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Easter Island ๐Ÿ—ฟ

Famous for its famous Moai and known to be the most isolated inhabited place in the world, Easter Island is a mystery.

Triangular in shape and located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it belongs to and has a dimension of 24 km.

Regarding the settlement of the island, it would have occurred around 400, 800 or 1200 AD according to different hypotheses and studies.

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site , Easter Island is littered with the famous Moai and other archaeological remains such as statues, constructions and inscriptions. ๐Ÿ—ฟ
Indeed, the island includes for example no less than 887 Moai from 2.5 to 10 meters and weighing an average of 13.7 tons .

The largest Moai erected, no less than 10 meters high and weighing 75 tons!

400 statues have been erected on the island, the rest being unfinished.

Moreover, an interesting fact, which personally makes me think of the famous unfinished obelisk of Aswan, is the existence of a huge unfinished Moai 21 meters high and weighing an estimated 270 tons !
Namely that petroglyphs (a symbolic drawing engraved on a rock), are engraved on the back of these statues.

Sculptures and meanings now lost and which remain a mystery.
Regarding the creators of these statues, they would have been built, erected and installed on the ahu (ceremonial platforms) by the Matamua or Haumakas - the original inhabitants of Easter Island - who would descend from Hotu Matu'a , the first King of the island.

Almost all the Moai face the interior of the island, with the exception of 7 Moai located on the sacred site of the ahu akivi , which look towards the ocean.
Monumental and mysterious statues just fascinating. ๐ŸŒŸ

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