the Cook Islands
Cook Islanders are a religious people and they take their beliefs
many peoples colonised by Europeans, most Cook Islanders are
very happy to have been subjected to Western influence.
appreciate the missionaries who converted them as they turned
the islands from being places of war and cannabalism to a peaceful
land where they can practice Christianity.
travelling there be respectful in what you do and how you conduct
tours we were asked to bow our heads, take hats off, and close
our eyes as they said Grace before a meal.
hadn't been part of Grace for a very long time and - it has
to be said - there was something very nice about being grateful
for what we were about to eat.
are special days in the Islands and most shops are closed, but
you can get along to a local church for a service.
didn't get to one, but others who did say they are something
amazing to witness.
are many churches and denominations around Rarotonga from the
Cook Islands Church, Catholic, Seventh Day Adventists and Mormons.
prepared to enjoy some great singing and get your best clothes
and we should point out that Cook Islanders don't appreciate
having fleshy bits on too much show.
brief clothing is frowned upon and topless or nude sunbathing
is a big no-no.
you have a problem with that - don't go to the Cook Islands.