Easter Island, like Stonehenge in England or the Pyramids in Egypt, is one of the most mysterious places in the world. What do these large statues represent? Who could build them and what do they mean? Why is vegetation so sparse? If science has answered some of these questions, by affirming in particular that man was indeed at the origin of the statues, others remain in suspense and feed the craziest theories…
1. The intervention of extraterrestrials (necessarily)
When something defies logic and has no obvious explanation, aliens are often singled out. Normal that we find them at the center of one of the most widespread theories concerning the presence on Easter Island of these gigantic statues. A theory initially advanced by the French ethnologist Francis Mazières, who claimed that the island was once one of the high places of the world and in this a point of contact with other universes. The Aliens would have thus, to summarize, simply placed the moais where they are still today, at the very place where they dominated the human populations who worshiped them a long time ago. And since the little green men also built the pyramids, it makes perfect sense!
2. The statues walked
Simply. Driven by mana, this spiritual force inherited from powerful ancestors, the gigantic moais marched to position themselves in various places on the island. At least that is what Rapanui folklore is all about.
3. The place of a terrible confrontation
The discovery on the island of skulls with strange characteristics has encouraged some, including author Rupert Ivan Murill, to come up with startling theories about an extermination that would have taken place on the island around 1675. Long, narrow skulls, which also indicated that these people had long ears. Thus, according to Murill, these remains indicate that this people with long ears (perhaps the Peruvian people) would have been massacred by the inhabitants of the island (those whose ears were normal therefore), who would have risen against their invaders. The statues would then have been built by the Peruvians before this revolt.
4. Moais were used in funeral ceremonies
It was discovered quite recently that the moais were not limited to a head. In reality, the body, which is even more imposing, is underground. Kind of like an iceberg. Bodies on which there are inscriptions. In addition, red pigment, which we agree to link to the paints used during ceremonies, was also discovered in the cavities hosting the statues. The fact that bones have also been unearthed indicating that people were buried around the statues during funeral ceremonies.
5. Massive population decline
The statues aren’t the only ones with some bizarre Easter Island theories. There is also this demographic accident which saw the population drop from 2,500 people to only 111 in 1877. The reasons then put forward are the massacre which took place a few years earlier, which took away warriors, priests and the king himself, but also epidemics. That said, some believe that the population caused its own loss by clearing en masse in order to increase crops and use wood from the forests to build and transport the moais. Theories claim that from there, due to too much food, rats invaded the place, damaging the ecosystem even more. This would also explain the characteristics of the landscape, itself at the center of many questions.
6. The myth of the seven statues of Ahu Akivi
The seven moais that are on the island of Ahu Akivi are the only ones that face the sea. A widespread version considers them to be memorials supposed to personify seven explorers sent from Polynesia by King Hoto Mahu’a to recognize places. One theory, on the other hand, affirms that these statues rather represent gods. The number seven being at the center of several beliefs relating to the creation of the world. This is also the case in Game Of Thrones by the way.
7. The egg, the center of the world
Located in the bay of Hanga Hoonu, in the northeast of the island, the egg is a large smooth stone which, according to the inhabitants (the Pascuans), would be neither more nor less than the center of the world. The fact that scientists have not been able to say with certainty its origin or even if it was due to the work of man or nature, contributes to the mystery that surrounds it. We simply know that the egg was very important for a long time for the islanders.
8. Moais as a remedy
It was a professor from Harvard Medical School who put forward this theory: according to her, the statues were erected to treat people suffering from leprosy, which was then spreading on the island. This would always explain, according to her, the deformed features of the statues, which, in certain aspects, correspond to the damage caused by the disease. A “remedy” which would have replaced the exile of the sick to other islands.
9. A link with Atlantis (always on the right track)
For some people, Easter Island is necessarily the summit of the submerged continent of Atlantis, itself the object of all fantasies, notably mentioned by Plato.
10. Damaged Statues
On Easter Island, there are overturned moais and others that are severely damaged or seem unfinished. Historians claim that it is the result of a kind of revolt of the inhabitants who built the moais in order to implore their gods to send them rain to counter the drought caused by El Niño, before destroying some of them in seeing that the climatic conditions were still not favorable to them.
That’s all well and good, but deep down, we all know that it’s the Aliens who are responsible…