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2013 Sep 13

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WHEN THE UNIVERSE WAS AN ISLAND
Exploring the Cultural and Spritual Cosmos of Ancient Rapa Nui

by Edmundo and Alexandra Edwards



The hundreds of monolithic statues crafted by the Rapanui are an extraordinary example of human ingenuity, and several theories have been postulated regarding the origins and evolution of this remarkable culture, reflecting the many ways in which Rapa Nui has captured our imagination over the past 300 years. This father and daughter team has spent a lifetime living and carrying out scientific research on Rapa Nui, from restoring some of the most impressive ceremonial platforms to publishing articles about Rapanui archaeoastronomy in scientific journals. They manage to comprehensively survey the ethnography, mythology, and archaeology of Rapa Nui from the origins of the Rapanui people all the way to the fall of the Bird-man Cult at the end of the nineteenth century. Complemented by 117 photographs and drawings, the authors bring to life the history of enigmatic Rapa Nui, providing fresh updated answers to some of the most persistent questions. This book is perfect for anyone planning a trip to the island as well as those wishing to expand their knowledge in a comprehensive and entertaining volume where the truth is a hundred times more fascinating than the false shroud of mystery and speculation that usually accompanies this subject.

The Spanish language edition will be released in 2014

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