NASA picture of Faaite Atoll
|Area||227 km2 (87.6 sq mi) (lagoon)
8.87 km² (above water)
|Length||28 km (17.4 mi)|
|Width||10.5 km (6.52 mi)|
|Largest city||Hitianau (pop. 246)|
|Population||366 (as of 2007)|
Faaite, or Faaiti, is an atoll of the Tuamotus in French Polynesia. It is located 60 km to the north of Anaa Atoll. The total surface of the atoll is 227 km² Its dry land area is 8.87 km². Its length is 28 km and its width 10.5 km. The total population as of 2007 is 366 inhabitants.
Faaite's inner lagoon has a navigable channel to the ocean. The main village is Hitianau, with a total population of 246.
Russian oceanic explorer Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen visited Faaite in 1820 on the ships Vostok and Mirni. He named this atoll "Miloradovich".
This atoll reached a measure of fame after the "Bûchers de Faaite" affair. On September 2 1987 six persons were thrown into the fire (some of them by their own children) because the islanders were convinced that they were possessed by the devil.
There is a territorial (domestic) airfield in Faaite which was inaugurated in 1992.
- Beltrán y Rozpide, Ricardo "Las islas Tuamotu", Boletín de la Sociedad Geográfica de Madrid. t.XV, 2º semestre de 1881, pp-7-54.
- Faaite Airport
- Bruno Saura, Les bûchers de Faaite: paganisme ancestral ou dérapage chrétien en Polynésie française, Cobalt/Editions de l'après midi. Paris 1990
- Book review
- Island names
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