3.8 – ALIENS & LOST WORLDS (9.15.11)

THE MOAI [9e]

The South Pacific Ocean. 2,300 miles west of South America, in one of the most remote places on Earth, giant stone figures stand with their backs to the sea. Called Moai by the native inhabitants, they are the silent sentinels of Easter Island.

“The Moais are scattered throughout the island, and they’re positioned on top of platforms, for the most part. A Moai is a stone sculpture of a deceased ancestor They were once living individuals who ruled the society or led the society. They were chiefs. And then, upon their death, we believe that they’ve become represented in stone.”

– Chris Stevenson, Ph.D.
(Archaeologist, Richard Blaine College)

Nearly 900 Moai were carved between the 12th and 18th centuries. Hewn with stone tools from volcanic rock, the tallest stands a towering 33 feet high and weighs a staggering 75 tons.

“They were even more unique-looking in the past. They may have been painted. And they also had large white coral eyes with obsidian pupils. So, it’s a very effective way of kind of telling people, not verbally but symbolically, that someone’s watching you and you should toe the line. You should do what you’re supposed to do.”

– Chris Stevenson, Ph.D.
(Archaeologist, Richard Blaine College)

The people who created the Moai called themselves the Rapa Nui, and mainstream historians believe their Polynesian ancestors came to the island in canoes from across the vast Pacific Ocean between 700 and 1100 AD. But over several centuries, for reasons that are still unclear, what was once an island paradise withered into a treeless desert, stalked by famine, violence and some say cannibalism. When the first Europeans arrived in 1722, the Rapa Nui culture had already been nearly wiped out and few could imagine how such primitive people could have created the Moai.

“How in the heck did they make these? Where did they come from? And how did they move them? Nobody has the answer.”

George Noory (Radio Host, Coast to Coast AM)

Modern scientists have tried, and so far have failed to duplicate the feats of the ancient Rapa Nui. In 1987, anthropologist Charles Love used rollers to move a nine-ton Moai replica at Western Wyoming Community College. Other researchers have tried pulling Moai with sleds. But there is a unique problem with the idea of moving Moai with sleds or rollers.

“When you go to Easter Island, you don’t get the impression they had enough wood to have rollers. And in fact, in the 1700s, the first four expeditions to Easter Island never really saw a tree. And so that’s the real mystery of Easter Island how can you move a multi-ton statue if you have no trees for rollers?”

– Charles Love, Ph.D.
(Archaeologist, West Wyoming Community College)

According to the oral history of the Rapa Nui, the Moai were moved in a very unusual way.

“They all reply basically the same thing. The Moai walked to the ahu, and that’s the only explanation that they give.”

– Charles Love, Ph.D.
(Archaeologist, West Wyoming Community College)

But who or what had the power to make multi-ton Moai appear to walk to their ahu, or stone platforms? In 1919, British archaeologist Katherine Routledge, who lived on Easter Island for a year, recorded the legends and testimony of an old woman who said the Moai were moved with a mystical energy called mana. And according to the oral histories of the Rapa Nui, mana came from the gods.

“Mana was a direct gift of the gods, given to the Easter Islanders. Was this mana really a type of magical force? Of course not. It was some type of misunderstood technology, some type of a device, an extraterrestrial tool with which you could move those massive Easter Island heads rather easily.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Did early inhabitants of Easter Island really know how to unlock the secrets of gravity using mana? And if so, where might such power over the physical world have come from? Researchers believe there are clues hidden within mysterious written texts called rongorongo, inscribed on pieces of wood, discovered on the island in the 19th-century.

“This is a rongorongo board. And it’s a replica of ones of old. About 25 of them are known. We have had about six or eight different attempts at translating these things, with six or eight different results.”

– Charles Love, Ph.D.
(Archaeologist, West Wyoming Community College)

“You have to ask yourself, how could the Easter Islanders have invented their own writing without some other cultural influence coming there. Would it have been ancient seafarers coming to Easter Island or perhaps even space visitors?”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

Further evidence of early contact with otherworldly beings can be found in numerous strange stone carvings – called petroglyphs.

“What we see in the petroglyph art of the island are these figures of bird men, these tangata manus, carved in bas relief on the rocks on the very edge of the precipice.”

– Charles Love, Ph.D.
(Archaeologist, West Wyoming Community College)

In the myths of Easter Island’s Rapa Nui, the bird man represents Makemake, the chief god and creator of humanity.

“Did at some point in the past a creature come, which was Bird man who flew in from somewhere? Did he arrive on this island and did he indeed live very much like a pariah? Did he die or did he take off again, and is this what the locals keep this legend of this creature who came to them alive through myth, legend and ritual.”

– Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

Walking stone giants, petroglyphs of flying beings – might the ancient inhabitants of Easter Island have been familiar with antigravity levitation and spaceflight? If so, might these astounding abilities – forever lost to time, have been made possible by extraterrestrial visitors? Perhaps more evidence can be found in the most famous and alluring of all lost worlds—the Garden of Eden.

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