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Rapa Nui or the Ladle of the World is more commonly known as Easter Island Originally settled by king Matuatani 1500 years ago the island grew and divided into several tribes who believed very strongly in pleasing the gods of their religion Religious suffrage was thought to come from building large statues Muis Having not had contact with anyone but themselves the tribes believed they were the only ones on earth and the rest of the lands in the world had sunken The two main political actors acting as groups in the movie are the tribes of the long and short ears They compete to designate a hegemonic authority the Birdman every generation which then has complete control over the island and the operations of building the Mui According to the islanders legend ten years before its discovery by eastern civilization on Easter Sunday 1752 various oppressed tribes and the long ears engulfed in a civil war where the neglect of natural human rights fueled resource mobilization to overthrow the current central authority figure The goals of the short ears became apparent when the priest of the long ears killed an innocent man for breaking a taboo The old man claming it was an accident pleaded for his life Other short ears were hungry tiered and satisfied with their work on the Mui but the long ears were not A common interest had been created it was now time to stand up for themselves against the long ears Clearly emotions and feelings of suppression which generated a common sentiment drove this revolt The tribes focus arose from this feeling and not from a cost benefit analysis They must have felt that revolution was the only solution The short ears had tried asking for more food and better everything from the long ears with no luck before the revolution This coupled with the relentless pressure to build the Mui was simply not acceptable to the
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