Rapa Nui is a mighty tribe of people that makes up almost a number of the Chilean population. It also possesses a significant role in bringing us back to the miscellaneous history that has been long buried in the soil of Rapa Nui. The whole tribe has gone through a vicious cycle of searching for beliefs to depend on while living their daily lives. The search for something to grapple on has turned into a very tragic turning of an event that has resulted in the whole harmoniously living group of people to warlike zones where they are counting days for their death days.
Rapa Nui is a word taken from an Eastern Polynesian language originating from Pascuense, which means Easter Island. They used to live in peace before the invasion of the foreigners turned things topsy-turvy in their village. The whole geography of this island is authentically mesmerizing as it is. Inhabited by the indigenous Polynesians, this island is one speck of dust compared to other countries on the map. Despite being taken under Chile’s wing and most having been given Chilean nationality, it is still impossible for those on land to easily travel to Rapa Nui as there is no vehicle route except for a 5-hour-plane ride from Santiago, Chile. Because of its total desolate island far from the city and the civilization, the Rapa Nui people have developed their way of living and adapting to the environment.
Based on the pieces of history and proof of evidence left on the ground of the volcanic base, Rapa Nui, it can be positively proven that they have built their civilization with unique house architectures and artistic cultures in the way they carved the Moai. The arts culture can be seen as the eerie-looking Moai that have been counted to be built and carved by human labourers for 887 pieces. To this day, the mystery of the statues remains perpetually unsolved as human beings can’t create such gigantic looking statues that are not only one but hundreds more of them. Considered one of UNESCO’s World Heritages, Rapa Nui, Chile has almost all the status built looking away from the oceans. The motives of the buildings are there, but we will never be able to uncover them as not many of their generations that have experienced firsthand the experience of the statue-building process are left.
There are just so many mysteries to be uncovered that are still left untouched in the land of Rapa Nui. As the Chilean government tries their best to protect this cultured village, Rapa Nui is considered an interesting tourism spot for the general public to visit anytime soon. There is a more undiscovered past of this place that has been left buried when the place was abandoned.
When the settlement is first found, the first people there have started Moai culture that is basically worshipping humongous statues. One of the remaining mysterious discoveries that archaeologists have found is the ginormous lingering half-bottom parts of the Moai. As many pictures depict the surface moai is heretofore big enough, there are still excavated remains of the parts buried deep inside the soil deeply intertwined with Rapa Nui’s histories. After much research and carried out investigations, the average size of Moai can be 4 meters tall (13 feet), having a width of almost 1.6 meters (5.2 feet) and weighing at 12.5 tons (13.8) each. It can go beyond that, to consider that more statues have not been dugout.
Infamous with the exterior façade with human-like resemblance, Moai may appear slightly different with their signature broad face of the nose and chin, rectangular-shaped ears, and slit eyes. Despite this religious statue having its bottom body parts buried, it is proven that this human-like symbol is built without legs, yet none can prove why. The hundreds of Moai definitely have its particular symbolism to the Rapa Nui ancestors. These statues are allegorical to religious and political. It possesses the grappling authority and power in the community. They thus believe that the Polynesian ancient objects, if properly channelled, will bring out mana which is the magical spirits. The Moai are built to sustain soil fertility and further agricultural activity.
Yet, when the Moai belief has slowly faded as new generations arise, most have started to lose signs of worshipping on Moai. Instead, an emergence of a new cult is triggered by the battle of tribes in the names of their ancestors. The newly-emerged cult is called the birdman cult, where a half-man and half-bird symbol was made to significantly symbolize the main chief of the tribe leader. When this cult surfaces, no more moai statues are recorded to be built.
During the birdman cult commotion, pictographs were fairly and widely used to mark the existence and histories of their beliefs. Many rock paintings and deep carvings are found that have managed to strongly withstand natural ages and unexpected weathers. The carvings, many of them were of birds, magnificent-looking birds. There used to be a competition that was a part of the cult’s main festival where an egg hunt was commenced. Orongo, Mata Ngarau is a reserved spot, believed to be holy and sacred, where only appointed priests to their prayers for a smooth-sailing egg hunting event. A successfully finished egg hunt means that one of the contestants has managed to procure an egg from the other side of the sea. It is highly believable that most carved paintings are the winners throughout the events.
Here are some of the recorded religious and tribal beliefs that had been practised at Rapa Nui through the time. This particular location has Chilean’s indigenous people’s history written all over the place and it should be maintained and preserved to let it live for a hundred more years. Rapa Nui is a good site to learn history and the chilling pieces of evidence scattering in the region is an absolute win for a horror film base. There is an unspeakable aura embracing the surroundings of Rapa Nui that you can only experience in reality.