The unexpected on Easter Island

Visiting Easter Island, known by its native people as Rapa Nui, for the Autumnal Equinox (Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere) and for Easter was rewarding. The light and shadow events on several ahu (altars) revealed something about the visual astronomy of the ancient islanders.

What I didn’t expect was the haunting music and the easy-going warmth and hospitality of the people. In the intervening years, yet more theories have been proposed about how the giant statues, the moai, were moved into place.

Statue, or Moai, on Easter Island
Statue, or Moai, on Easter Island