Travel Thursday

Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

Photo by Ian Sewell via Famous Wonders.

The easternmost Polynesian island off the coast of Chile, is the island of Rapa Nui, Polynesian for "Easter Island". Originally discovered in 1722 on Easter Sunday by Dutch explorer, Jacob Roggeveen who named the island, Paashc-Eyland, (18th century Dutch for "Easter Island"). At the time of his discovery, there was an estimated 2,000 people who inhabited the island. In 1862, most of the people were abducting by Peruvian slaveraiders.

Easter Island is famous for its 887 monumental statues called moai.

A drug called rapamycin was first discovered in the soil of Easter Island and has proven to extend the longevity in mice.

I wonder if the statues stood to protect the soil after all these years knowing it contained the immunosuppressant drug. Could it be the islands way of giving back life after the Rapa Nui people were taken away from their home against their will. Maybe the natives knew their fate ahead of time and erected the moai to ward off enemies. The irony of Easter, death, and resurrection makes you think of the similarities between Christ and the Island.

(Facts from Wikipedia.)

Happy Traveling!


  1. I'd love to go to places like this. So much history!

  2. Colette darling popped in to wish you and your family a joyous and blessed Easter.

    Love & Hugs


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