The uniqueness of Easter Island shows in diverse opinions of it. That is, on one hand, people know everything about this place, but on the other hand they know nothing. Its enigmatic stone statues keep being silent witnesses of the ancient and unknown culture. Yet, who could create these monumental sculptures out of rocks?
A little bit of geography. In the south-eastern part of the Pacific Ocean, between Chile and Tahiti there is Easter Island (see Figure 1). Local natives call it Rapa Nui. Easter Island is one of the remotest islands on the planet. The distance to the closest dry land is 2,092 kilometres in the west and 2,971 kilometres in the east. The island has a triangular shape with extinct volcanoes on each of its edges.
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There is a saying that life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get. While reading the book Aku-Aku: The Secret of Easter Island by Thor Heyerdahl, I encountered a very interesting information. It turns out that for ages on Easter Island, which is located in the Pacific Ocean not less than 4,000 km far from the nearest mainland (I wrote about it in my previous article), there existed a weird ritual described below. However, let’s first refer to the relevant prehistory: when in 1722 the European civilization represented by Jacob Roggeveen arrived to the island, many white-skinned people lived there, which was quite unusual for that region. The attitude of people with other skin colours towards the white natives was very respectful, and there were even titles that could be gained only after a special “bleaching” ritual.
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Once again we refer to Easter Island, the navel of the earth. Perhaps, the subject is not particularly interesting for many readers, but as an ordinary researcher I cannot omit another little “puzzle piece” to be added to our picture and refrain from mentioning it on our website. After the series of articles dedicated to this marvellous corner of the world situated in the middle of the boundless Pacific Ocean (Which secrets are hidden on Easter Island?, In quest of… The 11th century. Easter Island and Polynesia, Voice in one’s head and Easter Island) I suddenly wondered: should we assume the island was indeed attended by the great civilizer and Kind Friend of people, is it really possible that no traces of one of the main signs from the Primordial Knowledge has been preserved there? Here is what I discovered while rereading the book Aku-Aku: The Secret of Easter Island by Thor Heyerdahl.
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