ANCIENT ALIENS AND THE MOAI
EASTER ISLAND AND THE ANCIENT ALIEN CONNECTION
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 machines.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.)
Author Jared Diamond postulates that around 1400 the island’s civilization experienced a rapid decline because of an ecological imbalance brought about by deforestation, soil erosion and overpopulation. Jared Diamond also thinks there was a civil war about 1680, which may have led to the toppling of many of the Moai and perhaps even calamities such as cannibalism. Another interesting fact about Easter Island is that this island is the only Pacific Island to hold historical evidence of a written language (similar to the Egyptian hieroglyphics).