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Easter Island. P.3.

Sergey Dolya • 4 minutes read • March 18th, 2016

The flora and fauna of 

Easter Island

is rather meager. All of the trees had been cut down by the first settlers, and only stray dogs and wild horses are free to wander around among other living creatures on the island. Today I will finish the story about Easter Island.
Horses walk quietly around the island, often blocking movement:

Early in the morning we went to the place where you can see the only statues that are not on the shore and are looking at the sea.

It is generally considered that each 

Moai

was created in honor of a specific leader or person. These seven sculptures were set in honor of the first settlers.

The story goes that they came from the islands of French Polynesia in 300 AD. The heyday of the island took place in the 15th century when the population reached 12000 people. The entire population of the island consisted of many clans and tribes but all were divided into 2 different nations, "long-eared" and "short-eared". The first were much more advanced. They were the ones to have built all the Moai. The "Short-eared"  nation were like slaves. In the 16th century they revolted and killed their oppressors. On the island, especially in quarries, it seems that the construction of idols ended suddenly. The reason is explained not by the invasion of aliens but because of that rebellion.
Some Moai stand with their hats. They are cut out of red stone in the place that marked "hats" on the map:

These hats are not planted on the idols like a children's pyramid but are simply placed on the top. There are 2 main theories about how they were installed. Schematically they are presented at the bottom of the following picture:


The hats come in a range of different forms. The most popular are those with a little ball on the top:

Polynesians dye their hair with red ocher and like to style it in a vertical pigtail. This is the reason for the color and shape of these hats. Just look at the pigtails of the locals:

We decided to visit the place where we saw the sunset yesterday once more:

Here stands the only statue that "sees". Easter statues have very deep eye sockets because earlier their eye sockets were filled with corals and statues looked as if they were alive. As time passed, all of the corals fell out and the 

Moai

became blind.

On the main street in the morning you can buy local fruits

As well as on the mainland territory of Chile, there are a lot of stray dogs there. All the trash is lifted higher because dogs usually drag it.

But it does not stop clever cats:

At this point I will finish the story about our journey to South America and Antarctica.
Author: Sergeydolya
​Source: sergeydolya.livejournal.com
Translated by: Gian Luka

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