The moon lifts the spirit, soul and body, so that we can fulfill tasks which surpass our usual strength, free energies to teach and learn, think and do, as in no other moment. When it wanes, we retire to plan the things that we propose for when the light returns. Each year, Marama and her children, the stars, reveal to us the time to plant and to harvest, to fish and to hunt, when it is time to sail to new lands and when it is time to marry. The children born under the light of the full moon are the children of Marama, the “Ariki”, distinguished by their “Varua”.
Marama separates the waters of the soul and leads us to the paths of the spirit. Sometimes a child is born with a “Varua” older than old, with a deep wisdom that is greater than his Mauri (physical body), his Ha (strength of heart) and his Hau (breath). He is too young to follow the long road of the the “Varua” and stays only a short time in this world. During our birth, we each seek our “Varua” from among the stars, and with our death that “Varua” returns to them.
According to Rapanui mythology, the union of various elements gave rise to more complex entities, leading to the birth of the first gods. This creation resulted from the union of Rangi Nui, the god of the sky, and Papatuanuku, the goddess of the earth and sea. Initially, the sky and the earth were close, but Tāne Mahuta separated them to provide space and light to the world.
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