Archaeoastronomy and Cosmovision of Rapa Nui and Polynesia
In Rapa Nui, Edmundo Edwards as well as archaeologist, archaeoastronomer, photographer, writer, academic and above all great person and storyteller, is a koro. That is, it is one of the old ones. An older, wise man who has seen with his own eyes the many changes of the island and who, in one way or another, has also been the protagonist of its history.
Although he was born on the continent and through his veins does not run native blood nor the lineage of the original clans, Edmundo Edwards is practically another islander. He lives and works since the 60's on the island.
"In 1985, Malcolm Clark - an American who worked at NASA - came to Rapa Nui to help me register petroglyphs, we were on the north coast and he asked me where the Rapa Nui 'astronomers' lived. At that time, I did not know much about Rapa Nui astronomy, so we went to see other tupas and he told me: 'Look: this is a north-south line, which is the axis which the sky turns. "We measured the orientation of those tupas and saw that they marked the point where the Moon and the Pleiades and some constellations came in. That it was oriented by chance, he told me, was impossible. I went to Tahiti, to Raivavae and other islands in Polynesia, and measured the orientation of the altars there, they all agreed on the same thing. "
The lecture that is currently possible to see in the Rapanui Planetarium, dictated by Edmundo himself, illustrates precisely this research that is still ongoing, as Edmundo says, "On the Island there is to investigate 100 years more. The island is still a mystery."
Edmundo and the team are currently preparing other amazing lectures regarding the many expeditions, history and stories that he has experienced through the years living in Rapa Nui and French Polynesia.
For information regarding prices and availability of the lectures please contact us to +56933944202