Thanks for posting this. Sure many here would like to participate if they could, myself included.
: Tapati Festival
: The Tapati Festival on Rapa Nui is one of
: the largest cultural festivals in all of
: Polynesia. Part of the festival involves
: selecting a Queen Rapa Nui, and the parade
: is part of the voting process. On the
: afternoon of the parade, people head to one
: of the two camps for the family and Queen
: you want to vote for, you strip naked and
: dip yourself in colored mud. Once dry, they
: will paint symbols on your body and then you
: march in the parade behind the float with
: your Queen. If you are fully decorated, then
: the judges give you a 10. If you aren't
: completely covered in mud and decorated, you
: might earn a 5, a 2, or a 0, and your vote
: is weighted accordingly.
: the light smqll loincloths are
: encouraged,and enjoyed by all.. if you
: want to enjoy the loincloth experience in an
: open society,,, this is the place to do it.
: Most everyone participates, and it is one of
: the highlights of the two-week long