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  Rapa Nui Flag
by pure1942

While the Chilean flag flying from the navy base in Hanga Roa reminds visitors of who is ultimately in charge, the locals have a fierce sense of independence and you are far more likely to see the red and white flag of Rapa Nui proudly displayed around the village. This is often to the annoyance of the Chilean authorities who insist that the only flag officially permitted to fly is the Chilean flag. This is largely ignored and while having no real anti-Chilean intentions or separatist connotations, it is widely flown in conjunction with pro-independence movements and demonstrations and is a large part of the permanent independence display near the central market.
The unusual flag has a red ?reimiro? set against a white background. A ?reimiro? was a crescent-shaped chest plate traditionally worn by women and carved from wood. The name reimiro is a combination of the ancient Rapa Nui words ?rei? and ?miro? roughly meaning ?boat stern?, which may have come from the boat like shape of the ornament. Each end of the reimiro is finished with an intricate carving depicting a human head. One rongo-rongo tablet (currently on display in the British Museum) in existence today is actually a reimiro complete with a line of the mysterious writing.

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  • Written Nov 2, 2011
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