- Pacific (culture)
- Friendly and Dangerous (behaviour)
These are supernatural beings from the beliefs of the Easter Islanders. The Tatane usually appear in the form of beautiful young girls and boys so that they can gain the trust of humans and relate to them. However they sometimes appear as birds, mammals and even inanimate objects. Some are known to be very shy and remain in their invisible form. The Tatane taught mankind essential skills in cooking, clothing and hunting. Some Tatane are malicious in their nature and cause suffering to others. The Tatane are said to live in societies and in families just like humans.
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