Photographer's Note

It seems that at the beginning Pascuan people (People from Rapa Nui) burried the wise men (I don't say old because their estimated lifetime was approximatively 30 years) after drying the corpse and bones with sunlight.
The bones were putted together on an "Ahu" which is a little platform. Then people putted a moai to keep the "Mana" (the spiritual strength) of the dead alive. Reef eyes were putted on the moai to send the "Mana" to the original tribe. That's why all the moai are watching the inner island.
As these ones on the photo (the Anakena ahu) are showing their back to the sea.
It seems that the island were separated into tribes with a limited territory. Each tribe to show their strength begin to build taller and taller moais (standing from 1 meter to the bigger of 10 meters, there's bigger moais but not have been excavated from the "carrier").
We also see in this picture the "Pukao" which is the red Hat of the moais, represented the way Pascuan people were putting their hair (in french we call this a "chignon") with humidified red clay.
The Anakena Ahu is situated on the north of the island, near a wonderful beach that i will next post.

Voir la galerie photo de la plage d'Anakena, sur l'Ile de P‚ques

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