Terra Mystica EASTER ISLAND Chile
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Facing in the direction of the rising sun, 300 sculptures known as ‘Moais’, or ‘long ears’, were discovered on Easter Island in 1722, a remote volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean.
It is most likely that the people who erected the statues arrived by sea from Peru and belonged to a tribe that was condemned to extinction due to their polygamous practices.
Carved from volcanic tufa, the mysterious statues, which range in height from 10 to 40 feet and some of which weigh more than 50 tons, were dedicated to ‘Virachoche’, a god that possessed the face of a jaguar and cried tears of gold.
Dating back 5 or 6 centuries, it is thought that these mysterious statues were built by the Polynesian ancestors of the island’s current inhabitants.