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Easter Island. P.2.

Sergey Dolya • 5 minutes read • March 16th, 2016

I have heard many times the stories about the extraterrestrial origin of the statues on 

Easter Island

. This is pure speculation. The "factory" that produces them is located on the slope of a volcano. Here is a little less than 400 unfinished sculptures in various stages.
Near the 15 statues, that I described in a previous article, stands an extinct volcano. On its slopes, a creative workshop is located where the 

Moai

are cut out of compressed volcanic ash. On the map this place is designated as a "workshop". There are unfinished sculptures still sticking out of the ground :

From afar this mountain does not look like a volcano.
As you come closer you understand that these are not stones but sculpted heads that are sticking out of the ground :

On the slope you can safely walk along the paths. At the entrance there is an announcement asking visitors not to touch the statues but nobody seems to notice.
The path leads to niches. There are still remains of some unfinished Moai:

Take a look at this photo. On the right you will notice another unfinished statue:

This is where almost all the from Easter island were created:

From here they were transported to their destination. There are many theories about how they were taken to their place of "residence". The legend says that the Moai walked by themselves around the island. Therefore some people suggest that they were transported while standing. This theory was tested by enthusiasts. A group of 17 people with ropes moved the statues around the island. Many other ways were invented and tested. What way of transportation aborigines use today - we don`t know. 
Sometimes, during the moving process, the statues fell down and broke. In this case, they were thrown on the spot and aborigines began to whittle a new one:

From the top we can see a beautiful view of yesterday's 15 statues (

Ahu Tongariki

):

The main tourist areas on Easter Island are equipped with stylized signs:

We drove along the coast toward the town and stopped at the point marked on the map as "fishing":

It's amazing. The ocean looks completely calm but when the waves crash on the basaltic rocks, the water rises and noisily breaks on the shore:

Fishermen do not pay any attention:

They use massive floats made of foam:

It can be clearly seen even when cast far away:

A little patience and there is a result! Caught it!


And in the city, we saw another catch. Someone's tail was sticking out of the trunk. I followed the car:

The men caught a swordfish and went from one restaurant to another, selling it piece by piece:

There are no melting glaciers, rivers or underground sources on Easter Island. The only source of fresh water is rainwater lakes in the craters of extinct volcanoes:

On the map it is marked as "crater" - Rano Kau:

In the evening we arrived in the city to another restored sculptural composition. Here is the best place on the island to watch the sunset. On the map this place is marked as "sunset":

In the next blog I will continue to talk about the statues. I`ll show the quarry with hats and I`ll tell how these hats were placed on the statues. You will also read about the capital of Easter Island, the locals and their history.

Author: Sergeydolya
Source: sergeydolya.livejournal.com
Translated by: Gian Luka

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