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Easter Island is one of the most isolated patches of rock on planet earth. Also known as Rapa Nui, the island is comprised of three extinct volcanoes which jut out of the Pacific Ocean more than 2,000 miles west of Chile. The history of the island is both mysterious and tragic, with the islanders having endured famines, epidemics, civil war, slave trade, and the utter collapse of their ecosystem. With the population having precipitously dropped to less than 100 people at one point in history, death has always loomed large over Easter Island. But the real draw on this unassuming speck of dry land are the 887 monumental statues, called Moai, created by the Rapa Nui people. These eerie and otherworldly statues sparked a worldwide fascination with the island, with some claiming that they were fashioned to worship aliens. It is believed that these monolithic carvings are part of unique and mystical Polynesian rites, to honor deceased chiefs of the island and to keep at bay the powerful energy of island Gods.

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