In Call It Courage, what does Mafatu realize once he sees the island has a sacred place?

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The author sets the scene by stating that Mafatu’s attention is caught by an old and hideous idol on top of a tall pyramid. The idol’s longevity is highlighted by its corrosion and the fact that it is covered in fungi and lichens. The author mentions that invasive weeds cover the base of the idol. Due to the idol’s position, no wind can reach the base. As reality sinks in, Mafatu slowly realizes the truth about his location. He is at a marae —a sacred place. Struggling to breathe, he draws nearer to the base of the idol, where he finds piles...

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