Rapa Nui – Moais






Rapa Nui – Moais

Easter Island is famous for its  extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapanui people


The large stone statues, or moai, for which Easter Island is world-famous, were carved from 1100–1680 CE (rectified radio-carbon dates).[citation needed] A total of 887 monolithic stone statues have been inventoried on the island and in museum collections so far. Although often identified as "Easter Island heads", the statues are actually torsos, with most of them ending at the top of the thighs, although a small number of them are complete, with the figures kneeling on bent knees with their hands over their stomachs Some upright moai have become buried up to their necks by shifting soils.






Polynesians first came to Rapa Nui (later renamed Easter Island) sometime between 300 CE and 800 CE. These are the common elements of oral history that have been extracted from island legends. Linguistic, DNA and Pollen analysis all point to a Polynesian first settlement of the island at that time, but it is unlikely that other details can be verified. During this era the Polynesians were colonizing islands across a vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Hotu Matuʻa led his people from Hiva; linguistic analysis comparing Rapanui to other Polynesian languages suggests this was the Marquesas Islands. - Orongo is a stone village and ceremonial centre at the southwestern tip of Rapa Nui (Easter Island). The first half of the ceremonial village's 53 stone masonry houses ‘Orongo enjoys a dramatic location on the crater lip of Rano Kau at the point where a 250 meter sea cliff converges with the inner wall of the crater of Rano Kau. ‘Orongo now has World Heritage status as part of the Rapa Nui National Park.









Were these Statues buried under

volcanic ash?


The Kneeling Maoi




The depth at which they are buried

suggests that perhaps they are much

older that previously estimated??





The Mystery of the "Walking" Statues


One of the astonishing facts about the stone statues or moai of Easter Island is that 95 per cent of them all came from the same quarry, known as Rano Raraku. Of the 887 statues known to exist on the island, 397 of them are still in situ at Rano Raraku and 288 are known to have made it to their final destination: the ahus or platforms that were built to support them. But one of the biggest riddles about Easter Island is how the statues 'traveled' from the quarry to their platforms or ahus, sometimes as far as 20 or 25 kilometres away?



Rano Raraku in the distance, the quarry from which 95 per cent of the moai originated.When you have a massive production of these megalithic works on an island that is absolutely barren, with just grass, immediately it captures the imagination and you ask yourself 'how did it all happen?'"




The "Buried" Statues ???


A statue excavated by Heyerdahl’s team. - The yellow-brown tuff of Rano Raraku is compacted volcanic ash.  -  As a result of rubble and silt being washed down the slope, the statues set up at the foot of the quarry now stand so deep in the earth that no one has succeeded in pulling them down.


According to geologists the last volcanic activity on the island occurred 10,000 years ago.




El vulcanismo en la isla de Pascua es geológicamente reciente al tener menos de 0,7 millones de años de antigüedad.El vulcanismo más joven de la isla se concentra en pequeños rifts distribuidos a lo largo de la Isla. De estas, las lavas más jóvenes se hallan en Hiva-Hiva 3 km al norte de Hanga Roa y tienen menos de 2.000 años de antigüedad. El hecho de tener erupciones regristradas en el Holoceno, es decir en los últimos 10.000 años..???









The Lost Gods of Easter Island - BBC  ( 48 mins)

BBC documentary written and presented by David Attenborough. It explores the history of the civilization of the remote Easter islands. It was first transmitted in 2000 and is part of the Attenborough in Paradise and Other Personal Voyages collection of seven documentaries



Secrets of the Lost Empire: Easter Island ( 54 mins)

Travel to Easter Island to discover the secrets of this vanished civilization through the "moai," the massive headstones that these ancient islanders created to achieve peace and harmony, yet resulted in geological disaster.








Strange, Egg-shaped Rocks on Easter Island -  Stone Quarry -  Birdman Art - Rapa Nui's Writing – Long-ears



Ahu Te Pito Kura - The Round Stones Circle of Easter Island - Rapa Nui


This perfectly round stone has magnetic qualities (bring a compass to prove it). Scientists and archaeologists are at a loss for how the stone got to Easter Island, as it is not endemic to the island. Its name translates to “navel of the earth” and was considered the center of the island. Legend has it, this is the spot where Hotu Matu’a, the first man to set foot on Easter Island, landed.


A giant, round, beach worn boulder sits in the middle of a circle of smaller volcanic rocks. It seems normal enough, unless you consider the fact that this round boulder is nothing like any other rock on the island. In fact, it’s similar to those found in New Zealand, about 4,379 miles away.







Rapa Nui's Moais  that were never removed from the Quarries


Why where these carvings abandoned?


Rano Raraku contains numerous now empty niches where statues have been hacked out, as well as 397 figures visible on the outer and inner slopes illustrating every phase of the carving process









Rock Carvings of Bird-man


The Bird-man is a representation of a Famous Tradition where in the small Island where birds lay the first eggs in each new season,, and the first man to bring back an un-broken egg is rewarded. and becomes a leader for that year...










Rongorongo - Script


It is not clear whether the undeciphered Easter Island script rongorongo was created without outside influence ex nihilo or after contact with Europeans. The islanders' brief exposure to Western writing during the Spanish visit in 1770 may have inspired the ruling class to establish rongorongo as a religious tool. Rongorongo has few similarities to the Petroglyph corpus; and none is carved in stone despite thousands of petroglyphs and other stonework.











Ancient Mysteries - Easter Island ( 5 Mins)


The facts and theories surrounding some of the world's ancient mysteries. Easter island is a strange and haunting place with hundreds of giant stone statues. But who built them and how did they get there?



Rapa Nui Easter Island ( 15 mins)




NOVA Secrets of Lost Empires II: Easter Island  ( 54 Mins)




Mystery of Easter Island  ( 53 Mins)







 - Akhu in Hawaiian is:

The Star People…??


 - Egyptian Akhu -

 (lit. ) "Shining One," or

 "Star Person"


- Does "AKU AKU", have the same meaning in Rapa Nui ??



Aku-Aku: the Secret of Easter Island -  book by Thor Heyerdahl

Aku-Aku, the Secret of Easter Island is a 1958 book by Thor Heyerdahl that described his research at Rano Raraku and Anakena on the many giant stone statues or Moai found on Easter Island and the culture that created them.


The book and a follow-up film of the same name made a major contribution to general public awareness of both the island and the statues, outside the anthropological and archaeological communities. Much of Heyerdahl's evidence has now been refuted by archaeologists, and his methods have been heavily criticised. For example: Paul Bahn wrote: "he relied on the selective use of evidence, which resulted in a misleading conclusion".







      Polynesia - South Pacific Islands



Marae Taputapuatea is a large marae

 complex at Opoa in Taputapuatea, on the south eastern coast of Raiatea.


The site features a number of marae and other stone structures and was once considered the central temple and religious center of Eastern Polynesia.


The Marae was already established by

1000 AD with significant expansion after

this time. The marae was a place of learning where priests and navigators from all over

 the Pacific would gather to offer sacrifices

 to the gods and share their knowledge of

the genealogical origins of the universe,

and of deep-ocean navigation.



Wooden Panel at a Maori Marae or

Meeting House, Putiki, Near Wanganui .



Marae  & Taputapuatea Marae


A marae (in New Zealand Māori, Cook Islands Māori, Tahitian) malaʻe (in Tongan), malae (in Samoan and Hawaiian is a communal or sacred place that serves religious and social purposes in Polynesian societies. In all these languages, the word also means "cleared, free of weeds, trees, etc." It generally consists of an area of cleared land roughly rectangular (the marae itself), bordered with stones or wooden posts (called au in Tahitian and Cook Islands Māori) perhaps with terraces (paepae) which were traditionally used for ceremonial purposes; and in some cases, a Central Stone Ahu or A'u. In the Rapanui culture of Easter Island "ahu" has become a synonym for the whole marae complex).

View of a Marae at the archaeological complex of Taputapuatea, restored in 1994

In some modern Polynesian societies, notably that of the Māori of New Zealand, the marae is still a vital part of everyday life. However, in tropical Polynesia, most marae were destroyed or abandoned with the arrival of Christianity in the 19th Century and some of them have become an attraction for tourists or archaeologists. Nevertheless, the place where the marae were built are still considered as tapu in most islands. In the Cook Islands, a few marae (Arai-te-Tonga, Vaerota, Taputapuātea[1]) are still maintained, and are quickly tidied up before the investiture of a new ariki









Chamorran Sotnes Pillars - Guam








Latte - Chamorran Sotnes Pillars in Guam
These are “latte stones” in the Guamanian village of Hagatna. The stone pillars supported thatched roofs erected by ancient Chamorrans throughout the Marianas. Their rounded capstones prevented rats from reaching the roofs.


Latte Stones are the stone pillars of ancient Chamorro houses. Found nowhere else in the world, the Latte Stone has become a symbol and the signature, of Guam and the Marianas Islands. Original Latte Stones were comprised of two pieces, a supporting column (halagi), made from coral limestone topped with a capstone (tasa), made from coral heads, which were usually carried several miles from the quarry site or reef to the location of the house. Customarily, bones of the ancient Chamorro’s, their possessions, such as jewelry or canoes, were buried below the stones. Latte Stones are respected and are untouched. A human interloper at Latte sites may encounter Taotaomoa, or ancestral Chamorro spirits.

15 islands of the Northern Marianas share the Chamorro heritage Near Guam.











Rarotonga, Cook Islands



Traditional carvings, cultural museum, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Polynesia, South Pacific Islands





Traditional carvings, cultural museum, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Polynesia, South Pacific Islands











A Tiki on a Meae in the forest of Tohua Hikokua Nuku Hiva island - Marquises islands

Ancient tiki (Marquesan divinity) in a meeting place (Tohua) behind Hatiheu Bay, Nuku Hiva Island, Marquesas Islands, Polynesia.



Nan Madol Ruins Temwen island Pohnpei Micronesia














Nan Madol Ruins - Temwen island Pohnpei – Micronesia


Nan Madol is a ruined city that lies off the eastern shore of the island of Pohnpei that was the capital of the Saudeleur dynasty until about 1628. It is in the present day Madolenihmw district of Pohnpei state, in the Federated States of Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean.


The city consists of a series of small artificial islands linked by a network of canals. The site core with its stone walls encloses an area approximately 1.5 km long by 0.5 km wide and it contains nearly 100 artificial islets—stone and coral fill platforms—bordered by tidal canals.


The name Nan Madol means "spaces between" and is a reference to the canals that crisscross the ruins.


Ponape has a natural outcropping of prismatic basalt which was employed in the construction of all the major temples on the island.



Little can be verified about the megalithic construction. Pohnpeian tradition claims that the builders of the Lelu complex on Kosrae (likewise composed of huge stone buildings) migrated to Pohnpei, where they used their skills and experience to build the even more impressive Nan Madol complex. However, this is unlikely: radiocarbon dating indicates that Nan Madol predates Lelu. Like Lelu, one major purpose of constructing a separate city was to insulate the nobility from the common people.


Mysterious Nan Madol ( 15 mins)

Mysterious Nan Madol, island Pohnpei. And Yap Island in Micronesia. the sea level up around the end of the Ice Age!
This building was built before raise the level of the ocean - and the ocean rose to 150-180 meters in about 9000-8000 BC.( AND Yonaguni Pyramid TOO) in the years 1974-76-78, American scientists discovered the bones of the giants on the island - growths twice than the modern man - a few graves of the basalt blocks
according to extrinsic legends they were evil giants on the location of the destroyed and damaged masonry of basalt columns shows that the tsunami was moving from the Philippines - it was a huge tsunami, it has gone through the whole island - and the down like swept many basalt columns of weighing 5-10 tons! and as a the straw scattered the basalt columns weighing 5-10 tons. Perhaps it was a tsunami from a asteroid that fell in the Indian Ocean. Traces of a tsunami can be seen in Madagascar and Australia Maybe it's the tsunami occurred at the end of the Ice Age,



Nan Madol Ancient Underwater City Ruins PRE 12,000 BC ( 3 mins)












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