Makemake (also written as Make-make or MakeMake; pronounced [ˈmakeˈmake] in Rapa Nui) in the Rapa Nui mythology of Easter Island, is the creator of humanity, the god of fertility and the chief god of the "Tangata manu" or bird-man cult (this cult succeeded the island's more famous Moai era). Make-Make was also god of an infamous cult called the tea cult (dawn cult). The tea cult went out only at dawn to pray.
He is a frequent subject of the Rapa Nui's petroglyphs.
The trans-Neptunian dwarf planet Makemake is so named because both the planet and the island are connected to Easter; the planet was discovered shortly after Easter 2005, and the first European contact with Easter Island was on Easter Sunday 1722. The dwarf planet's code name was "Easterbunny".
- Robert D. Craig (2004). "Handbook of Polynesian Mythology". ABC-CLIO. p. 63. ISBN 978-1-57607-894-5.
- Blue, Jennifer (July 14, 2008). "(136472) 2005 FY9 Named Makemake". Retrieved 2008-07-15.
- Mike Brown (2008). "Mike Brown's Planets: What's in a name? [part 2]". CalTech. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
- Alfred Métraux.  1971. Ethnology of Easter Island. Bernice P. Bishop Museum Bulletin 160. Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press.
- Katherine Routledge The Mystery of Easter Island 1919 ISBN 0-932813-48-8
- VAN TILBURG, Jo Anne. 1994. Easter Island: Archaeology, Ecology and Culture. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press.
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