The wisdom of the Waitaha
According to the traditions different peoples, different races even, were led to this place on earth coordinated by a powerful impulse. It was a radiating centre – a mystery centre it is said, for the entire Pacific region. Hutu Matua, the famous heroine of the Maori people of Polynesia, and Kiwa, the navigator of the Uru Kehu from the East, from South America, came from areas at least 8000 km apart, to meet at the loneliest place in the world.
This implies more than the personal fate of two people. Just as later their grandson Maui searched and found the uninhabited New Zealand, driven by an inner command rather than a lust for discoveries. Finally another race found their way to the Easter Island, the “stone people” who were described as an independent third race. They were led purposefully to this place, despite their great peregrinations that far exceeded the residential boundaries of the different groups. For over a thousand years this place, Easter Island, was a starting point as a mysterious centre in the South Pacific, full of spiritual tension.
On the basis of the Song of Waitaha we can write a new chronology, based on the history of more than 70 versions of the story. In it we also find a report of the huge volcanic eruption of Tamatea on the North Island of New Zealand. This took place about 1,700 years ago.
Around the beginning of our era Maui, the grandson of Hotu Matua and Kiwa, set foot on land in New Zealand after traveling from Easter Island. In the third and fourth centuries the country was accessed by many races. Among other things potatoes were imported from Easter Island. Pounamu (Greenstone), the sacred stone of New Zealand, a type of jade, was gathered for its healing power and spread throughout the Polynesian archipelago. This period lasted for about 37 generations, until sometime in the twelfth or thirteenth century AD. Through the raids of the warlike Maori from Polynesia the ‘old people’ perished, without having been able to assimilate the knowledge of Easter Island.
The history of Easter Island can also be rewritten according to the insights of ancient traditions. According to the Song of Waitaha the first colonization took place simultaneously. From Polynesia came Hotu Maua and her people, and from South America came Kiwa during or before the beginning of the era. A little later a third people arrived, probably from Asia. In the fourteenth century, violent Polynesians
, who did not maintain the ancient culture, brought strife and conflict to Easter Island and New Zealand. This ultimately caused the old Easter Island culture to perish in the seventeenth century.
The testimonials found on Easter Island showed not merely that some local tribal culture developed, but evidence for a high civilization. The still remaining giant stone statues are found only here in the world. It is hardly imaginable how people who had no iron tools could create, transport, and erect such sculptures, up to 12 meters high and with a weight of more than ninety tons. There is an unfinished figure with a height of 21 meters in a trench. Writings of this civilisation have also been found, which are among the few languages that have not been deciphered so far. What is striking is its similarity with the script of the Indus culture in Northern India (Mohenjo-daro, Harappa), which also has not been deciphered yet.
The splendour of the rainbow
The stone sculptures have a striking resemblance to the stone-carved figures in Mongolia which also stand alone in the landscape, but however have no legs. In the Song of Waitaha there are some, be it vague, indications for an Asiatic origin of the “stone people” (Luke Takapo), who came to Easter Island under the direction of Rongueroa and who were probably the creators of the stone carvings. After all, they came from the “highest mountains – the roof of the world”. But this cannot mean the Andes, because Kiwa came from there. The origin of the three different nations from totally different directions and currents is emphasised several times.
In the collective memory of the Easter Island culture there is talk of multiple catastrophes in which fire plays a role. These catastrophes may have been caused by volcanic eruptions or fire that ‘fell’ from heaven. There is also talk of a great flood, a huge wave caused by a seaquake, from which archaeologists have found traces. Yet the story tells that: “In the splendour of the rainbow the certainty is decided that the flood will never come back and no more cover the earth with the deep water. In the rainbow the colours of all peoples of all countries are visible; the dream has been fulfilled: the promise of peace. Because the fire is yet to come to purify and heal, he is not speaking of the big fire.” This demonstrates knowledge of great floods and other calamities which caused the downfall of unknown civilizations, long before the experiences of the elders and ancestors speak of them.
Wouldn’t the mystery centre on Easter Island go as far back as the earliest faded times of origin? Is that perhaps the origin of the original knowledge of humankind, possibly through the mystery centre in the Gobi Desert in Inner Asia? Does the knowledge of the great floods and the emergence of the rainbow also come from here?
The upper and lower jaw
The traditions of the Waitaha and the other ancient people mention nothing concrete about mystery teachings, initiations or cults. Yet we can clearly separate two levels of knowledge and wisdom: the sacred stories of the ‘upper jaw’ and the voice of the ‘lower jaw’. The ‘upper jaw’ was strictly confidential and only a few chosen ones educated from birth onwards became familiar with it. This implied that the chosen ones should be gentle people. The ‘power of the upper jaw’ was never entrusted to one who lived for himself rather than for others. And it was never passed to people ‘who were possessed by anger and brought sorrow’. Access to these areas of knowledge was only granted to those people who had extraordinary skilled awareness and great spiritual gifts. They approached the ‘elders’ of the world, and participated in a kind of original knowledge, the authenticity of which is reflected in their continuous and consistent verbal lore.
The voice of the “jaw” however, is not bound, subject to any prohibition or silence; his stories ‘evoke the young and the old’ at the evening fire, where they experience worlds that are more real than one can touch, more clear than one can see, and more beautiful than one could sustain. Each of these stories is like a grain of seed; they do not germinate everywhere, but there are always some listeners who will certainly recognize the true spirit within.
This early culture of the South Pacific is characterized by mutual peace, harmony with nature, and great knowledge of life processes and energies of ether fields. Indeed, the area was mostly “pure”, i.e. spiritual and subtle energies hardly met with resistance. This also applies to New Zealand; there were no higher mammals and human presence came significantly later than in other areas. This is shown amongst other things, by the colour of the plants and flowers, almost all having striking and bright colours.
The original inhabitants, as we know them from the Song of Waitaha, fitted completely into this world. They were gentle harmonious people who avoided conflict, anger, and annoyance as much as possible. Those things would have been punishment to them. They were very tolerant, but they cast out violent people from their community. When foreign conquerors such as the Maori brought threat and conflict to the country, this meant the end of their culture. They could not live with the violent and unrestrained mentality of their conquerors.
The earliest inhabitants of the islands must have also known, apart from the afore mentioned qualities, a great courage and perseverance. They were young men and women who were chosen for these voyages. They sailed from Easter Island to New Zealand, and to South America and back in bound tree canoes unaided except for the sky above the endless sea.
During the decades that lie behind us, many souls from younger generations, mainly originating from America and radiating out to Europe and the rest of the world, brought surprising new impulses, striving for peace, love and a totally new inner relationship with nature, which eventually led to a new environmental awareness.
Could it be that the old impulses of the Easter Island culture are active in a modified form today? Could a flourishing culture rise again, in which the qualities of peace and knowledge of life forces, are sustained and educated intensively in a new epoch?