Peter Shepherd’s talk on Rapa Nui

On Tuesday June 27, Peter presented a talk on his trip to Rapa Nui better known as Easter Island, a Chilean territory,  that is a remote volcanic island in Polynesia. Its native name is Rapa Nui. It’s famed for archaeological sites, including nearly 900 monumental statues called Moai, created by inhabitants during the 13th–16th centuries. The Moai are carved human figures with oversize heads, often resting on massive stone pedestals called Ahus. Ahu Tongariki has the largest group of upright Moai.

We were also introduced the Birdman cult, a mythology that eventually replaced the worship of the Moais statues and that baffled the foreign visitors who soon came to the shores of this magical place. It was a fascinating talk aided by Karin Domnick who also travelled  there recently, between the two of them  and Peter’s lovely photographs, we got a pretty good picture of the island and it’s mysterious sculptures.

Peter has posted his slide show with a few extra shots on Flickr (https://flic.kr/s/aHskQ2RgkG ). His commentary can be found (at the bottom of the screen) by clicking on the first image and then using the arrow to go through them. If you click on the slideshow icon, the commentary can be avoided ….

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Peter Shepherd’s talk on Rapa Nui