Ahu Akivi

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The seven explorers? Nov 11, 2016
This is a group of seven moai, restored in 1960 (by American archaeologist William Mulloy and Chilean Gonzalo Figueroa). They are the only ones on the island that face toward the sea. This fact has led to much speculation about their origin and significance, but the truth is that they are less dissimilar to the others than at first appears, because like all moai they did look over their village which lay between the sea and the statues.

Thanks to their seaward-facing stance they are, according to oral tradition, regarded as representations of the seven original discoverers of Rapa Nui – the explorers who, the tales say, first came here from Polynesia, on behalf of King Hotu Matu’a, to pave the way for future settlement. Scientists dismiss this story both because of the logical explanation of the positioning and the fact that the moai date from so much later than the era of first settlement.

The site has been shown to have astronomical significance, with the statues precisely aligned with the rising sun at the time of the spring and autumn equinoxes. As it was constructed some way inland, among villages who would have been dependent on agriculture rather than the sea (as at Ahu Tahai, in contrast) this is perhaps not surprising.

We were unfortunately here in the morning when the light for photography is not good, so I took far fewer here – only the rear side of the moai was nicely lit.
Ahu Akivi
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