The immensely big project of translating the whole New Testament into native rapa nui language has today finally been finished. The protagonists behind it all are the married American couple Robert and Nancy Weber, who have been dedicating the majority of their lives to this amazing contribution to the rapa nui culture.
41 years ago the Americal linguists arrived to the tiny Pacific island called Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island. Their goal from the beginning was to translate the New Testament into rapa nui language. Since no proper ortography existed for the language, this was their first challenge. They created the modern standard for how to write the language; which letters to use and how to spell the words.
Not long after having arrived in the 1970’s, they also created school books for learning the rapa nui language.
After a few years, they created a team of some of the brightest people of the rapa nui community together, taught them about linguistics theory and started working with an admirable dedication, translating the New Testament during more than two decades. When the translation was finished, they spent years back-translating the scriptures from rapa nui back to English, then comparing their whole work with the original, to make sure the message was unaltered.
With today’s publication of the New Testament in rapa nui language, they have now completed what they came for and will in a couple of weeks go back to their home country.
On a personal note, I the author would like to thank Nancy and Robert Weber for their historic contribution to this culture and its language, and wish all luck, happiness and well-being to these amazing two people whom I am proud to call friends.
News websites and agencies worldwide are reporting on Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, is applying new laws to limit tourism, since tourism supposedly have a bad impact on the local society and culture. The only law that is being reported is that tourists now only can stay for a maximum of 30 days. This is in fact entirely true.
There is one thing that is not being explained in these articles though; typically a tourist would stay at Easter Island for 4-5 days, and very few stay for more than a week. Virtually no one would stay for more than 30 days. This means that this new law would be quite useless as a means to limiting tourism.
Below are a few of the news agencies and websites that focus on a limit to tourism:
The new laws are not limiting to tourism, but to immigration – especially immigration from continental Chile. They have been applied to prevent overpopulation, and to protect the fragile culture and lifestyle of the island. Around half of the 7750 residents of Easter Island are Chileans who have moved in from the continent. The strong influences from continental Chile makes it harder for the fragile rapa nui culture to survive, which is why these new laws have been applied. From now on, the possibility of moving to Easter Island is a privilege exclusive to those that have family there, or that are invited over under a work contract.
This, if anything, is bigger news than what most news sources have been reporting on, because it’s a case of a country actually restricting its own countrymen from moving to a certain part of their own country. The case of the rapa nui culture is an extreme case that calls for extreme measurements.
Interestingly enough, something similar happened a few years back, when news were spread around the globe about an apparent discovery exposing that the “Easter Island heads” also have bodies, which is something the outside world has known for 300 years.
It’s probably quite hard for news channels to check facts when the articles are about Easter Island because of the island’s small size and population. We can only hope that news agencies and websites check their sources more often than what the latest days have shown us.
Today a new law of residence of Easter Island is officially in effect, which will apply more control over who settles down in this South Pacific island. The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, flew from the continent to personally celebrate the ceremony of this new law.
What is the new law about?
This new Chilean Law 21.070 is made to protect the tiny island of Rapa Nui from overpopulation. Starting today, in regards to coming over to live, for a continental Chilean this island is basically like any other foreign country.
For anyone that’s not a registered resident, maximum allowed stay is 30 days.
To become a resident, you have to have a child, grandchild or parent that is a resident already, or get a work contract for a local Easter Island company.
During the coming years, rapa nui politicians debated the matter of creating immigration laws to protect the island from overpopulation and dilution of the rapa nui culture. The Convention 169, written to protect indigenous rights internationally, was used to start a petition to the government of Chile about the subject.
After a couple of years of being discussed and developed, and going through the process of validation in the Chilean government, it was finally approved by the Chamber of Deputies in May this year, which was the final step of validation.
Why did this happen?
Rapa Nui is a very small island with its own unique culture and language, with only around 3000-4000 people being part of its native ethnicity. Since the island was annexed to Chile in 1888, outside influences have been strong – particularly the last five decades. At the same time, the islanders are doing their best to keep their traditions alive.
This island is an attractive place for Chileans to move to for its climate, legendary history, safety and economy, which is why now around half of the population consist of Chileans that have moved in from the continent. The amount of Chileans coming over will now be less. This will prevent diluting the culture more, and will help having a more sustainable society and prevent overpopulation.
What do you think of the recent events? Is it good and necessary, or unfair for Chileans not to be able to move to this part of their country’s territory? Please comment below!
History was made today when the ancestral lands of Easter Island were returned to the native people of this remote South Pacific island.
Up until the end of the 19th century, the inhabitants of Rapa Nui (also known as Easter Island) used to live all over the island, where the mighty moai statues are that this island is famous for. In 1888, the island was annexed to Chile, that rented out the island to a sheep shearing business. As a consequence, the rapa nui people were forced away from their homes and moved into what became the island’s only town – Hanga Roa.
Tourism started on a bigger scale in 1986, when NASA extended and improved the airport, thus allowing big passenger planes to visit. To minimize impact on the archaeology, the Chilean national forest corporation CONAF has been controlling the archaeological sites for the last decades. Today, the chilean president Michelle Bachelet has officially given back the control of these archaeolgical sites back to the locals, by passing it on to a local entity called Ma’u Henua.
So what’s next?
“The first change that will happen from today and onwards is that all decisions that will be taken here on the island, will be taken by the rapa nui people”, Camilo Rapu, director of Ma’u Henua says. He expresses great hope and enthusiasm about reforesting the island with endemic plants, as the island was a thousand years ago. At the same time, he is careful about taking decisions about guide certification and restoration of ancient monuments, as he wants not only Ma’u Henua, but the whole rapa nui population to partake in these decisions.
A lot has happened the latest two years after the 2015 roadblock conflict by the Rapa Nui Parliament. Ma’u Henua was born, and started to co-administer the national park together with CONAF. Immigration laws have been approved by the Chilean senate and are soon to be applied. Now, control of the archaeological sites have been given to this local entity Ma’u Henua. Has this all been caused by this roadblock conflict in 2015? Is all of this for the better? Please share your opinions below!
New scientific evidence today leaves the world in shock, revealing what we all were thinking but no one dared to say out loud – the mysterious moai statues of Easter Island were in fact built by extraterrestrials.
NASA scientists have worked in secret for years on decrypting the mysterious so called rongo-rongo tablets that this ancient civilization left behind. These wooden tablets were inscribed with symbols whose meaning was lost in the 1862 – 1863 slave raids. Lost – until now.
By analysing linguistic patterns and occurrence frequency of certain syllables, words and sounds, it was possible to break down the meaning of the symbols, starting with the most common articles of the Rapa Nui language, being “ko”, “mo” and “he”. Since the first rongo-rongo tablet was brought to the NASA laboratory by norwegian adventurer and author Thor Heyerdahl in 1986, the long and tedious process of deciphering the ancient symbols has finally been fruitful.
The undeciphered tablets held hidden truths that will change the way we see the world. They talk about how a civilization not of this world helped in making the moai statues in their honor. Evidently, these wooden tablets were left as a testament to the world of their work.
Mai ruŋa te raŋi mātou i tu’u mai ai, mo haka aŋa i te nu’u o Te Pito O Te Henua mo haka tu’u i te ‘ariŋa ora o mātou, mo haka pure i te nu’u o te ao ki a mātou.
We came from above the sky, to make the people of The Navel of the World (ancient name for Rapa Nui) build our living faces, to make the people of the world worship us.
“We were surprised to find that the rongo-rongo symbols actually were phonetical”, NASA phonologist Eloy Hilaria says. “As we now know that the language of the extraterrestrials is the same as that of the ancient Rapa Nui civilization, we can continue searching outer space for intelligent life as we peer our deep space interstellar dishes to focus on these phonetical sounds only” he continues.
Alien intervention at Easter Island
One of the biggest mysteries of Easter Island, and of the world, is how the moai statues were moved. Even since the first European visit almost 300 years ago, this has left us in awe. Below is an extract from Jacob Roggeveen’s ship log from 1722. Please note that Roggeveen made an erronous observation in saying that the statues were made out of clay. They are in fact made out of solid stone from volcano Rano Raraku, often several kilometers away from where the statues stood erected.
At first, these stone figures caused us to be filled with wonder, for we could not understand how it was possible that people who are destitute of heavy or thick timber, and also of stout cordage, out of which to construct gear, had been able to erect them; nevertheless some of these statues were a good 30 feet in height and broad in proportion. This perplexity ceased, however, with the discovery, on removing a piece of the stone, that they were formed out of clay or some kind of rich earth…
This riddle is now solved, as we know that the ancient islanders had help from a civilization with superior technology.
Easter Island frequently visited by UFOs
One of the best spots for UFO spotting is Easter Island. Locals frequently see UFOs, both in day time, as well as during night, in the form of objects or lights that move in ways that are impossible for anything built by man. Thanks to total lack of pollution due to the remote location of the island, night skies are often crystal clear, which helps considerably in being able to see anything out of the ordinary.
We never knew why Easter Island was so frequently visited by extraterrestrials, until now.
What does this new knowledge mean to mankind? Should we try to make contact with these ancient guests of ours? Should we start building moai statues to honor those superior to us? Please leave your comments below!
Please note that this is an April Fool’s article, and it is fake.
Easter Island coast is virtually nothing but rocky cliffs, but nature gave us one sandy exception – Anakena. This beautiful gem has just been voted one of the best beaches this planet has to offer by millions of users of the world’s biggest travel review website – TripAdvisor.
Among 25 of the most highly ranked beaches, Anakena ended up at number 16. This beach has a true natural beauty, palm trees decorating the landscape and giving shade during hot days, and cosy, typical restaurants with excellent food and drinks. Though, what surely also helped to reach this list are the ancient moai statues standing in the sand, constantly reminding us of the impressive human achievements that took place in this historical location.
The list is the so called Traveler’s Choice Awards 2017, and was generated by millions of travelers voting for all of the world’s beaches during the whole year of 2016.
Below is the full list of the 25 most highly ranked beaches.
The electrical system that supplies inhabitants of the town of Hanga Roa with electricity has today collapsed. Luz Zasso Paoa, director of the local electricity provider SASIPA, explains the situation:
This is due to overuse. The capacity of our generators have been reached. We ask the community for comprehension until spare parts are arriving hopefully by next Thursday.
Luz Zasso asks the community to use electricity sparingly for the coming week and a half, until these problems have been fixed.
Recent studies found that Easter Island bees are free from mites, viruses and bacteria that are present in the rest of the planet. Isolation kept them untouched for over 150 years. As a result they could be considered as a unique species. Bees were brought in Easter Island by priests around 1850 and since then they have been pollinating mangoes, pineapples, bananas, guavas and meadow flowers.
Bee population declining globally
A study conducted by Centro de Emprendimiento Apícola of Universidad Mayor (CeapiMayor) and Corporación Apícola Chile (Cach), with the support of Fundación para la Innovación Agraria (FIA) found that these bees are the only ones in the world free from bacteria, viruses, mites and fungi. According to experts, it is excellent news for the island and the world. In our planet there are about 20,000 species of bees which are the main pollinators, but its population is declining because of pesticides and disease. It is estimated that 75% of major food crops worldwide depend on natural pollination . ‘The absence of pathogens, allow us to conclude that the sanitary condition of hives in Rapa Nui does not exist anywhere else in the world’ says Patricia Aldea, veterinarian and CeapiMayor director who led the research commissioned by Easter Island’s beekeepers and FIA.
Abundant honey production
They are not only healthy but also produce much more than any bee in country. ‘As the island has no cold season, the hive is active all year round, like flowering plants of Rapa Nui. The queen lays eggs almost eleven months a year, while in the central region of Chile it only does it between late July and early April’ says Aldea. This explains why a hive in the central area produces 20 kilos of honey a year and one in Rapa Nui produces between 90 and 120 kilos.
The health condition of bees in the island would allow beekeepers to create a Biological Reservation and even export queens and healthy genetic material. It is probable that these bees are a new species. At first sight they seem to be the common honeybee (Apis mellifera) but with not further genetic research performed this can not be assured. Patricio Madariaga, president of the Cach also emphasizes the protection of bees in island. ‘90% of the pollination is done in the island by bees, we do not see other pollinators, so it is essential to keep them safe. The bees make their hives in cliffs and we also see them in caves. That should be protected and studied and in order to do that help from the authorities is required’ he says. Honey produced in the island has a flavor and aroma of guava, banana, which is an interesting plus for the market.
Easter Island mayor Pedro Edmunds has announced that Hollywood movie star Angelina Jolie will be coming to Easter Island in 2017 to promote cancer awareness. Exact dates of her visit are not yet confirmed.
Angelia Jolie has a so called BRCA gene mutation which gave her estimated 87% risk of breast cancer and 50% risk of ovarian cancer. In 2013 and 2015 she had breasts and ovaries removed and bravely announced this publicly. Thanks to this, women worldwide who also have this cancer prone gene have become aware of their condition, saving countless lives.
Since this Monday Feb 8, the ticket check routine for entering archaeological areas in the Rapa Nui national park have radically changed. Tourists may now be asked to display the national park ticket at all of the archaeological highlights of Easter Island, as opposed to only in Orongo and Rano Raraku. The new sites are:
Te Pito Kura
Ana Te Pahu
Tickets will not be stamped at these sites and tourists may enter these additional sites as may times as they want, as long as they can display the ticket.
This is a new project of CONAF in which they have received funds to employ helpers to do ticket checks at the additional sites. Current funds will last for three months, and after this period it will be decided if it should continue or being aborted.
What do you think of this? Is this an improvement, or is it a step backwards? Share your thoughts below!