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Some make jokes about it, others take offense at any allusion to this custom which has become in their eyes barbarous and shameful.

According to Father Roussel, cannibalism did not disappear until after the introduction of Christianity. Shortly before this, the natives are said to have eaten a number of men, including two Peruvian traders. Cannibal feasts were held in secluded spots, and women and children were rarely admitted. The natives told Father Zumbohm that the fingers and toes were the choicest morsels.

The captives destined to be eaten were shut up in huts in front of the sanctuaries. There they were kept until the moment when they were sacrificed to the gods.

The Easter Islanders' cannibalism was not exclusively a religious rite or the expression of an urge for revenge: it was also induced by a simple liking for human flesh that could impel a man to kill for no other reason than his desire for fresh meat. (Man was the only large mammal whose flesh was available) Women and children were the principal victims of these inveterate cannibals. The reprisals that followed such crimes were all the more violent because an act of cannibalism committed against the member of a family was a terrible insult to the whole family. As among the ancient Maoris, those who had taken part in the meal were entitled to show their teeth to the relatives of the victim and say, 'Your flesh has stuck between my teeth'. Such remarks were capable of rousing those to whom they were addressed to a murderous rage not very different from the Maly amok.

- Easter Island - A Stone-Age Civilization of the Pacific


Easter Island may be remote, but it's very easy to get to.

LanChile, the national airline of Chile, flies jet airplanes here twice weekly from Santiago, Chile's capital, and twice weekly from Tahiti. The island has been a part of Chile since 1852.

Many locals who operate hotels and guesthouses arrive at Mataveri Airportto greet the tourists.

The landing strip there is first rate because the U.S. space agency NASA upgraded the existing one to serve as an emergency landing facility for the space shuttle.

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Braydetron 03, 07/03:
anyone know the author and date published?

Chelsea, 22/10:
Hi, does anyone know the author of this article??

Darkman, 01/06:
I think I may have ancestry from here. Darkman doesn't really know where he's from. ps beer is good . This all started when hot blonde asked what my Terracotta Warrior was on my dresser. Beer is good :)

Hot Blonde, 01/06:
With Darkman in bed naked and he wanted to show me the faces:-) love it!

Darkman, 01/06:
Love this site and am in bed naked with a hot blonde :)

layman77, 03/03:
The people of Rapa Nui were destroyed by European slave traders and missionaries.

john, 19/02:
hey cool site but include the Citation

Casandra, 21/05:
Dumm Dumm off of night of the museam is on here!

mwwaaaa, 22/04:
i love you all ! im so kiddings . i really dont like you. at ALL.

Paul Wall, 15/09:
Great Info!!! But there was nothing on how the ancient people had a downfall.

yoyo, 01/05:
yo whats up all

lil seddie, 25/04:
hey everyone look on page one i like the map

amanda, 25/04:
i like the pictures . heyy wats up peoples i like this website its awesome and i am doing a report on the heads if you guys want to tell me info go ahead

Nicolette, 28/03:
hey the info on this site is very useful, but icant seem to find any iinformation needed for a bibliography. is there any way you would be able to help me out with this?

Shaine, 16/03:
Thanks for the info! I used it for a project and it came in very handy. Other sites don't stand up to all this information.

sam, 05/12:
(in you're opinion) how did the religous beliefes of the Polynesians living on Easter Island contribute to their overall downfall?

jim, 18/03:
learn to spell 'civilisation' - its spelt with an 's' not a 'z'

Marietta, 21/02:
I live in Canada and found the site very interesting. I wasn't aware that CHILE was the protector of Rapanui. Thanks for a great visit. Well done. 07-02-21

Sam D., 02/09:
887 moai have been found to date, of which 394 remain in the quarry of their birth. The island is volcanic in origin, with three volcanoes: Poike, Rano Kau and Terevaka.

Julia, 22/10:
Was the island created from a volcanic eruption or what? Have they moved the heads? Please let me know?

sreekumar, 29/08:
Pls let me know how many maoi's are still there in Easter Island?

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