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French Polynesia

In the South Pacific island territory of French Polynesia, the two large historic churches, the Ma'ohi Protestant Church (Église protestante ma'ohi, or EPM) and the Roman Catholic Church, claim more than three quarters of the population as members. But the 1980s marked the beginning of a new religious era, with faster and deeper diversification in relation to social and economic changes. Following the establishment in 1963 of the Pacific Test Center (Centre d'expérimentation du Pacifique), French Polynesia moved to an economy combining massive imports, consumption, and rapid growth of the public administration. Migratory movements from the rural islands toward the capital island led to an increasing concentration of population in the urban zones of Tahiti. This mobility underlines the decline of a traditional way of ...

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