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International Women’s Day – A Polynesian Legend stamps from French Polynesia

International Women’s Day – A Polynesian Legend stamps from French Polynesia
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The post of French Polynesia issued two stamps illustrating Tahiri Vahine, a Lady with a Fan, historical figure of Pirae, who became a Polynesian legend over time.

Before the arrival of Europeans, the Hamuta valley, in Pirae, on the island of Tahiti, was the cradle of an exceptional woman. She was born into a family of the island of Fakarava, in the Tuamotu islands. Because of her glorious feats and her outstanding powers she became Ari'i (Queen) of the Nohovao clan. As she always had a fan in her hand, with which she directed the various winds and turned them into allies, in order to defend her people from attacks from enemy clans, she was nicknamed "the Lady with a Fan", Tahiri Vahine. Also famous for her exquisite beauty, Tahiri Vahine rose above her human condition and gained the status of a hero, seeking peace, harmony with Nature, animals and all the elements. She thus became a model for Polynesian women of all times.

Philippe Peltier is a French painter passionately in love with Polynesia. On order of the municipality of Pirae, which had seen his various illustrations he illustrated the life of the female hero of that location, Tahiri Vahine. The stamps of the current issue feature these works of art.

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