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PART II
EASTER ISLAND
  
OUTLINES OF COAST AND POSITION OF PRINCIPAL MOUNTAINS, MAINLY FROM U.S.A. HYDROGRAPHIC OFFICE CHART NO. 1119.
POSITIONS OF CERTAIN LESSER MOUNTAINS, FROM EYE-SKETCHES BY THE AUTHOR.
HEIGHTS OF RANG AROI AND RANG KAO, FROM ADMIRALTY CHART NO. 1386.
HEIGHT OF RANG RARAKU, AS DETERMINED BY LIEUT. D. R. RITCHIE, R.N.


 


GLOSSARY OF NATIVE WORDS FREQUENTLY EMPLOYED

Ahu - A burial place

Mataa - Obsidian spear-head

Aku-aku - Spirit

Maunga - Hill

Ana -Cave

Miro - Wood

Ao - The clan or clans celebrating bird rites

Moai - An image

Ao – A ceremonial paddle

Motu - Islet

Ariki - Chief

Nui - Big

Atua - God

Paina - A wooden figure, also the function connected with  it

Hanga - Bay or foreshore

Péra - Taboo for the dead

Haré - House

Poki -  A child

Hau - Hat

Raa -  Sun

Hopu - Servant to fetch " First egg"

Ranga -  Captivity

Itt - Small

Rano -  Crater lake, also the extinct volcano

Ika - Fish

Rapa - Small dancing-paddle

Ivi-atua  - Person supernaturally gifted

Roa - Long

Kai - Eat

Rongo-rongo - Sacred words

Kaunga - Function in honour of a mother

Také - Ceremonial retreat

Také - Ceremonial retreat

Tangata - Man

Ko - Definite article before proper nouns

Tangata ika - A slain man

Kohau rongo-rongo - Tablet with script

Tangata manu - The bird-man

Koro - Function in honour of a father

Tangata rongo-rongo - Man learned in sacred words (generally the script)

Marama - Light (In Tahitian=moon)

Tatane - Spirit (from "Satan")

Manu - Bird

Te - Definite article before common noun

Manu-tara - The sacred bird (Sooty Tern)

Tea  - White

Máta - Clan or group

 

 

Words such as nui, iti, and roa, when they have become in themselves geographical names, are treated as proper nouns, otherwise as adjectives.


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