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Mangaian Society



Religion was inseparably associated with social organization. Dedication to a particular god at the cutting of the navel cord fixed the individual's social group. Important decisions throughout life were influenced by the tribal god consulted through the priest. Change of government and the allocation of office and land had to be inaugurated by human sacrifice and ratified on the marae of Rongo with religious ritual. The religious complex includes the gods with their images and incarnations, religious structures, priests, and offerings, chants, and feasts.