Polynesian Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of Polynesia


Rapa Nui Ancestral Spirits

Spirits of the Dead

As their Supreme God Makemake was somewhat unreachable, the ancient inhabitants of Easter Island also practiced ancestor worship, turning to the spirits of their forefathers for guidance.

Many of the famous Moai statues are probably representations of great-great-great-grandfathers. But information is scarce and the Aku-aku are as elusive as everything else on Easter Island.

They probably retired a long time ago and now live a quiet life — except during the tourist season.

Aku-aku Facts and Figures

Name: Aku-aku
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male and female
Type: Spirits
Area or people: Rapa Nui people of Easter Island, Polynesia
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Ancestors and Ancestral Spirits
Area of expertise: Ancestors

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
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Article last revised on April 29, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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