The Bird Cult of Easter Island

  title={The Bird Cult of Easter Island},
  author={Scoresby Routledge and K. Routledge},
IN the issue of Folk-lore for December last Mrs. Scoresby Routledge gives a singularly interesting account of the bird cult of Easter Island. The sacred bird is the sooty tern (Sterna fuliginosa), and the valued privilege of securing the first egg is a matter of competition between members of the Mata-toa group, the right to become a competitor being acquired only by supernatural agency. The selection is made through a dream vouchsafed to a divinely gifted individual, the Iviatua. The candidate… 

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