Discovered in the South Pacific Ocean on the Easter Sunday of 1722, Easter Island is widely known today for the very large free-standing megalithic Moai watching over the island. Nearly 900 unique Moai statues have been carbon dated estimating their creation between 1100 and 1680 with an estimation of a year or more of work per statue. Each Moai is said to resemble the deceased head of an ancestor. Many of the of the massive 80 ton statues were chiseled from volcanic ash, remnant from the extinct volcanoes that originally formed the island. Methods of moving and lifting the Moai into place have remained an unexplained, controversial mystery. The Moai are astronomically aligned precisely, with seven, 18 ton statues pointing directly to the sun setting during the equinox, named for the Seven Sisters or Pleiades.
Polynesians who inhabited Rapa Nui estimated to be between 300 and 800CE chose a representative of Make-make, the great creator, titled the Bird Man each year to live in seclusion. Effigies of the Bird Man resemble a human with a bird head and wings distinctly similar to depictions found in the ancient Egyptian culture. The Bird Man is also a deity figure found in some ancient American Indian lores with a very similar description, having a head and wings like an eagle with the body of a man. A very similar motif may be found throughout reliefs in Egypt, and is commonly found in the historical record of several different cultures from around the world.
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