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Ashtronort | Easter Island
Quiet headed sculptures of the Rockhead of Rafa Nui National Park (also known as Easter Island), rightly known as MOAI, are a real testament to the skill and perseverance of the old seafaring civilization that dragged them out of the island's subsoil. The Orthodox story recounts that a group of Polynesians once rode their boats across the vast Pacific Ocean and found one of the most remote of the world's remote isles, Rafa Nui, about 3,700 km from South America and 1,100 km (1,770 km) from the closest neighbouring island.
When it was discovered, the island of Rapa Nui was said to have been densely overgrown with palms, but the fellowship that emerged from the canoeists who first established themselves on the island incorrectly administered the island's timber reserves and gradually used up almost all the island's vegetation.
First they felled down to cultivate and cultivate property and then constantly felled firewood, spare cannus and construction material for their cabins, until after several hundred years of untenable misuse there were hardly any left over and the island's populations shrank accordingly. The canoeists are said to have been living on the island for about 1200 years and during this period they have made 887 monumental statues out of boulders of vulcanic stone with different weight from 30 to 270 tonnes and a height of 5 to 20m.
A number of thought institutions suggest that the island may have been inhabited as early as 300 BC and 800 BC. When you look at the picture above, you see a lot of earth piling up at the bottom of the crag. The loosely formed ground cover the ground of many sculptures in the lowlands around, as can be seen clearly in this photograph.
Nowadays we should remember that we can only see (and count) the sculptures that stand upright and that all the sculptures that have collapsed would be completely coverd by the light soils. In my view, there are many more inexplicable Moai sculptures lying horizontal under these heaps of repressed soils.
Take a close look and you will see two half-carved Moai sculptures in the picture above. This statue was sculpted and placed in the midst of nowhere, on bumpy, hills. It was clearly not intended that these sculptures be shown or exhibited as a sign of power and skill, they were exclusively for canoeists.
Moai are not monolithical sculptures of people' s minds in the meaning of "Olmec", for ALL Easter Island sculptures actually have stones. After the Giza Sphinx was once surrounded by sand from the deserts, only her face and throat were still seen when the Europeans came to the area.