The indigenous Rapa Nui community of Easter Island was able to prevent the virus from spreading from its territory. He credits the island’s success to an ancient Polynesian tradition called Tapu. It is essentially a self-care principle based on respect for the norms of nature, with spiritual restrictions and shared prohibitions at its core. Tapu is believed to be the origin of the English word “taboo”. They also turned into another tradition called umanga or reciprocal labor between neighbors. This gave islanders a shared sense of purpose when they had to locally grow their food because of the quarantine.
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