Easter Island, Part II: The Statues, The Moai

I could go on and on about the mystery and intrigue of Easter Island, but I think I beat the topic to death in Part I of this report.  People tend to visit Easter Island for one solitary reason: to see the Moai.  There is a lot of mystery about these statues, indigenous to Easter Island and left there by the native Rapa Nui people, ancestors of whom still populate the island today.  There is a lot of mythology about the statues and there are numerous people who have dedicated their lives and livelihood to researching and discovering the untold secrets of these incredible statues.  I am not one of them, but that’s ok.  I didn’t come to understand everything about the Moai on this trip, I just wanted to live in their world for a bit and experience the culture of what, if not for the daily LAN flights, could accurately be called the Land of the Lost. I’ll try to fill in the blanks where I can, but I like exploring on my own and didn’t take a tour, so I no doubt missed out on a lot of details about the Moai.  There are plenty of resources online that do a much better job than I ever could.  One of the most recommended books I came across is A Companion to Easter Island, by James Grant-Peterkin, a British native who visited the island to study its unique linguistics (a blend of Spanish and Rapa Nui) and fell… read more

Easter Island, Part I: Coach, Coach, Coach, Coach, Coach, Coach, and Coach

Easter Island.  Rapa Nui.  The very name invites intrigue and mystery.  The island is under Chilean sovereignty, where they call it Isla de Pascua (literally: Place Where People Look For Stone Faces). Before we get into the details, let’s cover some logistics. Where the heck is Easter Island? It’s one of the most remote inhabited places on Earth.  Quick, think of Santiago, Chile.  Ok, now, think of Tahiti.  Easter Island is about halfway between the two.  Still confused?  Let’s try this. Not helpful?  Ugh, fine, here it is a bit more zoomed out:

 

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