Rapanui Proper and Place Names versus Rongorongo Texts

© Sergei V. Rjabchikov

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Part 13.


1. Cf. Maori paina ‘to warm oneself’.

2. The Maori expression ara matua ‘the main road; ecliptic’ is known, see Best 1955.

3. This fish is a symbol of the death, too.

4. Cf. also Rapanui huri ‘to give to drink; to pour’.

5. Old Rapanui teketeke ‘chief; lord’ is registered in a brief Rapanui vocabulary which was composed during Felipe González’ expedition in 1770 (Mellén 1986: 311), cf. also Maori take ‘king’ (< ‘ancestor’), cf. Marquesan teke ‘to sprout’. The tuna is an incarnation of the god Tangaroa, see Fedorova 1978: 24.

6. Cf. Rapanui motu ‘to carve’.

7. I have transcribed this place name as Ana tau rongo earlier, see Rjabchikov 2008a.

8. This text is interpreted by I.K. Fedorova (1978: 190-191, 354) partially.

9. A modified version of this chant is also known, see Barthel 1962b: 847.

10. If the word ahouu reads a honu, the words Ana Ahouu Mata ta(h)i will read Ana a [or Ana] honu(i) Mata ta(h)i ‘The main house of the First Face (= the statue Hoa-hakananaia)’.

11. K. Routledge (1998: 263) reads Rapanui komari as ko mari.

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