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Orongo PathWay

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Orongo is a stone village and ceremonial center at the southwestern tip of Rapa Nui.

Until the mid-nineteenth century ‘Orongo was the center of the birdman cult, which hosted an annual race to bring the first manutara (sooty tern) egg from the islet of Motu Nui to Orongo. The site has numerous petroglyphs, mainly of tangata manu (birdmen).

The motus (small islands) are Motu Iti and Motu Nui.

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Imagini apropiate de Rapa Nui - Easter Island

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A: Orongo Pathway (SomeWhere else)

de Gregory Panayotou, la distanta de 40 metri

Orongo is a stone village and ceremonial center at the southwestern tip of Rapa Nui. Until the mid-ni...

Orongo Pathway (SomeWhere else)

B: Orongo Village Again

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Orongo is a stone village and ceremonial center at the southwestern tip of Rapa Nui. Until the mid-ni...

Orongo Village Again

C: Orongo & The Motu

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Orongo is a stone village and ceremonial center at the southwestern tip of Rapa Nui. Until the mid-ni...

Orongo & The Motu

D: Orongo Village, main entrance

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(lot of stuff to read directly on the pano) Orongo is a stone village and ceremonial center at the so...

Orongo Village, main entrance

E: Rano Kau Volcano (From Top)

de Gregory Panayotou, la distanta de 980 metri

Volcano Rano Kau emerged after hundreds of thousands of years, followed by volcano Maunga Terevaka, w...

Rano Kau Volcano (From Top)

F: Rano Kau Volcano (Up the Mirador !)

de Gregory Panayotou, la 1.1 km distanta

Volcano Rano Kau emerged after hundreds of thousands of years, followed by volcano Maunga Terevaka, w...

Rano Kau Volcano (Up the Mirador !)

G: (Nearly) Inside Rano Kau Volcano

de Gregory Panayotou, la 1.3 km distanta

Rano Kau is a 324 m (1,063 ft) tall extinct volcano that forms the southwestern headland of Easter Is...

(Nearly) Inside Rano Kau Volcano

H: rano kau crater in easter island

de luis davilla, la 1.5 km distanta

ahu nau nau in anakena beach in easter island

rano kau crater in easter island

I: rano kau crater in easter island

de luis davilla, la 1.6 km distanta

rano kau crater in easter island

rano kau crater in easter island

J: Mataveri Runway

de Gregory Panayotou, la 3.4 km distanta

Since in the years 1970 NASA proceeded to the enlarging of the aerodrome of Mataveri, thus creating a...

Mataveri Runway

Aceasta panorama a fost facuta in Rapa Nui - Easter Island

Aceasta este un ansamblu a 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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