„Shelter Me“ is telling one of my favourite tales. The people on Rapa Nui feared the evil spirits they called Aku Aku. Legend has it that the wood carver Tuu-ko-ihu went for a walk one night and found two sleeping spirits who had dispensed with their clothes due to the heat. He got scared when he saw that they only consisted of a head, skeleton and abdomen. They were unspeakably ugly. He ran home as fast as he could and carved statues of the spirits (Moai Kavakava). When the spirits heard that they had been seen the next day, they went to the wood carvers house. However, as they saw their wooden images at the door, it scared them so much, that they ran off and never went back to the house ever again.
I have brought a Moai Kavakava back with me as well. It is hung up in the entrance corridor of my apartment so that no evil spirit will ever come to haunt me;)
I remember how it used to be
we gave them food, we gave them drinks,
we offered dinner to our invisible guests
to appease their minds, giving them our best
I remember how it used to be.
One! Two! I can see you!
Tell me who you are
Lord, the naked truth crossing my way.
Shelter me the ghosts are out again,
take care of me `cause I won ́t feel the pain.
Shelter me I don ́t know where to go
Please save me my hero Raraku.
We were afraid of breaking a tabu
We were afraid of dark cold nights,
Father will they come to get us?
Brother will they come to kill us?
Are Moai Kava Kava hanging on the wall?
Two males sleeping by the way
Lying in the grass, skinny and pale.
They were so ugly, unable to see
their reflected image of wood.