Travelling to Mysterious Places. Easter Island and its Secrets

Travelling to Mysterious Places. Easter Island and its Secrets
Ignacio Zara

Travelling to mysterious places. Easter Island is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world. It’s famous for its 887 monumental statues.

Travelling to Mysterious Places. Easter Island and its Secrets

All fifteen standing moai at Ahu Tongariki. Bjorn Christian Torrissen – Own work by uploader,

1.- Easter Island is famous for its 887 monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people.

2.- Moai are monolithic human figures carved from rock between the years 1250 and 1500.

3.- They are mainly the living faces (aringa ora) of holy ancestors (aringa ora ata tepuna).

4.- The statues still gazed inland across their clan lands when Europeans first visited the island (around year 1722). But most were cast down during later conflicts between clans.

5.- The tallest moai erected, called Paro, was almost 33 ft high and weighed 82 tons.

6.- Easter Island is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. The nearest continental point lies in central Chile (2,182 mi) away.

7.- Polynesian people settled on Easter Island in the first millennium CE, and created a thriving culture.

8.- The Polynesian rat and overpopulation led to gradual deforestation. It caused the demise of the Rapa Nui civilization.

9.- Since the island was treeless by the time the Europeans first visited Easter Island, the movement of the statues was a mystery for a long time. However, pollen analysis has established that the island was almost totally forested until 1200 CE.

10.- The statues face away from the ocean and towards the villages as if to watch over the people. The exception is the seven Ahu Akivi, because they face out to sea to help travelers find the island. In fact, there is a legend that says that there were seven men who waited for a powerful king to arrive.

Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you.

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  • Milagros

    The Easter Island mystery is mainly due to its isolation. This made the Rapa Nui culture and history have not been completely unraveled and made the Easter Island myths and legends very relevant.

Ignacio Zara

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