Church Mass on the Sea

Category: Sense of Place


Photo and caption by Marcelo Silva

"Te Pito o Tehe Nua" means the navel of the world. The original name of Easter Island describes, with the poetry of the ancestral languages, the isolated location of Rapa Nui in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It has become popular by his mysterious stone giants, but also for being the most remote place on earth (2.500 miles of the most nearby inhabited place). In a land where the sea is simply everything, the rapanuies take beyond his borders the offerings and most important celebrations as a projection of their distance feelings and to show the ancestral respect to "Vai Kava" (the sea).

Location: Easter Island, Chile


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