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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