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Originally posted by navajoprophet
I've been looking in your site and I didnt see anything about Easter Island I wanted to know what was your guy's opion of that island and its mysterious statues? They seem pretty advanced to be built by humans and at that time as well.
Originally posted by Minime
I think it's just some kind of "art" the islanders like.
Originally posted by NashMan
I recently got a book "Wonders of the World - 100 great man-made treasures of civilization" a Barnes and Noble Book by Rosemary Burton and Richard Cavendish. It had a couple pages on Easter Island that I found interesting:
When the first Europeans approached it on Easter Sunday in 1722, they saw that the island was ringed with massive statues gazing bizarrely out to sea. The inhabitants, however, appeared welcoming, and they lit fires encouraging the visitors to come ashore. When they did so, Captain Roggeveen and his Dutch crew observed three different races amoung the islanders, some dark, some with a reddish skin, and some strikingly pale-skinned with red hair. Some of these people had curiously extended earlobes, into which large discs were fitted, and these were the ones who seeemed to show particular reverence for the giant statues.
Skipping ahead it says that in 1770 Spanish expeditions from Peru made the same observations, but "Captain Cook, reaching the island only four years later, encountered a very different scene. The land had become neglected and barren, the people were listless and demoralized, and, where there had been no sign of weapons or any warlike tendencies, they now carried wooden clubs and spears. The huge statues had been overturned, and no one seemed to workship them any more."
Tablets known as "Rongo-Rongo tablets" have been found with their language, but haven't been deciphered.
What i find interesting is that after they were visited by the outside world there society went to s**t.
Originally posted by DrpKeeGTZ
I thought I once heard that the stones used to make these statues were not from the area. Can someone shed a little light on this?
Originally posted by petey_pongo23
Okay, here is my opinion in a nut shell...
...the people had stuff to live off of, but they spent all of their time and resources worshippinh dieties. They made all of these statues, then they didn't have any resources left after they had sacrificed it all to the dieties...
...so they died, THE END...
seriously though, this is a VERY interesting subject...the pattern is repeated over and over again through the history of civilization