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moai

(ˈməʊaɪ)
n, pl moai
(Anthropology & Ethnology) any of the gigantic carved stone figures found on Easter Island (Rapa Nui)
[from Rapanui (the Polynesian language of Easter Island), literally: statue, figurine]
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Cuando moria un jefe, se construia un moai, el que se disponia sobre el ahu, altar ceremonial y se colocaba el sombrero o Pukao y los ojos, adquiriendo el mana o fuerza espiritual (Fig.
Polynesian seafarers who first arrived on Rapa Nui, approximately 900 years ago, went on to construct more than 300 ahu and almost 1,000 moai, which are believed to represent significant ancestors.
"The moai's utter size and number is suggestive of a complex, sophisticated society," Simpson explained.
Moai, she says, is "a group of five friends who offer social, logistic, emotional and even financial support for a lifetime." It's a powerful idea.
"The answer, like that of our findings with the moai, show that Rapa Nui people were remarkably ingenious and found solutions that required the fewest resources and smallest effort to achieve their goals.
The architecture of the hotel, built with sea views and surrounded by impressive moai statues, was designed to fit harmoniously in the surroundings, using unevenness, circular lines, open spaces, semi-covered, shadows and native materials such as volcanic stone and wood.
Add to this the mysterious Easter Island one of the most isolated places on earth, endowed with the striking moai statues, this magical tour offers the very best this region has to offer.
Feidal Siddiqi from the USA flew to probably the most remote island in the world: Famous for its monumental moai stone statues in the Rapa Nui National Park, which since 1996 has been a World Heritage Site.
The book, edited by Tom Butler of the Foundation for Deep Ecology, opens with a photo of giant Easter Island moai statues depicting "a civilization that overshot the land's carrying capacity." This is not an auspicious beginning.
Moai, de La Maison de la Vanille, recoge notas calidas y profundas.
The large stone statues (moai), ceremonial platforms (ahu), etched tablets with rongorongo writing and petroglyphs of mythical birds, among other archeological findings, have made the island famous around the globe (Roger, 1997).
La vejez con sus alas de insecto ha llevado a Nicanor Parra a cumplir su siglo, asomado moai, contradictoria rafaga de piedra, cuyo origen Nicanor prefiere en el misterio.