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Niue, known as the “Rock of Polynesia,” is a predominantly Christian island in the South Pacific. While indigenous practices remain evident both in communal life and in syncretic beliefs, the Protestant Church of Niue, a Congregationalist body also known as the Ekalesia Nieue, commands adherence of 75% of the population. Owing to its history of missionary activity, another 15% of the populace are members of the Church of Latter-Day Saints, with 7% identifying as Roman Catholic and 1.5% as members of the Baha'i Faith. Christian and indigenous practices have been synthesized to a greater or lesser degree on the island and can be seen in the belief in aitu (ancestral ghosts) and prohibitions around places where violent deaths occur. The fono (prohibition) that falls on ...

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