Zombies on Easter Island
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?
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.