The Maori led Bent to a small thatched hut on one side of the marae.
They selected a body, and dragged it off to the cooking-place at the rear of the marae.
A buzzing hoot accompanied its passage; it flew direct out of one marae, and direct for another down the mountain-side.
At length a Maori unfastened the door of the whar, and, taking Bent by the hand, led him out on to the marae.
Bent found a large number of Maoris, about three hundred, assembled on the marae, the village parade ground.
Titokowaru glared at his white man, then he went to the door of the council-house and called to the people in the marae to enter.
In the Hervey Islands a marae seems to have been a sacred grove.
Von Tempsky's body, the pakeha-Maori had observed while on the marae, had not been mutilated, except for that tomahawk cut.
The people sat there on the marae, silently watching the burning of the dead.
When the cannibal meal was ready, it was brought on to the marae with much ceremony in flax baskets.