Rapa Nui – At the navel of the world…



Stone platforms in Rapa Nui esp. dedicated - Ahu Tongariki is the largest one with presently (it has been restored) fifteen moai. Others include: Ahu Akivi, Ahu Huri a Urenga, Ahu Nau Nau, Ahu Tahai, etc.


Plateformes de pierre à Rapa Nui, notamment celles de Ahu Tongariki, la plus grande avec auj. 15 moai (elle a été restaurée). Parmi les autres : Ahu Akivi, Ahu Huri a Urenga, Ahu Nau Nau, Ahu Tahai, etc.

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The moai represent the most important pieces of Rapa Nui culture and art. (Rapa Nui lg, Rongorongo wr)

Les moai représentent les pièces les plus importantes de la culture et de l'art Rapa Nui.

What is culture? How to define it? How do cultures appear? How are they constituted? How do they evolve? How do they disappear? How are customs and traditions established? How did prohibitions and taboos appear? How can we consider cultures in all their diversity? How does the digital world defend - or not - cultures?? (to be completed)

Qu’est-ce que la culture ? Comment la définir ? Comment apparaissent les cultures ? Comment se constituent-elles ? Comment évoluent-elles ? Comment disparaissent-elles ? Comment s’y sont fixées les coutumes et traditions ? Comment sont apparus les interdits, les tabous ? Comment considérer les cultures dans toute leur diversité ? Comment le numérique défend–il – ou non – les cultures ?... ?... (à compléter)

Makemake in Rapa Nui…

“On Rapanui (Easter Island) people believed in a variety of god or 'atua' Most prominent among the 'atua' was the Creator God, Makemake, who was a 'birdman'. Makemake was born from a floating skull that was washed from a temple into the sea. He created the first humans. Together with his companion, the goddess Haua, he brought flocks of migratory seabirds to the island.
As well as the creator of mankind and Makemake was also regarded patron of the Bird Cult, the principal festival of Easter Island, and was worshipped in the form of sea birds, which were considered his incarnation. His material symbol, a man with a bird's head, can be found carved in hundreds of petroglyphs on Easter Island, human figures with the heads and tails of birds, into the rocks. He was the god of fertility and the chief god of the “Tangata manu” or bird-man cult (this cult succeeded the islands more famous Moai era, when the famous stone heads were carved).” (astrology.richardbrown.com)



Moai - Monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people on Easter Island - moʻai, means “statue” in Rapa nui. The complete name is Moai Aringa Ora, which means “living face of the ancestors“. “They stand with their backs to the sea and are believed by most archaeologists to represent the spirits of ancestors, chiefs, or other high-ranking males who held important positions in the history of Easter Island.” (pbs.org)

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