Easter Island Moai by Cohise.
Scholars are unable to definitively explain the function and use of the moai statues. It is assumed that their carving and erection derived from an idea rooted in similar practices found elsewhere in Polynesia, but which evolved in a unique way on Easter Island. Archaeological and iconographic analysis indicates that the statue cult was based on an ideology of male, lineage-based authority incorporating anthropomorphic symbolism. The statues were thus symbols of authority and power, both religious and political. But they were not only symbols. To the people who erected and used them, they were actual repositories of sacred spirit. Carved stone and wooden objects in ancient Polynesian religions, when properly fashioned and ritually prepared, were believed to be charged by a magical spiritual essence called mana. The ahu platforms of Easter Island were the sanctuaries of the people of Rapa Nui, and the moai statues were the ritually charged sacred objects of those sanctuaries. While the statues have been toppled and re-erected over the centuries, the mana or spiritual presence of Rapa Nui is still strongly present at the ahu sites and atop the sacred volcanoes.
Various religious symbols. From left to right:
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many go on holiday to exotic places. this video is like a 30 minute trip to south america. Do take the time to watch it, it makes one smile and it gives hope, too.
this video deserves to go viral.
Chumpi & the Waterfall
“We’re going to prove that a future without the oil company is possible”
by Gregor McLannan
Meet Chumpi, a young indigenous Achuar boy from Chicherta Village in the remote headwaters of an Amazon tributary deep in the Peruvian rainforest. Watch and share this award winning documentary about Chumpi’s journey in search of the vision of his Achuar ancestors.
The Achuar are up against Talisman Energy and other ruthless companies that are on the verge of drilling for oil in their ancestral territory. Their culture and entire way of life is at stake.
The Achuar made this film to show you how their extraordinary rainforest home is critical to survival.
Apparently, the Daasanach people collect Coca Cola/beer caps from bars to make head dresses.
Ode To Walmart Shopping Cart Pusher Guy by Nocturne Authoress
Today we salute you, Mr. Walmart Shopping Cart Pusher Guy. Without you: Who would ram the metal monstrosities into our automobiles, keeping mechanics in business? Who would be the object of affection for the same group of gossiping girls that would call out your name only to turn and blush when you looked up? Who would make our shopping experience nearly as enjoyable as you do? So thank you, Mr. Walmart Shopping Cart Pusher Guy. You’re the man.
Ouled-Nail Tunisie by Lehnert & Landrock