Polynesian dating customs

Regardless of the reasons for the disproportion between the sexes, they would lead to monogamy, the marriage of one man to one woman—marriage as it most commonly exists in modern civilized societies.In communities where men were scarce, a woman would try to hold the affections of one man to be assured of his protection and a constant supply of food.

For another, among those tribes and nations who were constantly at war with each other, there would inevitably be a scarcity of men in proportion to the women.

And even though the women of the conquered foe were usually considered among the spoils of war, more were killed in the bloody battles than were dragged off as unwilling mates of the victors.

'Classic' Lapita pottery was produced between 1350 and 750 BCE in the Bismarck Archipelago.

A late variety might have been produced there up to 250 BCE.

And she better look her very best or she could be scorned.

How can such a common ceremony be so different to everyone? At the time of the first known European contact with the Polynesian world in the 1500s, there were probably around half a million people scattered throughout the region.European powers competed for ownership of most of Polynesia's inhabited islands.The excavation was carried out in 1952 by American archaeologists Edward W. The settlement and pottery sherds were later dated to 800 BCE and proved significant in research on the early peopling of the Pacific Islands.More than two hundred Lapita sites have since been uncovered, ranging more than 4,000 km from coastal and island Melanesia to Fiji and Tonga with its most eastern limit so far in Samoa.Coastal plains are absent or extremely limited on high islands.