Himene are formal choral Tahitian songs, often of religious nature. Himene is a Tahitian term derived from the English word hymn. The first Western explorer to visit the Society Islands / Tahiti was Wallace, who claimed them for England. The first colonisers and missionaries to the native people were thus English Protestants. Himene are based in v...
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(from the article `music and dance, Oceanic`) ...polyphonic chanting, nose flute, and drum playing were admired by 18th-century explorers, experienced a particularly rapid and thorough ...
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