Text E of the rongorongo corpus, also known as Keiti, is one of two dozen known rongorongo texts, though it survives only in reproductions.

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E is the standard designation, from Barthel (1958). Fischer (1997) refers to it as RR6.

Jaussen called it also vermoulue 'wormeaten'.


Formerly at the Catholic University at Louvain, Belgium.

Reproductions exist at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, and the Musée de l'Homme, Paris.

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Destroyed. Originally a fluted tablet of unknown wood, 39 × 13 cm, in beautiful condition but for some small wormholes esp. on recto, upper right side.


One of Jaussen's tablets, Keiti was apparently collected on Easter Island by Fathers Roussel and Zumbohm in 1870 and sent to him in Tahiti. In 1888 Jaussen sent it to the headquarters of the Congrégation des Sacrés-Coeurs et de l'Adoration (SSCC) in Paris, with instructions to forward it to Charles-Joseph de Harlez de Deulin at the Catholic University at Louvain. It was sent in 1894, and stored in the university library, which was burnt down by the Germans in the siege of Louvain in 1914.


This is one of the texts Metoro Tau‘a Ure 'read' for Jaussen. However, he read the verso upside down, included the end of line 1 as part of line 2 and read it backwards, from right to left.


Nine lines of glyphs recto, eight verso, for ~ 880 glyphs in all. Pozdniakov found a sequence of glyphs known from several other tablets that is split between lines Er9 and Ev1, confirming Barthel's reading order.

Line 3 of the recto terminates prematurely, with its end wedged between lines 2 and 4, as seen also on the verso of Aruku.

Recto, as traced by Barthel. The lines have been rearranged to reflect English reading order: Er1 at top, Er9 at bottom.
Verso, as traced by Barthel: Ev1 at top, Ev8 at bottom.


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  • BARTHEL, Thomas S. 1958. Grundlagen zur Entzifferung der Osterinselschrift (Bases for the Decipherment of the Easter Island Script). Hamburg : Cram, de Gruyter.
  • FISCHER, Steven Roger. 1997. RongoRongo, the Easter Island Script: History, Traditions, Texts. Oxford and N.Y.: Oxford University Press.
  • POZDNIAKOV, Konstantin (1996). "Les Bases du Déchiffrement de l'Écriture de l'Ile de Pâques (The Bases of Deciphering the the Writing of Easter Island)". Journal de la Societé des Océanistes 103 (2): 289–303. 


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