The mysterious statue figures of Easter Island.
Opinion is divided regarding their purpose; some people believe they represent tribal leaders or ancient ancestors (see AKU-AKU) — and some people don't. The subject has been ripe with rampant speculation, and Easter Island attracts cranks like you wouldn't believe.
The mystery is enhanced by the fact that most of the MOAI weigh a truly ridiculous amount of tons. How did the primitive Rapanui islanders shift those colossal statues across the landscape without the benefit of computers and cell phones?
Many theories have been proposed, including ingenious block-and-tackle engineering by the natives, and extraterrestrial intervention by space aliens. But we prefer the simple solution, as explained most convincingly by the native islanders: "They just got up and walked by themselves".
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.
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Area or people : Rapanui people of Easter Island
Location : the Pacific Islands
Gender : Male
Type : Other
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
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