Book Excerpt: Voyages of Malolo – Robert Bonville
We’re delighted to welcome Robert Bonville, author Voyages of Malolo, who shares an excerpt and the trailer for his book.
Excerpt: Voyages of Malolo
Late one day, circa 1000 AD, Tikaroa was finding it difficult to see sufficiently to carve the final hieroglyphs into a flat length of reddish colored mahoe wood with his shark tooth tool. The final rays of the setting sun provided waning shards of light into the mouth of his seaside cave and sanctuary as he attempted to complete his work.
Tikaroa a member of the Hanau-momoku or short ears, the oppressed working class, was at one point a much sought after highly skilled stone carver of the monolithic stone statues known as moai. Now a fugitive, he was being hunted by the Hanau-epe the oppressive ruling class known as the long ears.
He was proclaimed guilty of carving sacred prayers into wooden tablets in direct violation of the kapu prohibiting any form of religion or worship other than to the moai, which littered the landscape as a constant reminder to all the people of the island.
The carved wooden tablets known as Rongo contained hieroglyphs, depicting the chants and prayers to the gods of Hawai’iki; Iao the creator, Kane the god of forests and trees, Lono the god of rainfall, agriculture, and music, Ku the god of war, and Tangaroa the god of the sea and others.
Each time a moai was completed; the short ears would make a new Rongo, and secretly distribute it among the other short ears, teaching them and their children about the virtues and kapus of their original deities and not the lifeless stone moai. This practice was proclaimed kapu by the ruling class Hanau-epe and, those committing these crimes were sought out and killed.
This combination cave and workshop was located on a small isolated island located in the southeast Pacific Ocean known to its people as Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua, the island at the navel of the earth also known as Rapa Nui or Easter Island, ruled by Miruta’a, the all powerful head of the long ears.