When I think of Easter Island, I think of those statues with the ginormous heads (see above). It wouldn’t really surprise me if for most people this is what comes to mind, as these figures are an island staple. Although commonly called the Easter Island heads, there real name is Moai. It might be a better idea to stick with actual name since the figures DO in fact have bodies, just most have been covered up by the earth over time.
Made up of volcanic rock, the creation and transportation of Moai have been questioned and theorized for years. Some stand 30 feet tall and weigh tons. Needless to say, erecting them without modern day equipment may have been difficult. That’s why I like the theory that the same aliens who helped out with pyramids were generous enough to assist in the construction of Moai. Although the idea that the Polynesian colonizers of the island had power to command the statues to walk seems like a fun idea too…
But isn’t it suiting that we post this blog the day before Easter Sunday? I think so. The island wasn’t named Easter Island because the land is inhabited with a lot of bunnies. It actually was discovered on Easter! Dutch explorer, Jacob Roggeveen, was actually searching for another island (doesn’t it always happen that way?) when he came across Easter Island on April 5th of 1722.
So check out these images (and the more we have back at Newscom) of Easter Island. Oh, and Happy Easter!
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