Rapa Nui, an Ancient Civilization Whose Time has Come Again.

The following is an introduction to the reviving story of the Rapa Nui peoples of Easter Island, Chile(0). The complete Rapa Nui story has not been written yet. Further research is in process. But the Rapa Nui told their story nearly two centuries ago, when they gave the Chileans a staff called the "Santiago Staff(1)." Inscribed on the staff is a message which tells their celestial version of the Christian Gospels. In other words, the Rapa Nui translated the Christian story into their own oral celestial traditions. These traditions had been used for thousand of years before their island was conquered by the Europeans after 1722, and came to be known as Easter Island. They invented the Rongorongo script in order to keep their own culture alive and gave the Santiago Staff to their conquerors, as they converted to the Christian culture.

The Moai sculptures represent the constellation Sculptor (Egyptian Ptah and Geb, Mayan Hanahpu, Inca Wiracoqa). It is appropriate that the peoples of paradise should keep the cosmic truth alive, for they truly lived the story. Star charts for Rapa Nui show that the island is now on the galactic axis(2). This only occurs when the vernal equinox is passing through the bottom or the top of the ecliptic path. The Moai represent the resurrection of dead ancestors at the transitional end and beginning of the cycle of the equinoxes, and this represents the bottom of the ecliptic path.

In ongoing research, it has become very clear that the Ancients recognized a holistic science which they bound to their oral mythologies. It is now possible to connect specific myths of most of the great ancient civilizations, including Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek, Roman, Mayan, Inca, Aztec, and most recently Rapa Nui, to the stars. The commonality in the various celestial myths indicates that world travel is far more ancient than modern science suspects.

Several decades of research into the astroarchaeology of ancient cultures led to the Moai statues on Easter Island. The result was that it is now possible to show that the cultures of the people of Easter Island were in communication with most of the ancient world. The events of 1722 are just the most recent reminder of world travelers encountering the Rapa Nui. Long term indirect communication has occurred do to the navigational methods used by the Polynesians, and accordingly by other world travelers. The Rapa Nui methods are substantially more ancient than Biblical references, yet their mythology has many of the same correspondences. A substantial number of the correspondences are a simple result of being human, but cross culture influences were happening on rare occasions. The importance of the rare cross culture influences is in the transferring of astronomical mythology. Through astronomical mythology we can derive place and time correspondence to islands and cultures by determining the positions of the stars associated with a myth. Understanding relationships between stars and places on earth is critical to opening the door into human prehistory. The oral celestial traditions are the oldest records of human thought still available.

Astronomical mythology has been generally accepted as the process by which the Polynesians taught celestial navigation to apprentice sailors. It was also the way of their spiritual world. This web page has been set up to reveal how the astronomical navigation myths resulted in a global communication system. The communications were far from instantaneous, for periods of centuries could pass between a cross cultural event. Nevertheless, there is clear evidence that the celestial mythologies evolved as a result of various cultures spaced all around the world passing information between their various "sacred sites." This form of global awareness can account for such findings as the dimensions of the earth encoded into the Great Pyramid at Giza.

Travelers had to have good celestial mythologies to accomplish the long distance navigation. In the Pacific, the narrative connections between the stars and the islands were, in many cases, the only means of locating the islands. When this requirement is fully understood, it becomes clear that the travelers contained the essential information of the culture from which they came. If they had some of the essential information from a culture where they were going, then they could travel to the destination cultural site via the mythologies and the stars. Upon arrival, cultural exchanges would occur in the form of mythological legends which would tell the various peoples how to go from place to place. This would transfer, not only celestial knowledge, but cultural knowledge. That is the essential message on the Santiago Staff.

Given, for the moment, that the above hypothesis is accurate, then Rapa Nui represents an essential place within the complete astronomical mythologies. The place it represents is the "navel of the world." This world is the Milky Way. Rapa Nui is located such that it can be used to define the position of the Milky Way relative to the Earth. This may seem vague to anyone who has not used the stars to navigate, or even to some persons who has used the stars to navigate. But to a culture that sailed the Pacific as long as the Polynesians (all inclusive), it would be absolutely necessary to know where the Milky Way was relative to the Earth. If this information was lost, then a navigator who ventured toward an island some thousand years after the creation of the myth would get lost. In a thousand years, the Milky Way would move such that a reference island like Rapa Nui would be over two hundred miles from its mythological location in the heavens. This is a direct result of the wobble of the Earth's axis, a phenomenon also known as the precession of the equinoxes.

Rapa Nui, and many of the South Pacific islands are in the southern latitudes where the axis of the galaxy passes directly over head. Rapa Nui is precisely on the south axis of the Milky Way today. This occurrence was of critical importance to all the ancient cultures, and suggests that they had been using the galaxy for celestial navigation and migration for much longer than a single precessional year of 26,000 earth years. The pyramid complex at Giza can be shown to be a "sacred site" which carries the aggregate message of the precession of the equinoxes. (See "The Astroarchaeology of Consciousness" through SU International.)

Rapa Nui is located at a place which is of greatest importance to all of the ancient civilizations. There is a corresponding location in El Armana, Egypt (Akhetaten), which identifies the antipodal position of Rapa Nui (3) with respect to the galaxy. We know from the El Armana discoveries that Akhetaten was founded at the "navel" of the sun disk at the time of the "First Occasion," at the Horizon of the Sun Disk (4). Based upon the Egyptian, Maya, and Inca mythologies, Rapa Nui represents the place of birth and rebirth of the founding father deities, Aten, Hanahpu, Wiracoqa, etc.

The axis of the galaxy passed directly through the site which the Aten told Akhenaten to choose as the resting place of the Sun-disc. This is astronomical and archaeological evidence of most profound importance. There could be no better way to demonstrate their knowledge of the cosmos, and its Master, than to establish a central place for eternal life on Earth which corresponds with the central axis of the Horus of Two Horizons, which we call the Milky Way. On a theological basis, Akhetaten was founded so that its nadir would align directly to the bottom of the galaxy when the vernal equinox rested at the very bottom of the ecliptic path relative to the galaxy. Modern scientists, including astronomers, do not recognize an up or down to the cosmos, much less a beginning or end location. Scientific esotericism is "objective." This is just another way of saying, that the subjectivity of the senses is not important, if a precise mathematical theory cannot be defined to describe the message from the senses. Rationality in science overwhelms the source of its own hypotheses, intuition through the senses. In the greater scheme of the cosmos, intuition is feminine and down, while rationality is masculine and up. Rapa Nui is thus the navel of the intuitive holistic feminine Pagan World, and Akhetaten is the navel of the rational focused masculine Monotheistic World. This metaphor is expressed in modern theology as the Exodus up into patriarchal Israel and out of matriarchal Egypt. The eventual theologies that came from the monotheistic origins of Akhetaten identified masculine up as the proper orientation. These mythologies reflect the over land journeys of the nomadic Aryan and Semitic peoples by associating the Horizon of the Sun Disk with the Tent Post of the World.(5). In this context, the relationship between Isaac and Ishmael, two sons of the patriarch Abraham, distinguish the paths of the Torah and the Koran.

Take note of the modern constellation Sculptor at the center of the zenith star map(6). The shape of this constellation is the same as that of the Pharaoh Akhenaten (1400 BC)(7) and the Moai (400 AD)(8). All three images call attention to the navel. What the star chart clearly shows is that the zenith over the island aligns with the south galactic axis. This means that a person standing on a high place which allows a 360 degree panoramic view of the ocean will be able to see the Milky Way completely around the horizon. At that particular moment, an individual would be in essence a Moai. Passing through his head would be the axis of the galactic disk (a potter's wheel in Egypt). Underneath would be the primordial clay of creation. This would represent the rising of the dead to begin the eternal journey at the "end times," or because of the cyclical nature of the cosmos, at the "moment of the first occasion."

What this tells us is that the people of Rapa Nui were marking the island as the location of the spiritual rebirth of the cosmos, and accordingly, the day of creation. This moment is the most sacred moment of all ancient civilizations. With this knowledge of the Rapa Nui culture, it will be possible to bring back the purposes of all the ancient cultures.

Whether it is irony, fate, or divine intervention, the fact that the modern name of the island corresponds to its ancient meaning cannot be ignored. From the Easter Island Home pages it can be learned that, "The early settlers called the island "Te Pito O Te Henua" (Navel of The World). Admiral Roggeveen, who came upon the island on Easter Day in 1722, named it Easter Island. It is very interesting that the "navel of the world" happens to be directly on the axis of the galaxy, 1500 years after the island was first inhabited. Based upon the new discoveries, it would appear that they prophesied that the island would be so located, long before it happened. It is indeed ironic, "that the navel of the world" would be given a name associated with the Christian feast of resurrection, and then three centuries later be on the galactic axis and a movie with Hollywood Stars at the same time. It seems that there might be a cosmic story behind these events.

The Rapa Nui told their own story on the Santiago Staff. Steven Fischer's Rosetta Stone is the great staff of the Cosmic Master, who the Rapa Nui apparently knew as the man lying under the cosmic pillar, or the "tree of life" in western Pisces, as shown in the zenith star chart. With the Santiago Staff, we are made aware of the meaning and place of this asterism to the ancient civilizations. The cosmic pillar is located at the bottom of the staff in the hands of the man at the south, or bottom, axis of the galaxy. It is extremely important to realize that the ancient association of the Milky Way as the way of the dead had a top and bottom, an up and a down. The location of the bottom axis was essential to determining precessional time and location. When the vernal equinox passes the position in the ecliptic closest to the bottom of the axis, it begins to rise. That is a metaphor equivalent to a winter solstice, in which the sun begins its annual rise toward spring. For the Rapa Nui culture it was the umbilical connection of Mother Earth, and thus, her navel, from which she was delivered out of the womb of her Cosmic Mother, the Milky Way.

The vernal equinox of the northern hemisphere was the primary association for calendar purposes of nearly all advanced ancient civilizations, apparently even those in the south. Even the current age measures time from the beginning of the transit of the northern vernal equinox through the constellation of Pisces. In any creation epoch or myth, the beginning of the cycle represented the moment of insemination. The outward association of which is the navel. Thus, the cosmic clock passes the navel of the galaxy when the northern vernal equinox passes the lowest position along the ecliptic path. That moment is the basis of many creation mythologies, and represents reincarnation of the spiritual presence. This is the well known Egyptian story of the Phoenix rising(9) from the ashes of its funeral pyre, to become itself in a new life.

It is clear from Fisher's narrative that the Chilean officers and commander did not understand what the Rapa Nui were giving to them on the so called Santiago Staff. Being "converted Christian Rapa Nui" they were giving to the Christian masters their own version of the Gospel. Here are the words which demonstrate the Rapa Nui's intent: When the newly converted Christian Rapa Nui were handing the "Staff" to the Chilean officers, they pointed at the sky and then at the "Staff", whereby the officers immediately gained the impression that, as their commander later wrote: "these hieroglyphs recalled something sacred." The Rapa Nui apparently believed that the Christian masters were also followers of their Cosmic Creator, and they wished to show that they understood.

To help interpret the enigmatic words, we have to see the vision of the Cosmos that the Rapa Nui would have seen. The eastern horizon in 1450 illustrates the moment the bottom of the galaxy rose at Rapa Nui(10). From Fisher's essay, the following words can be used to describe the occurrence: "All the birds copulated with fish: There issued forth the sun." "Land copulated with the fish Ruhi Paralyzer: There issued forth the sun." The asterisms and notes connect the correspondences as marked in white letters. A detailed explanation of the ancient metaphysics requires too much space, but it should be clear that when birds copulate with fishes, the world has gone into the abyss of the bottomless pit. The land is the path of the planets called the ecliptic. It is where the fish Ruhi Paralyzer crosses the ecliptic that these mythological events take place. This corresponds to the east fish in the constellation of Pisces.

As further confirmation of the importance of this cosmic moment to the Rapa Nui, let Metoro's chanting begin to become intelligible to your ears. Without celestial correspondence, Jacques B.M. Guy is correct in saying: "Metoro's chanting makes little sense: ‘He is pierced. It is the king. He went to the water. The man is sleeping against blossoming fruit. The posts are set up...'"

With a celestial correspondence we can find the messages which the Rapa Nui took for common knowledge.

"He is pierced," is a gospel paraphrase, which the Rapa Nui associate with the "lance" of the west fish in Pisces(11)

"It is the king," is a gospel paraphrase, which the Rapa Nui associate with the constellations of Cepheus and Cassiopeia, the king and queen, and Andromeda. These characters play a similar role in the Greek saga of Perseus, only the Greeks saw the prince save the maiden.

"He went to the water," is a gospel paraphrase which the Rapa Nui associate with the passage of the king Cepheus through Cassiopeia to Andromeda on his way down into the celestial sea near Cetus and Pisces Australis, as Sculptor.

"The man is sleeping against blossoming fruit," is a gospel paraphrase, which the Rapa Nui associate with the asterisms between Pisces Australis, Cetus, the Great Square (Andromeda and Pegasus), and Cassiopeia and Cepheus. This is the celestial "tree of life" to the ancients. It marks the point where the sun begins to rise. Thus, the rational man, a.k.a Sculptor and bird man, is joined with the birds, Phoenix, Grus (Stork), and Pavo (Peacock), and the fishes, Pisces, Cetus, and Pisces Australis.

"The posts are set up," is an indirect gospel paraphrase, for which there are many similar literary expressions in the gospels. The cosmic message relates to the locations of the axes of the earth, the sun (ecliptic), and the galaxy, which the Rapa Nui identify as posts. When the northern vernal equinox(12) is at the position marked in the East Horizon star chart, the sun begins to rise up on its ecliptic path, or "the posts are set up" and "there issued forth the sun." The birth of the sun is undoubtedly the most important moment in the Rapa Nui creation mythology, or any ancient Pagan story. It is the moment when the earth receives the abundant rays of its cosmic provider, and is the ancient tabernacle of the sun. When this moment occurs, and only when this moment occurs, Rapa Nui is perfectly aligned with the galaxy. In the twenty six thousand years it takes the tabernacle of the sun to pass around the ecliptic, only when it is at the bottom of the path will Rapa Nui be at the navel of the world, and thus united with the sun in its tabernacle. That would be sufficient purpose to establish an outpost colony on the island, to mark the beginning of the new cosmic cycle, and keep track of the celestial wandering of the earth for all time to come. We just happen to be the descendants of ancient cultures who now have that hallowed opportunity to witness the event of Rapa Nui rising with the tabernacle of the sun in the way of the cosmic mother's milk. A simple Pagan ritual relates profound cosmic meaning, as the errant Sun returns to the Milky Way. This event can only happen after the "birds copulate with the fish" in a passage through insanity towards enlightenment, for "there issued forth the sun."

Rapa Nui lies directly on the south galactic axis for approximately 40 years every 13,000 years. Some investigators would argue that the appropriate date is around 10,500 B.C. But at that time, the autumn equinox in the northern hemisphere would be the moment of conjunction with Pisces. This would represent the moment when, "there issued forth the sun" in the spring at southern latitudes. But the sun would begin falling with respect to the galaxy, and the spiritual messages which are related to the way of the dead are inappropriate galactic metaphors. The statement, "It is the king," suggests that the passing of the northern vernal equinox through Pisces represents that proper time, for shortly after that event, the north polar axis of the earth moves into the constellation Cepheus. It is at the time when the earth enters this "Kingdom of Heaven" at Cepheus, that the vernal equinox moves into the house of Aquarius. Aquarius is the one who runs with the apparent annual movement of the sun to pour water on the man lying beside the road, and the man returns to his kingdom. That is the appropriate metaphor for the Moai. For it is very clear that the Rapa Nui expected the cosmic man, and all earthlings, to rise up from the earth and ascend to the galactic reality. That is the way they constructed the Ahu (altar place foundations) with their Moai. This story suggests that each Moai may have had a specific king, tribal chief, or regal subjects, to whom it was dedicated. This is the same message of the Egyptian Pharaohs and Mesoamerican Kings.

For further background in the celestial interpretations of ancient myths, or in how to establish an orientation to the heavens, visit the SU International Web Pages to read essays which have been posted on the development pages there. In particular, are two essays which help establish the "technology of the ancient mythology," "The Astro-Archaeology of Consciousness" and "Yes Virginia, Santa Claus is Coming Tonight." The first describes the process of reviving the ancient conscious through asterism interpretation. The second is an essay published on the anniversary of the moment that "the posts were set up." It weaves the astronomical myths of the scientific calendar into the ancient Santa Claus and Christmas Tree stories. The latter essay has an appendix which has not been posted on the Internet. The appendix in Yes Virginia identifies the Christmas Islands as another specific calendar location for the identification of the moment when "All the birds copulated with fish: There issued forth the sun." Two additional Internet essays are pending; "The Scientific Method as Presented in the Hunefer Papyrus of the XIX Dynasty of ancient Egypt" and "Life is not a spectator sport. The story of Hanahpu a Quiché Maya." These essays are complete, but not in hypertext format on the Internet, yet.

This astroarchaeology technology can be used to "dig up" ancient wisdom buried in the galaxy which will perfectly explain the enigmatic expressions made by ancient cultures. They did not have television and street lights. They had the stars, and in particular, the Milky Way. They used the galaxy, its stars, the planets, the moon, and the sun for navigating their reality. We acknowledge only the energy of the sun, not its benevolent spirit. As descendants of the Aten, Persian, and Roman tyrannies, our motto has been "Sol Invictus" for over three thousand years. It has only been in the last two decades that we have been navigating by man made stars. Now we can completely ignore the sun, for we have global satellite positioning systems that can tell us our position within inches any where under the canopy of the earth's atmosphere, as our galactic home becomes a cave of paranoid birds. Our technology fails to shine with the marvelous beauty of the ancient system, and we have to go way off the beaten path to even see the Milky Way, our cosmic mother.

It is no longer a mystery why the Ancients held the universe up in awe. As they raised the Santiago Staff to the stars, they were saying to the Chilean officers, "these hieroglyphs recalled something sacred," it is the home of our Cosmic Mother. To the Rapa Nui, the European sovereign, "God Angry Eyes," was about to destroy the world in rage, as the European rationality descended into an emotional abyss, and the "birds copulated with the fish."

The Rapa Nui appear to have tried to preserve their culture by assimilating into the Christian culture, creating the Rongorongo scriptures, and passing on their culture with the Santiago Staff. Work in deciphering the Rongorongo texts may be the equivalent of a "Rosetta Stone" for the enigma of the European Bible as seen through the eyes of the Polynesians. Its fundamental message has profound meaning to any archaeological undertaking. Archaeologists do not see themselves as high tech grave robbers, but when they arrogantly ignore the obvious messages written on the walls of our celestial cave, they commit universal sacrilege. With knowledge of the celestial connections, the Rapa Nui provided their interpretation of the European parables. This modern Rongorongo decipherment task is of profound consequence, which requires modern archaeologists to stand up to the challenge with empathy for the cultures who gave up their oral cultural existence for the sake of European manuscripts. Of all the Polynesians, only the Rapa Nui saw the need to put their story into writing. When the true story of the Santiago Staff is revealed, the Moai will rise with the sun. Rapa Nui will cease to be the loneliest island on the planet. And our ancient heritage will come to life once more, as the kings of Rapa Nui ascend from the bottomless pit to the top of the world, along the navel axis of the cosmos. The power to overcome insanity is the greatest gift of life. No rational method can define the trip through this abyss, where birds copulate with fish, but with an eye toward cosmic enlightenment, it is as easy to see as the rising sun.

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The discussion presented here is wholly supported by essays in the development pages of SU International. This information belongs to the World, however, SU International reserves the rights to the specific presentations provided. It is the intention of SU International to make available this information to fill a void in the education systems which are currently shaping and reshaping modern paradigms. Archaeology and history are helpless to determine the wisdom of ancient cultures before the invention of writing. Our educational systems are incapable of passing on the ancient oral celestial traditions as a result of their paradigm of literacy. The development pages of SU International are a doorway into the consciousness of the human experience before the invention of writing. Because the Rapa Nui had the foresight to invent their simple form of memory recording, we have the opportunity to pass through that doorway to find our own ancient roots. In the process of walking along the ancient roads, seaways, and starways, we may discover "news" that has been forgotten before it ever became documented by ancient historians and archaeologists. Humans who could navigate the whole world without the record of rationalizations we call literature, may be illiterate, but they were far from ignorant. They can still teach us a lot about ourselves. The Polynesian Vatican is another example of the ubiquitous nature of the ancient mythologies of gentle priest-kings.

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