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The Asia-Pacific is one of the last havens of untouched cruising in the world
 

CULTURE OF SOLOMON ISLANDS

Solomonians believe that customs are transferred from generation to generation, from the ancestral spirits themselves
Culture - A superyacht guide to Asia Pacific cruising destinations, with sample itineraries
Solomon Islands were first settled at least 30,000 years ago by Papuans from New Guinea. Subsequent waves of settlement introduced many new peoples. While the majority of the current population is Melanesian, there is a sizable portion of Polynesian and Micronesian residents and a small number of Chinese and European residents. The local populations vary distinctly in culture from village to village. This diversity contributes to a setting of rich cultures and customs where over 120 vernacular languages are spoken although English is widely spoken. Solomonians believe that customs are transferred from generation to generation, from the ancestral spirits themselves.

There are a number of pre-European cultural monuments worth visiting, notably the Bao megalithic shrine complex (13th century AD), and the Nusa Roviana fortress with its surrounding complex of shrines and villages which were the hub of their regional network during the 14th - 19th centuries. Most famous is the Tiola shrine at the eastern end of Roviana. Well protected by natural cliffs and 3m high walls, legends tell that it is devoted to a dog who barked in the direction from whence the enemy came. When this dog died, it was replaced by a stone dog, which also turned to face an on-coming enemy or perhaps in the direction the warriors should take for their next head-hunting raid
 
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