Trip Report #2 Easter Island
If you missed the first report, here’s a LINK to the beginning.
Easter Island is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world. It’s where the white dot is.
It is famous for its monolithic stone statues called Moai (“Mo-eye”)Specific details about their history are sketchy because there was no written language of the Rapa Nui, only verbal legends passed from generation to generation.
I first saw these statues in my grandmother’s National Geographic, when I was maybe 10 or 12 years old. If my memory is correct, at that time they believed the statues were erected to scare people away from the island.
But the statues are facing inland, not out to sea, and they were carved to embody the deified spirit of a deceased ancestor. Their presence was to remind you that your ancestors who had passed on to the next world were near.
There are few trees on the island [in part] because they cut them all down to roll the Moai into position, ultimately deforesting the island and destroying many of its natural resources. Loss of large trees meant that residents were no longer able to build boats, significantly diminishing their fishing abilities.
Next up: Peru.