Rapa Nui Culture

The Origin of the Polynesian Peoples

The Origin of the Polynesian Peoples

The Origin of the Polynesian Peoples La Cultura Lapita · The Lapita CultureAmong the rare archaeological certainties that we have on the ancient Polynesian peoples, one undisputed fact stands out: The Polynesian people descend from the creators of a complex culture,...

The rebirth of ancestral medicine

The rebirth of ancestral medicine

The rebirth of ancestral medicineThe Rapanui community of today is in the process of reclaiming many different aspects of their social and political life.  One of them is the rebirth of ancestral medicine. Currently on the Island is an old field hospital, built in the...

Ancestral Medicine on Rapa Nui

Ancestral Medicine on Rapa Nui

Nga RongoaAncestral Medicine on Rapa NuiWithin the philosophical world view of the Rapanui, good health is based on the union of man and nature, between life and death, in the present, the past and the future.Any mishap or disease has its origin in supernatural forces...

Mokomae

Mokomae

Mokomaethe Word Made FleshMokomae is the name of an ancestral warrior of the Ure or Mokomae clan which used to live in the area of Poike.  It is from the Araki tribe. One of their descendants is the Chilean - Rapanui Luis “Tito” Hormazábal Araki, today a Tohunga ta...

The Society of Friends of Easter Island

The Society of Friends of Easter Island

The Society of Friends of Easter Island by Roberto  Rojas P. - Antropólogo / AnthropologistThe anthropologist and investigator Rolf Foerster, who was a professor of the University of Chile, has dedicated his research and writing to the native communities of La...

Te Ara o te Ao

Te Ara o te Ao

The rapanui denominates Ao to a special oar that is used like badge of the control. This trail follows the same route that was used more or less 150 years ago to reach the ceremonial village in Orongo.

Kai Kai y Pata’uta’u

Kai Kai y Pata’uta’u

Games with string, forming figures full of fantasy, are a pastime found throughout the world and within almost all cultures.

Umu

Umu

The Umu, also known as the ancestral ‘curanto’, is an on-going tradition on Rapa Nui. The communal Umu, organized by different Island families for the various feast days of the Catholic faith

Textiles on Rapa Nui

Textiles on Rapa Nui

Currently some pieces of this heritage are part of the collections at the Museo Fonck in Viña del Mar and the Museo de Historia Natural in Santiago.

The birthing cave

The birthing cave

Pregnancy and childbirth were considered sacred to the ancient Rapanui.

Ana Hue Neru

Ana Hue Neru

Both caves are located on the northeast cliff of the Poike Peninsula, one of the oldest places on Easter Island.

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