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What killed the King ?
Who was the famous playwright poet ?
A murderous plot disguised as suicide ?
The mystery of her disappearance
Was the french emperor poisoned ?
The strange occult roots of the Thule Society
The origin of vampires
The engineer of the future
The discovery of America
The predictions of the greatest clairvoyant
The child who came from none
Premonitorial signs announced his death ?
Has he existed ?
The Scotland Affair

Science (12)

The disappearance of the wild man
Can the Red Planet sustain life ?
Who are our ancestors ?
Can animal magnetism cure people's disease ?
The strange case of Prahlad Jani fasting
Are black holes time breaches ?
Where does it come from ?
European legend ?
Do stars dictate our destiny ?
500 KM of geoglyphs
Fabulous treasures buried underground ?
Probability And The Meta Universe

Ufology (4)

UFO crash in New Mexico ?
What kinda secrets lie inside the military zone ?
Are aliens real ?
Dogons in contact with aliens ?

Parapsychology (16)

The sixth sense of people ?
The gift of foreseeing the future ?
Human energy field ?
Can hypnotherapy treat medical conditions ?
The meaning of dreams
A premonition 14 years in advance ?
A form of psychokinesis ?
Can the mind move objets ?
And thy fear of nothingness
Can a person be two places at once ?
Pain as offering for Lord Murugan
Walking on Hot Coals Without Injuries ?
Finding Water With Sticks
Forensic and Medical
The Case of Natasha Demkina
And Psychic Surgery

Mysterious Place (33)

The Moai statues of Rapa Nui
The Lost City of the Incas
City of the cosmos
Inside the mysterious and long lost ancient city
A celestial and sacred place
Magic city and occultism in Italy
The secret fortune of the abbé Saunière
Ayers Rock
A vestige of Lemuria ?
King Solomon's Hidden Treasures
The secret of the Mayan astronaut
In search of the mythical Eldorado
What are menhirs for ?
The work of Mother Nature ?
Conquering Cancuen palace
The Mayan astronomers ?
Ancient Megalithic Ruins
Inside the Burial Tomb
The Stone City
Ancient Stone Circles
Origin of Chinese Civilization
Sculpture or meeting place for UFOs?
Derinkuyu & Kaymakli
Teutoburg Forest
The Mysterious Ruins
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Horyuji & Todaiji Buddha
Top of the World
Mysterious Micronesia Ruins
King Solomon's Throne Sacred Fire
Story of the Golem Statue
Stone Ship Settings
Queen Zenobia And The Kingdom of Saba

Egypt (11)

What killed the young pharaoh ?
What secret hides the legendary monument ?
A monument that defies time
Bitten by a king cobra ?
What has become of the beautiful queen of Egypt ?
Assassinated by his womens ?
The secret books of the ibis headed god
And the mysterious Book of the Dead
The Valley of the Kings abandoned ?
A mythical country of Ancient Egypt ?
Light of Ancient Egypt ?

Cryptozoology (17)

Mythology and Symbolism
Is It Real ?
The Abominable Snowman
The Goat Sucker
Lycanthropy
The Deadly Song of the Fish Woman
The Legend of Sasquatch
Are They Simply Tales ?
Voodoo and Golems - Myth ?
Serial Killer of the Eighteenth Century ?
A Mythological Version of Kongamato ?
Legend and Life
West Virginia Winged Creature
A Desert Death Adder ?
Small Dragon or Salamander ?
Manipogo, Ogopogo & Igopogo
De Loys Ape, Orang Pendek, Yeren & Almas

Strange Phenomenon (22)

Mysterious disappearances
The Ghost Ship
Spiritism and Ghosts
The Feeling of Already Seen
Ghosts and Haunted Houses
Exorcism of the Demons by a Shaman Priest
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The Route Without Gravity ?
Apparitions Or Hallucinations ?
How Fish Rain Happen
How Are They Made ?
Two Testimonies of the Afterlife
Examples and Theories
The Case of Hasnah Mohamed Meselmani
Mystery of Death Valley
A Mysterious Phenomena
What Causes The Phenomenon ?
Does Faith Healing Work ?
What Is The Meaning of Healing ?
Miracle or Mystification ?
Aboriginal in the Australian Bush
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Bible and Religion (15)

Who Wrote It ?
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Guardians of the Secret
The Sinner Denigrated by the Church
Fallen Angels
The Marks of Christ
Universal Deluge
The Dead Sea Scrolls
And The Star of Bethlehem
Where Is It ?
The Sources Of The Arcanes
Where is the Ark of the Covenant ?
Will It Ever Be Explained ?
Fact or Fiction ?

Magic (4)

Grimoire and Rituals
The Book Of Laws Of The Dead
Mediator Between the Spiritual and Material World
Origin of Misfortunes

Monument (8)

Monoliths
Did They Really Exist ?
What Did It Look Like ?
Has It Existed ?
The Mystery of Marian Cult
A Monument Filled With Mystery
The Holy Grail in Italy ?
The Fortress Of Love

Legend and Myth (10)

The Lost Continent
A Site of Legend
Just a Myth ?
The Lost City
The Fabulous Land Of Gold
And The Legend of Sherwood
The Modern Prometheus
The Eternal Saga
The Legend of the Treasure Well
Search For The Fountain of Life

History (10)

The Book That Lit The Pyres
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Vikings - In America Before Columbus?
The Greatest Political Scandal of the United States
The Lost Colony
Who Is This Enigmatic Smiling Woman ?
Marinus Van der Lubbe Guilty ?
The Mystery Lingers
Nicolas Flamel and the Philosopher's Stone

Relic (15)

An Endless Quest
Esoteric Nazism
An Ancient Stellar Computer ?
A Timeless Document
An Unknown Alphabet
Men And Dinosaurs Together ?
Ancient Electricity ?
Where Is It Located ?
Interesting Facts
Theories Debunked
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Russian Artifacts or Alien Intelligence ?
An Ancient Egyptian Plane ?

People and Civilization (6)

The Oldest Civilization of Meso America
The Decline of the Mayan Civilization
The People of Amma
The Celtic's Spiritual Elite
A Kingdom Without Men
The Mysterious Destiny of a Tribe

Disappearance (2)

A Great Aviator Missing
What Happened To Him ?

Cold Case (4)

Who is Behind The Murders ?
The assassination of John F Kennedy
Who Killed Lady Diana ?
Who Was He ?

Conspiracy Theory (1)

The Conspiracy Theory

France (3)

Has She Risen ?
Eustache Dauger
Ogre or Bluebeard ?

Easter Island Statues Mystery

Moai and Rongorongo

Easter Island

Easter Island is a Chilean volcanic island located southeast of the Pacific Ocean, more than 2,000 km from the mainland. The most isolated point of the planet, Easter Island enjoys great celebrity because of the many mysteries surrounding it and its gigantic statues erected on its contour, the moai. The island is divided into several ceremonial sites, the ahu, where are grouped the last 397 moai still standing today. All in all, Easterian archaeologists counted 887 moais on Easter Island but many of them are no longer observable nowadays.

The discovery of Easter Island

Easter Island was accidentally discovered by a Dutch explorer by the name of Jakob Roggeveen in 1722 while looking for "Terra Australis", an imaginary continent invented by Greek philosopher Aristotle. Easter Island takes its name from the fact that Roggeveen set foot there on Easter day. At the time of its discovery, Easter Island was colonized by a small community of about 4,000 inhabitants. The origin of the pascuans is unknown but recent DNA analyzes suggest that it may be shipwrecked from an expedition commanded by Magellan.

Rongorongo

Rongorongo

Easter Island is also famous for rongorongo, a writing or rather a system of unique signs engraved on wooden tablets and which was probably used to remember recitations to utter during ceremonies in the ahus. Nowadays, rongorongo inscriptions have still not been deciphered and there is a good chance they will never be.

Moai

Moai

The Moai are the huge statues erected on the coast of Easter Island and are mounted and grouped on ceremonial platforms, the ahu. They represent illustrious ancestors and sovereigns and must ensure the protection of the inhabitants of the Island. The dimensions of these sculptures vary greatly, some moais are about the size of a man while others measure more than 20 meters. The Pascuans seem to have built ever larger statues over the years until they stopped their constructions, around year 1600, and began the worship of the Dolphin Man and Petroglyphs. These imposing stone statues are extremely heavy, often several tens of tons, and had to be extremely difficult to move and erect. Most of the moais on Easter Island come from the Rano Raraku quarry, a volcanic crater. There are many ahu on Easter Island, but the best known are Ahu Tongariki, Ahu Tahai and Anakena Ahu Nau Nau.

Ahu Tongariki

Ahu Tongariki

Ahu Tongariki is one of the central points of Easter Island and the largest of the Ahu. There are 15 moai mounted next to each other on a platform. It is also in Tongariki that is found the heaviest moai with a weight of 88 tons. In the 1990s, Chilean archaeologists undertook the restoration of Ahu Tongariki on behalf of Tadano and the place is now open to visitors.

Ahu Tahai

Ahu Tahai

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean west of Easter Island, Ahu Tahai is greatly appreciated for its beautiful sunset. The ceremonial site of Tahai was restored in 1974 by an American archaeologist, Dr. William Mulloy, and is comprised of three main ahu: Ko Te Riku, Tahai and Vai Ure.

Ahu Nau Nau

Ahu Nau Nau Anakena

Located on the exotic beach of white sand and turquoise water of Anakena, Ahu Nau Nau is undoubtedly the most enchanting place of all Easter Island. According to oral tradition, the first settlements were established by Ariki Hotu Matu'a, first king of Easter Island, at Ahu Nau Nau.

The end of a cult

During the seventeenth century, the construction of the largest and most prestigious moai is in progress when suddenly all is abandoned and Easter Island is plunged into a period of internal war. What pushed the pascuans to abandon the worship of ancestors in favor of that of the Dolphin Man and petroglyphs? Why were moai overthrown? The current theory is that, following a depletion of once abundant resources and a rising population, social inequalities became much more pronounced and gave rise to wars, violence and destruction of 500 years old heritage.