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Zombies on Easter Island

Updated on September 25, 2015
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Holding a complete fascination with vampires and werewolves, Kitty enjoys writing about the undead in their many forms in folklore.

The Mysterious Moai (Heads on Easter Island)


Brief Easter Island Heads History

Easter Island is out in the very middle of the Pacific Ocean, thousands of miles from the mainland but makes up the southeastern point of the Polynesian Islands. Easter Island is really only known because of its giant statues, you know the ones with the large heads that point toward the ocean? Yes, those are the statues on Easter Island.

What are those statues? How did they get there and what do they represent? What is a part of the Easter Island Heads' History? The statues actually have a name, they are not called "giant head statues". The mysterious and famous statues' technical name is moai. Mythology and lore surrounds the statues of Easter Island; some very believable, some more far-fetched but possible, nonetheless. There has been much debate on the origins of these gargantuan Easter Island Heads statues.

Though scholars and historians know that the statues were constructed between 1250 and 1150 CE, the theory as to why they were constructed varies from person to person. The main reason being in honor of the island peoples' Polynesian ancestors...but were these ancestors aliens? That is one crazy theory that has been circulating the pages of the Easter Island moai mystery for at least a decade. Other scholars believe that the Easter Island head statues represent the tribal chiefs power and glory over the people and land of the island.

But there were a couple times in the history of Easter Island when the population would fall drastically and then rise again somewhat mysteriously. There is a theory that Easter Island could have experienced a Zombie outbreak at least once in its history. Are the great head statues of Easter Island potential traces of an age of Zombies? Could there have been Zombies on Easter Island? Let's take a look at the spontaneous rises and falls of Easter Island's population and throw some old tales of Zombies into the mix...

Could zombies have destroyed life on Easter Island?

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Population Decrease on Easter Island - Zombies to Blame?

In the early eighteenth century, the tribes of Easter Island went through some major changes, mostly blamed on a faltering ecosystem. Some of those changes included a rapid decrease in population, from fifteen thousand people down to between two and three thousand people within a matter of a few years. Most believed that the decrease in population was due to the island's resources not being able to accommodate such a high population to begin with, while others blame the decrease in population to imported rats devouring their resources; however, still others (including myself) have a more paranormal theory as to why the dramatic decrease occurred...Zombies.

It has been said and documented that the tribes of Easter Island had a "symbiotic relationship" with their dead ancestors. They believed that as long as they looked after their dead and kept them happy that their dead would look after them. The moai were originally thought to have faced towards the islands, watching over the tribes and keeping their backs to the sea (which was thought to contain the "spirit world"). Nowadays, the moai are facing towards the sea, as they have been moved and re-constructed in modern times to what was thought to be their past glory.

Could the dead of Easter Island have risen to feed upon the flesh of the tribe islanders in the early eighteenth century? Maybe they were unhappy with the head chief of the tribe and found that they were not being looked after properly, thereby raising them from the graves. Did they devour over 75% of Easter Island's population the early eighteenth century? Some believe that this is a possibility. The idea and belief in zombies dates back thousands of years and spans different areas across the world. For instance, a "ghoul" was a creature thought to live in graveyards in ancient Arabian times who would awaken from the dead and consume human flesh. Other beliefs in creatures of the undead, flesh-eating type have been documented for centuries. Whether one believes in zombies or ghouls or the undead, we all have to admit that many legends, as crazy as they seem, are based on fact, no matter how distorted or misconstrued.

So did the dead ancestors of the Easter Island tribes rise from their graves to set the population straight in the eighteenth century? We may never know, but it should be noted that other drastic drops in population of Easter Island occurred following the initial drop of the eighteenth century, one occurring in the late nineteenth century and again in the twentieth century. Disease? Famine? Or pissed off ancestors with an urge to taste of human meat? Maybe the fact that the moai (representations of the Easter Island tribes' ancestors) are now facing towards the sea demonstrates that the dead ancestors have turned their backs on the living, and maybe they're bound to rise from their graves once more to devour the remaining population of Easter Island.


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    Blake Ford Hall 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

    Okay KTD, you know I have to pause and break for station identification, because WTF? (It's alright Blake, breathe in...and out ). Now then, this is possibly the strangest article I have ever seen concerning Easter Island. I have read the UFO theories, ancient astronauts, the Nephilum giants, even studied a little Kahuna Hawaiian shamanism to get a perspective, then did the anthropological dance with a dying culture, which did include your rat infestations, waring tribes etc...At that point was where I had assumed that Easter Island was just a good place for NASA to land the Space Shuttle in an emergency. But no, KTD you had to go, Zombie? Man I don't even have words for how badly this idea disturbs me...I suppose it is an island culture, that practiced ancestor worship, became overrun by almost Lovecraftian rats, plus they probably had some kind of volcano god totem influence from their side of the world...but not Voodou. Man KTD, you have gone and done it, I hold you completely responsible for the next decade of my life that is now going to have to research ( to prove or disporove ) if Zombies actually are responsible for Easter Island. Arrghhh.... I will write my findings in a future, but sure to be delayed hub. Assuming I can afford the airfare to go all Serpent and the Rainbow in the South Pacific. Well, thanx again KTD, dearest honeybee. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    manofmystery24 - Thanks! No, it's a smaller theory...not a lot of people believe it...but I do! :)

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    manofmystery24 6 years ago

    Awesome hub! I saw this place on Destination Truth the other day. I don't think they covered the zombie part of it though. They Should've! Nice work!

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    Taco Tagger - Thanks so much! I'd love to read it.

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    Jim Jimbo 6 years ago

    that's amazing... when I finally get to writing my zombie story I'll have to send you a link to it. This was an awesome hub!

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    VonShanks 6 years ago

    Great hub, I enjoyed reading this very much. I a new here, but look forward to reading your other hubs soon.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    Shanaya - Thanks so much. I really liked those pictures, hehe. Thanks for voting and showing so much love, Shanaya. :)

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    epiman - Awwww, thank you! You're always so sweet and supportive. I appreciate the FB post, too! Hopefully your zombie friends will enjoy my idea of zombies on easter island. :)

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    shanaya 6 years ago from Living in my Own Dreams:)

    Hey My Friend Kitty! Such an Interesting HUB as always with perfectly choosen pictures I must say. Lil bit Creepy LOL. Great HUB. LOVE YA:)


    With Lots of Love

    From SHANAYA:)

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    epigramman 6 years ago

    ...well you always entertain and enlighten me with your world class hub subjects so I will post this to the Facebook zombie crowd with a direct link back here and perhaps they can learn more about their heritage - lol - but in all seriousness, you have done such a great job here - once again!

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    Eiddwen - Thanks, take care too!

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    Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

    Wow great hub,thanks for sharing.

    Take care


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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    Urt og Dyr - Thanks so much. My influences include CS Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, and Lucy Maud Montgomery, some of my favorite authors as a little girl. Now I have many more...Herman Hesse, Heather Graham, Dean Koontz, etc.

    Chatkath - Thanks, glad you enjoyed it! Obviously the zombie theory is just a theory and there is much more to the history of Easter Island than what I covered here, but thanks so much!

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    Kathy 6 years ago from California

    Very interesting write Kitty, I have heard some but not much about Easter Island over the years, I knew I could count on you to fill in the blanks! Good Job my friend...Rated up and interesting!

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    Urt og Dyr 6 years ago

    You are an amazingly skilled writer, Kitty. Who were some of your influences?

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    Paradise7 - Awww, don't poop on my zombie parade! :) LOL.

    Wesman - Toche, my friend, toche. Hahaha.

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    Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

    I think that it depends on the level of decomposition. Green skin makes a zombie look like a reptile, is all. . . .

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    Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

    It is fascinating though it seems more likely they outran their food supply. Just like Republicans!

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    Wesman Todd Shaw - LMAO. Hilarious, my friend. Agreed, 250%! Zombies or Reptilians?

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    Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

    Yes, there can be little doubt here. It was definitely zombies! The Zombies are more subtle now, and the most often vote "republican" in the states.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    Meisjunk - I had no idea. That's awesome! Thanks for sharing that with me, super cool. And thanks for commenting, as always.

    Jerry - Thanks so much!

    Aupadhyay - Thanks for reading.

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    You have put me in a dwindling situation. In all, I liked this hub.

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    JerryTillotson 6 years ago from Montpelier, VT

    Thank you. I find this stuff fascinating.

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    Jennifer Kessner 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

    I think I enjoy your paranormal hubs the most! Did you know that there is actually a zombie ant?

    It's actually a fungus that overtakes the bodies. I will forever believe that zombies are real. Awesome hub, per usual!

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    Quddus - Good point...zombie aliens are totally possible. :)

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    Quddus 6 years ago

    I'm not saying I have any proof or anything. I'm just throwing this out there... zombie aliens. Think about it. :-D