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Chades er a Mechorei, Traditional Causeway in Airai

Chades er a Mechorei, Traditional Causeway in Airai

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Chades er a Mechorei, the traditional causeway in Airai,

entered the Palau Register of Historic Places in 1995. 

It remains one of the most significant pieces

of Palauan heritage that can be seen in Palau today.


It is not certain when the Chades er a Mechorei

or the meeting house were constructed. 

However, respected elders from Airai say

that they were constructed before any foreigners came to Palau.


Chades er a Merchorei is a significant site for the village of Airai. 

It demonstrates the skills

and perseverance possessed by Palauans of former times

and they they were capable of creating sophisticated architecture

without using any form of technology that we use today.





It is said that people from all over Palau helped construct the causeway. 

The end of the causeway is called Chedesirarsuul

because it was constructed by people for Ngersuul. 

The beginning part of the causeway toward Tmecherur Rock Island

was built by people from Ngermid of Koror.

Various clubs from villages in Palau worked together

to assemble the Chades er a Mechorei.


Other elders say that this causeway was built

during the era of Uab because these villages belong to Uab. 

The inhabitants were strong people and sufficient in number to build this causeway.



Chades er a Mechorei is a valuable landmark

because in the old times it served as the boundary for jurisdiction

under Rekali and Ibedul, the two highest chiefs in Palau. 

The Northern side  belonged to Reklai while the Southern part belonged to Ibedul. 

This causeway is situated on the dividing line

and is connected to the Kambes (compass)

in the interior of the village beside the Bai ra Irrai. 

This is the boundary,

so Okemii belongs to Melekeok and Diberdii belongs to Koror. 

In cases where a person is running from Koror (which falls under Ibedul),

once he crosses the boundary to Okemii,

he becomes untouchable because he is now within Reklai's jurisdiction. 

This also applies to a person running away from Desbedall,

once he crosses to Diberdii, he is safe because he is now within Ibedul's jurisdiction.


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