Scientific evidence seems to indicate that seafaring Polynesians came to
Easter Island (one of the Earth’s most remotely inhabited islands located
about 2,000 miles away from the nearest populated area), also known as
Rapa Nui, about A.D. 400 and began the civilization that produced those
majestic enigmatic statues weighing an average of 14 tons each. However,
nobody knows what the statues are supposed to be or who they are suppose
to represent. Perhaps they represent ancestors, powerful kings or priests,
God or gods, or as some Ancient Aliens enthusiasts have come to believe,
ancient aliens that helped this civilization like many others on our planet.

In the early 1950s, the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl (famous for his
Kon-Tiki and Ra raft voyages across the oceans) popularized the idea that
the island had been originally settled by advanced societies of Indians from

the coast of South America (feeding fuel to the Atlantian global civilization).

The most widely-accepted theory is that the statues were carved by the
Polynesian colonizers of the island beginning by about A.D. 1000-1100. In
addition to representing deceased ancestors, the Moai, once they were
erect on ceremonial sites, may also have been regarded as the
embodiment of powerful living chiefs. They were also important lineage
status symbols.

The intervention of Ancient Aliens has been made one of the most
infamous theories about the Moai by Erich Von Daniken who suggests that
a small group of ‘intelligent beings’ were stranded there and taught the
natives to make ‘robot-like’ statues. His main thrust is that the stone from
which the statues are made is not found on the island, which is a complete
fabrication and later was discovered that Erich Von Daniken never visited
the island while writing his book (Chariots of the Gods). This links with

theories that Easter island was once
part of the lost civilization of flying
An article entitled “Engineers of Easter
Island,” published in the
November/December 1999 issue of
Archaeology, shows that the statues
could have been transported and put in
place using techniques the Polynesians
perfected when constructing and
moving boats while venturing from
island to island for thousands of years,
perhaps a long ago as 5500 B.C.E.
(The Polynesians are also credited with
building Nan Madol on the island of
Pohnpei in Micronesia, another
megalithic site perhaps as mind-
boggling as Easter Island.

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