October 14, 2012

Easter Island Statues

Photograph by Jim Richardson

Colossal human statues stand sentinel on remote Easter Island, 1,300 miles from its nearest inhabited neighbor. The giant heads, called moai, were carved centuries ago from volcanic tuff and are believed to embody the deified spirits of ancestors. Rapa Nui, as locals call the island, is a special territory of Chile.

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