of the items were collected between 1760 and 1860 by the earliest European missionaries and explorers. Each item can be viewed in great detail, and they are accompanied by a brief essay which explores both the importance of each item, along with a discussion of how it was collected. Visitors will not want to miss the rather eerie Kou wood bowl and the 'u'u club used by Marquesan warriors.
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