The ancient pagan origins of easter easter sunday is a festival and holiday celebrated by millions of people around the world who honour the resurrection of jesus from the dead, described in the new testament as having occurred three days after his crucifixion at calvary it is also the day that children excitedly wait for the easter. To its original inhabitants the island is known as rapa nui (“great rapa”) or te pito te henua (“navel of the world”) the first european visitors, the dutch, named it paaseiland (“easter island”) in memory of their own day of arrival. Population climate history maps urban geography view more by amanda briney updated january 18, 2018 easter island, also called rapa nui, is a small island located in the southeastern pacific ocean and is considered a special territory of chile easter island is most famous for its large moai statues that were carved by native peoples between 1250 and 1500 the island. Easter island – faces of mystery it is one of the most isolated islands in the world but 1200 years ago a double-hulled canoe filled with seafarers from a distant culture landed upon its. Unveil the mysteries of the remotest island on the face of the planet and the massive, remarkable stone heads that its first inhabitants left behind.
After european contact, easter island's history took an even darker turn peruvian slavers kidnapped about one-third of the island's population in the mid-19th century these slavers also brought smallpox to the rapa nui people in 1888, chile claimed possession of easter island later, a chilean business turned the island into. The easter island inhabitants’ life, as well as in polynesian cultures, was organized around their rapa nui religion and spiritual beliefs these beliefs and their evolution significantly affected the course of history the religious rituals started from birth, when the umbilical cord was cut, and extended through their whole lives, including rituals for. According to wikipedia (i am not an expert on easter island) the population dropped from ~15,000 to ~2,000 in about a century current population of ~5,800 includes ~60% of descendants of original people, or ~3,000 people.
“despite its almost complete isolation, the inhabitants of easter island created a complicated social structure and these amazing works of art before a dramatic change occurred,” puleston added “if the population fell from 17,500 to the small number that missionaries counted many years after european contact, it presents a very different picture from the maximum population. Digging history easter island's ancient civilization was not destroyed by warfare, experts say published february 17, 2016 fox news when the dutch arrived at the island in 1722, its population was 3,000 or less only 111 inhabitants were living on easter island by 1877 other experts, however, have questioned whether easter island ever supported a large population. Cook, familiar with the people of the society islands, tonga and new zealand, concluded that the inhabitants of rapa nui belonged to the same general lineage his account is the first to mention that, although some moai still stood and carried their topknots, others had fallen and their ahu were damaged.
Explore easter island (rapa nui) holidays and discover the best time and places to visit | few areas in the world possess a more mystical pull than this tiny speck of land, one of the most isolated places on earth it's hard to feel connected to chile, over 3700km to the east, let alone the wider world endowed with the most logic-defying statues on. Easter island the south, its lakes and volcanoes patagonia and antarctica start map events itineraries easter island there’s no inhabited spot in the world quite so isolated as chilean polynesia a mere dot in the vast pacific ocean, easter island (known as rapa nui in the people’s native language) is a one-of-a-kind destination. Geologically one of the youngest inhabited territories on earth, easter island was, for most of its history, the most isolated its inhabitants, the rapanui, have endured famines, epidemics of disease and cannibalism, civil war, slave raids, various colonial contacts,   and have seen their population crash on more than one occasion the ensuing cultural legacy has brought the island. Scientists have long known that when humans colonized the island, so too did the polynesian rat, having hitched a ride either as stowaways or sources of food.
History of the world: easter island easter island covers roughly 64 square miles in the south pacific ocean, and is located some 2,300 miles from chile’s west coast known as rapa nui to its earliest inhabitants, the island was renamed paaseiland, or easter island, by dutch explorers in 1722 the island was eventually annexed by. The first human inhabitants of rapa nui (the polynesian name for easter island its spanish name is isla de pascua) are believed to have arrived in an organized party of emigrants around 300-400 ad tradition holds that the first king of rapa nui was hoto-matua, a ruler from a polynesian subgroup (possibly from the marquesa islands. The ancient inhabitants of easter island were not the cause of the deforestation on the island a team of spanish scientists has managed to reconstruct the past 3,000 years of history of easter island their new findings show that deforestation of the island occurred gradually, and not in all areas at the same time furthermore, they say that it.
Easter island history the oldest known names of easter island are te pito o te henua, meaning ‘the center of the world’ and mata-ki-te-rani, meaning ‘eyes looking at heaven’ in the 1860’s tahitian sailors gave the island the name rapa nui, meaning ‘great rapa,’ due to its resemblance to another island in polynesia called rapa iti, meaning ‘little rapa’ the island. Identification easter island, the easternmost island in polynesia, was so named by jacob roggeveen who came upon it on easter sunday in 1722 easter islanders evidently never had a name of their own for the island rapa nui (also rapa-nui, rapanui) came into use in the 1800s and eventually became. Brief history of easter island (home of the moais) easter island (or rapa nui) is an island of volcanic origin located around 3700 km from the chilean mainland and around 4000 km from tahiti. A green history of the world by martin desvaux phd cphys minstp despite its superficial insignificance, the history of easter island is a grim warning to the world‖ easter island was colonised by an estimated 20-30 adventurous polynesians in the 5th century ad they found a densely wooded island of volcanic origin with poor soil.