Rapa Nui Culture

CREMATION IN RAPA NUI

CREMATION IN RAPA NUI

CREMATION IN RAPA NUIby Cristian Moreno Pakarati - Historiador / HistorianCremation is a funerary or post-funerary ritual which allows a cadaver to be disposed of cleanly. The practice dates back at least 20 thousand years among the Australian aborigines and was also...

Ana Hue Neru

Ana Hue Neru

Ana Hue NeruThe Caves To Whiten PeopleAs far back as the late 19th Century, various expeditions have attempted to unravel the mysteries of the Rapanui culture through archaeological research and the oral traditions of the Islanders. However, whatever knowledge that...

Rapa Nui Soldiers in the War of the Pacific

Rapa Nui Soldiers in the War of the Pacific

Rapa Nui Soldiers in the War of the Pacificby Cristián Moreno PakaratiHistoriador / HistorianIt was a point of pride for the Rapanui families of the past when one of their members would join the Chilean Armed Forces. To see them in uniform with their proud bearing was...

Ngaru’a or Neck Pillow

Ngaru’a or Neck Pillow

Ngaru’aor Neck PillowAntiguamente los isleños no buscaban mayores comodidades en sus Hare Paenga (casas bote), en los Hare Mauku (habitaciones de piedra techada con pasto) o en la caverna que eligieron para vivir; para ellos estos espacios eran solamente lugares donde...

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...

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

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