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Orongo - The Bird-Man Place

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Il Villaggio cerimoniale di Orongo, sulla punta estrema dell'isola, a strapiombo sull'oceano e battuto dai quattro venti. Qui si svolgeva il rito religioso-politico del Tangata Manu ( Uomo-Uccello) . Il capo del clan il cui rappresentante riusciva per primo a riportare intatto un uovo di Manutara (Sterna Fuscata) deposto su uno dei tre isolotti al largo, avrebbe governato l'isola per un anno.

  

One of the most famous motifs on Easter Island is that of the Birdman, half man and half bird, connected to cult events at the sacred site of Orongo.The purpose of the birdman contest was to obtain the first egg of the season from the offshore islet Motu Nui. Contestants descended the sheer cliffs of Orongo and swam to Motu Nui where they awaited the coming of the birds. Having procured an egg, the contestant swam back and presented it to his sponsor, who then was declared birdman for that year, an important status position.

     

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Taken on December 14, 2006