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Moai of Rapa Nui

Unread postby sury » Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:59 am

Tongariki.
An ancient cementery, 200 meters long, that features 15 statues. It is the most important in Rapa Nui and it was restored between 1995 and 1996 by Chilean archaeologists, after its destruction by a tsunami in 1960. There are moais and pukao surrounding it. Behind it, there is the Hanga Hotu Iti bay.

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Sunrise at Tongariki

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Sunset at Tahai
This attraction is an old sanctuary. Its archaeological interest is combined with its three “Ahu”, one on the north, other on the south, and the last one in the center. In Tahai you can find archaeological vestiges of Williams Mulloy, in the southern Ahu, and in the northern moai you will see the white coral eyes. In the place is celebrated the Tapati Rapa Nui.

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Re: Moai of Rapa Nui

Unread postby aster » Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:58 pm

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They will always be waiting for that 'thing' they were created for…
Nicely captured, Sury. They look enigmatic and dark.

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Re: Moai of Rapa Nui

Unread postby sury » Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:15 pm

Thank you Yildiz. From what I gather, these statues (of the elders of a village) are ALWAYS facing the village
to "protect" them. At least that is what the guide told us. At one location they are facing the water and supposedly
the statues were the first ones to land on the island and hence looking at the sea. The guide debunked the story
which was at the site (official narrative). The guide, who is also a member of Rapanui parliament, said the statues
always faced the village. Stands to reason since the sea facing statues were not close to water but inland. It is plausible
for a village to exist between the statues location and the coast.

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Re: Moai of Rapa Nui

Unread postby aster » Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:33 pm

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Hi, Sury; :)

Thank you for the informative input. Your guide certainly must have access to more credible historical telling of how they lived at the time. The mystical mystery that surrounds them, the way they look and the sizes evoke a lot to the imagination.

Thanks for sharing,
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Re: Moai of Rapa Nui

Unread postby david antony » Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:44 am

Very interesting sury, with fine photos

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Re: Moai of Rapa Nui

Unread postby ValeryD » Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:06 am

Nice shots!
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Re: Moai of Rapa Nui - Rano Raraku

Unread postby sury » Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:30 am

Thank you Yildiz, DA and Valery. This is the quarry from which the Moai are carved.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rano_Raraku

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Re: Moai of Rapa Nui

Unread postby aster » Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:15 pm

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Very nice, Sury. :)

It's like taking a peek at history's "behind the scenes".

Thanks for sharing,
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Re: Moai of Rapa Nui

Unread postby sury » Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:18 pm

Thank you Yildiz.
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