Sunday, April 14, 2013

Easter Island....amazing


12 comments:

Ed Bonderenka said...

There's a house on the lake I boat on that has a statue like that facing the water.
these are more impressive.

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

I didn't know the statues were all lined up in a row, looking out towards the ocean.

Are these the only statues on the island, or are there more?

BZ

Z said...

BZ, there are more... I think this is the only LINE of them, though.

Ed, ya, I think this is pretty impressive and probably older than the house on the lake you know :-)

Impertinent said...

Stunning...a once in a lifetime opportunity.

If I didn't hate sailboats...I'd love to be there. I'll take a G5 instead.

FreeThinke said...

Will the great mystery of how these massive monuments came to exist ever be solved?

Were they quarried from rock indigenous to Easter Island, or were the massive blocks of stone imported?

Do we know when they were made?

Do we know how long it took?

Will we ever know why?

Will we ever know anything about the people who created them?

The aura of mystery surrounding Easter Island never ceases to fascinate.

Beautiful pictures, Z! I've not seen any better in National Geographic.

Thersites said...

Those statues aren't "looking out towards the ocean" as you "naturally' suppose.

from Wikipedia

According to oral traditions recorded by missionaries in the 1860s, the island originally had a strong class system, with an ariki, high chief, wielding great power over nine other clans and their respective chiefs. The high chief was the eldest descendent through first-born lines of the island's legendary founder, Hotu Matu'a. The most visible element in the culture was the production of massive statues called moai that represented deified ancestors. It was believed that the living had a symbiotic relationship with the dead where the dead provided everything that the living needed (health, fertility of land and animals, fortune etc.) and the living through offerings provided the dead with a better place in the spirit world. Most settlements were located on the coast and moai were erected along the coastline, watching over their descendants in the settlements before them, with their backs toward the spirit world in the sea.

'Bes' Behave Chill'ins...Great-Grandpa is watching!

Micha said...

There are about 5 groups of Moai lined up. Yesterday I was at the nursery at the volcano where they were carved, you still see some unfinished ones. All the coastal Moai look inland, the ones on the volcano at the nursery look out.
I am sending pictures from any place, mostly restaurants, cafes or hotels, which have internet connection.
When we're out on the ocean I can send text only via ling wave radio communication or satellite phone.
Live from Easter Island, Ms Z

Z said...

Well, THERE SHE IS, Ms Z!!
Thanks, Micha!

The lined up is one thing, but your photos seemed to show some are not so much lined up?

Thanks for the explanation of how you're posting!

Love you and cheering you on!

xxx ME

Thersites said...

Thanks for the clarification!

Safe trip!

sue hanes said...


Z - As usual - Ms. Z's photos are stunning. That's great that she got to go there. I've always been facinated by Easter Island.

Thanks for posting them.

Impertinent said...

@Z:

"satellite phone.
Live from Easter Island, Ms Z.."


What'd I say...huh..what'd I say Z??? LOL

I seriously doubt anyone would undertake a trip like that without one!

And WiFi is all over the world...practically.

Z said...

Imp, There's also something called SEA MAIL or ...some clever name like that, that she uses on the high seas.