The Disappearance Of The Children Of Viracocha, Part 2: Inca Epilogue, Chachapoyas, Rapanui, Aotearoa And Hawaii (cont.)
By Brien Foerster
In the oral traditions of the people of Rapanui, the first colonizer was a seafaring chief called Hotu Matua. The translation of this is Hotu=star and Matua=father, so sky father. Again, like the discussion above, does it maybe mean “father from the sky” or “father who looks at or watches the sky.” If it is the latter, then could could simply mean that Hotu Matua was a celestial navigator, if the former, well no, we are not going to go there in this paper.
It is said that Hau-Maka had a dream in which his spirit travelled to a far country, to help look for new land for King Hotu Matua. In the dream, his spirit travelled to the Mata ki te rangi (Eyes that look to the Sky).
The seaport of Matarangi and the original name of Rapanui are almost identical, which may be a coincidence but maybe not. It is very common for people to name a new land after their homeland ( remember Plymouth rock in the USA; where did they come from?)
Hotu Matua was a “Long Ear” as were the other nobility that made up Rapanui. The other class of citizen were called the “Short Ears.” Interestingly, the process of lengthening of the ear lobes by inserting metal objects in them was also a practice of the Inca.
There is much debate as to when the first migrants reached Rapanui; the carbon 14 based studies of Thor Heyerdahl suggest a date of around 400 A.D., but other researchers claim the date to be closer to 800 A.D. This time frame fits in with the culture at Tiwanaku either being still vibrant, or in decline. Thus the theory that Hotu Matua (probably having an ealier quechua or aymara name that was changed through time) was the founding father so to speak could have been the result of exploration and expansion, or survivors from Tiwanaku seeking a new home.
Some plants on Easter Island clearly come from South America, such as the islanders’ staple food the sweet potato (which is known by its Quechua name kumara), and also manioc and gourd. Similarly, two species of freshwater plants, found in Easter Island’s crater lakes but nowhere else in the Pacific, and both useful to man, come from South America. One of them was the totora reed, which dominated the banks of South America’s Lake Titicaca and was cultivated in vast irrigated fields in the desert valleys on the coast below; it was used for making mats, houses, and boats. The other was known to the islanders as tavari, and was used as a medicinal plant. Like the totora, it grew in Lake Titicaca. This last information supports the case for contact with Tiwanaku.