Friday, December 23, 2011

Easter Island, Tahiti

This island lies between Tahiti and Chile, and won international fame as the colossal statue of remarkable human face shape. Each statue is 14 feet tall (about 4 meters), weighing about 14 and made of volcanic stone, and are the work of the Rapa Nui society. As yet unknown how this statue is made with primitive technology owned by these communities. There are various theories about the origin and meaning statues, including one of them is fantastic theory that says that the statue was made by a UFO. But, until now the truth of all the existing theory has not been revealed.

Large statues of stone, or Moai, which became a symbol of Easter Island were carved during the earlier than expected. Now estimate the archaeological carving took place between 1600 and 1730, the last statue was carved when Jakob Roggeveen discovered the island. There are more than 600 large monolithic stone statues (Moai). Although parts have seen only "head", Moai actually have a complete torso; but many who have been buried Moai up to his neck. Most were carved from stone in the Rano Raraku. Mines there seems to have been abandoned abruptly, with statues of the left half of the stone. Popular theory states that the Moai are carved by the Polynesian inhabitants (Rapanui) at this island most of the trees and the natural resources that sustain many native populations Rapanui 10000-15000. Majority Moai still standing when Roggeveen arrived in 1722. Captain James Cook also saw many Moai standing when he landed on the island in 1774.

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