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... tomorrow morning, which is gratifying. I still don’t know if it will make it into any national coverage in America, or internationally. But I hope there can be some positive movement soon for the Rapanui, and for Rapa Nui. In the year 2015 colonialism, which is frankly just what Chile is doing here, is a damaging and immoral anachronism from the bad old past. It is time to allow these people to find their own way, on their own land, with their own traditions, ...
... ancestral property be returned to the hand of its inheritors.”
I asked, “How long until Rapa Nui becomes independent?”
“Right now we are working on the process towards independence. This is just a first step.”
There are 5-10,000 Chileans who have immigrated to Rapa Nui in the past five years. If immigration stops, what happens to them?
“To be able to stay in Rapa Nui the foreigner ...
... of a new worship area or other important building.
The major gods in Polynesia were personifications of nature, plus some divine patrons of certain artisan work or other cultural pursuits. While most gods were male, the Earth Mother figure was often personified by the moon, a common trope that reaches across nearly all religious traditions; think of the Shechinah in Jewish Kabbalah, always associated with the moon. For pre-Christian Polynesians, the gods lived in ...
... of the ahu. The ahu was in the shape of a long boat and the sacred stones were lined up along the boat. The actual ahu platform was made up of rough rocks on one side and it got finer on the other, which suggest that the Rapa Nui refined their techniques. In the area, we also saw the remains of a boat shaped hut where villagers lived.
As Paul explained, the moais were craved from the Rano Raraku mountain between the years 1250 and ...
... in and actually feed the turtle - very cool!
With the sun about to set, we made our way to Tahai to get our first experience of the famous statues (Moai), set amongst the Ahu platforms. The view was simply spectacular. After I made pasta with soya for dinner, we knocked out, eagerly awaiting our island tour the next day.
Rapa Nui people and Moai history
As statistics go, there are 600 statues of which ...