A tupapow (tupapau), or burial shed by William Woollett

A tupapow (tupapau), or burial shed

William Woollett

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A tupapow (tupapau), or burial shed

William Woollett

A tupapow (tupapau), or burial shed, and a Tahitian priest, observed by Lieutenant James Cook and the crew of the Endeavour, Tahiti, 1769. In the tupapow, "posts are set up to support the bier ... And here the body remains to putrify till the flesh is wholly wasted from the bones." Illustration from An account of the voyages ...for making discoveries in the southern hemisphere, by John Hawkesworth (London, 1773).

Original: engraving. 1773

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