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#31    Abramelin

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 09:46 AM

View PostAdam frm manchester uk, on 18 May 2012 - 09:38 AM, said:

This is old news

Yeah, and I remember now it was no one else but Thor Heyerdahl who started digging up these statues. And that was in the 50's and 60's of the past century.


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Posted 18 May 2012 - 10:14 AM

This is an interesting online book about every possible proposed idea about the how, why, who, and when of the statues (and some ar far out ideas...). And as one can read and see, there's more than just the statues.


Easter Island: land of mystery - David Pratt

Natural disasters – earthquakes and tsunamis – may have contributed to the damage suffered by the platforms and statues. On 22 May 1960, for instance, an 8-metre-high tidal wave, produced by an earthquake off Chile,struck the island and entirely destroyed the remains of Ahu Tongariki. Huge stone blocks and 15 statues withan average weight of more than 40 tons were carried over 150 metres inland.

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Figures with hands resting on their stomach are common in the Marquesas and elsewhere in Polynesia, and also in South America. In the traditional Maori carving of New Zealand, the hands were placed there to protect ritual knowledge and oral traditions, which were believed to be carried in the belly.

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Rano Raraku contains numerous now empty niches where statues have been hacked out, as well as 397 figures visible on the outer and inner slopes illustrating every phase of the carving process. As a result of rubble and silt being washed down the slope, the statues set up at the foot of the quarry now stand so deep in the earth that no one has succeeded in pulling them down. Large areas of the quarry are in fact hidden under slope deposits, and many more moai undoubtedly remain to be discovered.

http://www.scribd.co...6/Easter-Island


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Posted 18 May 2012 - 11:02 AM

View Postreggie2011, on 18 May 2012 - 02:45 AM, said:

this site just hit an all time low its such a shame we have unknowlagable people running it,all the news is old news and so little of it if anyone would like up to date stuff just type in "weird news" and such into ur browser lets all dump this site its not maintained proply all the news is ancient,maybe then we'll get there attention and possibly some more advanced employees
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Posted 18 May 2012 - 11:11 AM

I'd say, let's get all over the fact that the statues having bodies is ancient news, and focus on Easter Island itself.

The book I linked to is an interesting start for those who know near to nothing about the island and its history, even though it contains some fringe ideas.


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Posted 18 May 2012 - 12:47 PM

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 01:02 PM

I've known about the bodies for a while but that is the first time I have seen one  with a thong on.  It adds a level of detail that is not always apparent on the eroded part.

Edited by Pastymancer, 18 May 2012 - 01:03 PM.


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Posted 18 May 2012 - 04:24 PM

Cook mentioned they had bodies over 200 years ago, i thought it was common knowledge.


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Posted 18 May 2012 - 07:33 PM

View PostAbramelin, on 18 May 2012 - 10:14 AM, said:



Figures with hands resting on their stomach are common in the Marquesas and elsewhere in Polynesia, and also in South America. In the traditional Maori carving of New Zealand, the hands were placed there to protect ritual knowledge and oral traditions, which were believed to be carried in the belly.



Same as in other parts of Asia and Turkey (Gobekli tepe). It seems that was very wide phenomenan. Also for me it looks like they are just notice being naked and hide important parts.

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 07:42 PM

Genesis 3:7
At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness...

Art usually express emotion. And from Bible we know that first "re born" emotion of humans was shame.
Maybe we have sculptures around the world expressing "shame of our body" because it was realy first emotion awaken man felt. As bible said.
I wonder who would be a shamed of his/her body unless you are spiritual/another plane being?...

Edited by the L, 18 May 2012 - 07:58 PM.

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 10:40 PM

View Postthe L, on 18 May 2012 - 07:42 PM, said:

Genesis 3:7
At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness...

Art usually express emotion. And from Bible we know that first "re born" emotion of humans was shame.
Maybe we have sculptures around the world expressing "shame of our body" because it was realy first emotion awaken man felt. As bible said.
I wonder who would be a shamed of his/her body unless you are spiritual/another plane being?...
Hi the L;
My 1st thought about the Moais stance and hand placement was that it was meant to be intimidating. in body language that stance and hand placement is regarded as being dominant. But then I wondered who would they be guarding against? They are in the middle of no where and seem too remote to be concerned with raiding parties.
I like the idea Abe put forward of the belly being the seat of ancient wisdom, maybe its just the fact that the statues are sculpted naked and are male that leads to the willy/hands connection.


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Posted 19 May 2012 - 12:30 PM

View Postlightly, on 18 May 2012 - 11:02 AM, said:

  It's spelled  THEIR (attention)  Not There .   You do understand that this topic  and all others are posted by  members? I don't understand why your blaming "Employees" for "old news".
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 01:50 PM

View Postthe L, on 18 May 2012 - 07:33 PM, said:

Same as in other parts of Asia and Turkey (Gobekli tepe). It seems that was very wide phenomenan. Also for me it looks like they are just notice being naked and hide important parts.

Reading your post I got an idea what those rows of statues actually symbolize....

Look at this:

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And then have a look at this:


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Posted 19 May 2012 - 03:58 PM

View Postthe L, on 18 May 2012 - 07:42 PM, said:

Genesis 3:7
At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness...

Art usually express emotion. And from Bible we know that first "re born" emotion of humans was shame.
Maybe we have sculptures around the world expressing "shame of our body" because it was realy first emotion awaken man felt. As bible said.
I wonder who would be a shamed of his/her body unless you are spiritual/another plane being?...

We share a common ancestor with chimps, who have no shame over nakedness. So I wouldn't use the bible to claim shame as first 'emotion'. Animals mourn etc

Shame and covering in depiction is not mutually exclusive, so to jump to other plane beings is a leap when explanations for the depiction is amply provided by links.in this thread.


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Posted 19 May 2012 - 08:05 PM

Old news is new news if you haven't heard it.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 01:16 AM

Hello all!

For a start, I've been to Rapa Nui twice, and have been so interested in these damn things!

The Moi you see in the picture has been exposed to elements for ages (piccies to prove)! It seems mad that this is news!

I was there 5 months ago and nothing had really changed. however, the Moi in question is within the volcano crater, which to be honsest is great. Poses the question on how they pulled out the 'tonnage' before rolling it accross the island.....  (ahem...).

(yes, rollin several 70 tons up a volcano is rite easy)

These things are awsome, and so buried that it just needs be accepted that only a third of their bodies stick out within and around the quarry and have as such sank int the soft soil!  

Bloody press!

Guys and Girls, book your Lan Flight over and check for yourslelves!

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