Tahai Hanga Kio E Ahu Vai Uri at Sunset
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Tahai Hanga Kio E Ahu Vai Uri at Sunset

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The Tahai Ceremonial Complex is an archaeological site on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Tahai comprises three principal ahu from north to south: Ko Te Riku (with restored eyes), Tahai, and Vai Ure.

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A: Tahai In The Morning : Ahu Vai Uri

by Gregory Panayotou, 10 meters away

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Tahai In The Morning : Ahu Vai Uri

B: Tahai : El Embarcadero

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Tahai  : El Embarcadero

C: Ahu Tahai

by Gregory Panayotou, 60 meters away

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D: Tahai Hanga Kio E Ahu Tahai

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Tahai Hanga Kio E Ahu Tahai

E: Tahai : In The Middle

by Gregory Panayotou, 90 meters away

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Tahai : In The Middle

F: Tahai At Sunrise : Ahu Ko Te Riku

by Gregory Panayotou, 90 meters away

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Tahai At Sunrise : Ahu Ko Te Riku

G: Tahai Hanga Kio E At Sunrise With Rapa Nui Women

by Gregory Panayotou, 90 meters away

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Tahai Hanga Kio E At Sunrise With Rapa Nui Women

H: Tahai Hanga Kio E Ahu Ko Te Riku

by Gregory Panayotou, 140 meters away

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I: Hanga Kio'E - Up The Cliff

by Gregory Panayotou, 510 meters away

Hanga Kio'E - Up The Cliff

J: Hanga Kio E

by Gregory Panayotou, 510 meters away

Hanga Kio E

This panorama was taken in Rapa Nui - Easter Island

This is an overview of Rapa Nui - Easter Island

Rapa Nui is the most remote inhabited island on earth. You may recognize this place by its common title "Easter Island". The island pokes out of the ocean with one hundred fifty square miles of area, but this is only the tip of a giant extinct volcano rising ten thousand feet from the ocean floor.

Easter Island got its Christian name on Easter Sunday in 1722, the day that Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen landed there. He found the natives in a primitive society engaged in constant war with each other, resorting to cannibalism at times of no other food being available. He was followed in 1770 by a Spanish captain who claimed the island for Spain, in 1774 by Captain Cook of England and in 1786 by a French admiral. The general lack of water, wood and food left them equally uninterested in using Easter Island as a place to resupply their ships.

The mysteries of Rapa Nui are these -- how did people get here in the first place, how did they MAKE these gigantic statues, and then how a civilization could have degraded from such a cultural and artistic peak, backwards to a state of poverty and starvation?

The standard tale of the people on Easter Island is that overpopulation and poor resource management led them to their own extinction. It's commonly used as a warning to the entire globe, telling all humans not to make the same mistakes on a planetary scale.

Another version of the story might include the European introduction of smallpox, venereal disease, slavery and oppressive government as a warning to the entire globe, telling all humans not to make the same mistakes on a planetary scale.

In any case, take another look at these images and be happy you have such a nice home planet to live on.

Text by Steve Smith.

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