Easter Island menIsle of Easter Men
Frequently called Rapa Nui, the development of Easter Island has become one of the most enigmatic and peculiar in the underworld. Besides the celebrated Moai sculptures of Easter Island, which are spread over the island like guards, perhaps one of the most popular motives of this isolated island in Polynesia is that of the birdman.
As the name implies, the mystical birdman, who was half man and half man, is strongly associated with the cultural activities that took place on the holy Easter Island of Orongo. Vogelmenschenkult arose after the then'Ariki Mau' (supreme chief) of Easter Island lost control, possibly due to the environmental pressures to which the isolated island was exposed.
This case of the Force marked the end of the Moai sculpture Easter Island Age. The' Matatoa' (warrior class) substituted the Moai construction of Easter Island, and the ascent of the coat of arms of birds began. Though the birdman worship continued in the field until the coming of the Christians in the middle to the end of the 1860', the birdman coat of arms was placed on the Easter Island banner from 1876 to 1888.
One of the most isolated and populated islets in the whole wide globe, the Birdman was one of the most sought after by the isolated people of Easter Island. Bird life stands for liberty and knowledge, as they can localize schools of live animals and provide nourishment, and therefore the Easter Island bird life has become important for religious, intellectual and pure cost.
Vogelmann meant the tried reincarnation of Easter Island, which had eventually driven its natural resource and the community to the bottom. There is no misconception that the birds selected for the Vogelmann logo are frigates that are among the great carnivores of the Pacific and can fly long distance.
Research into the worship of the birdman shows that he performed miracles to rescue the island' s inhabitants with his yearly birdman ceremony in his heath. Vogelmenschenkult festival took place in one of the most dramatically and beautifully places on Easter Island, known as Orongo. The Orongo Ceremonial Village with its 54 houses of stones is a breathtaking point of conflict between the powerful powers of the outdoors.
The most conspicuous thing is the shortage of Moai in and around Orongo. In Orongo, the centre of the birdman worship was always a moai sculpture made of basalt stone, which was taken away from the HMS Topaze in 1868 and brought to London.
Mata Ngarau is the holiest area in Orongo, where preachers sing and worship for the victory of the Bird Festival's eggs hunting ceremony each year. Among the most intriguing monuments in Orongo are the hundrets of Birdman and MakeMake (God of Fertility) woodcarvings that have withstood the effects of the sun for many years.
Across the rocks where the Orongo Village is situated, there is a group of small islands where some of the last bird species nest. Each year, the Birdman Ceremony took place, with each chef nominated a young champ to try to gain the bird man's treasured prize.
There they waited for the Sooty Terns to arrive, with the champion's quest to be the first to catch the first Sooty Terns' Eggog. This ceremony had just come half way, as the contestant had to jump back into the sea, which is littered with shark most of the times, and swimm back to the shore before he climbed up the rock and handed the ball to the chief of the clan that had donated it.
Whatever clan won the battle, its chief was topped as Birdman, and the clan had the first call for the island's dwindling natural resource for this year. It proved to be an inspired remedy that used the former agression of the island' s inhabitants to establish a contest that resulted in an ordered renunciation of the Isle.
It was one of the major causes that there seemed to be no sign of conflict when the Netherlands discoverers arrived on Easter Sunday 1722 and there was plenty of nourishment. Please do not hesitate to call, e-mail or talk to one of our travel specialists to schedule your Easter Island route.