Easter Island is a small Polynesian island situated in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. It has been territory of Chile since 1888; before hand being managed by the native Rapanui people. It is now considered a world heritage site due to the mysterious Easter Island heads which appeared on the island. The capital city is Hanga Roa and the two official languages include Spanish and the traditional Rapanui.
Easter Island is home to a number of legends held and told by the Rapanui tribes. The myths of the island include
- The Tangatu Manu was a Birdman Cult which practiced until around 1860.
- The Makemake, a God who was deemed the creator of all life.
- Aku-aku, the guardians of the sacred family caves.
- Moai-kava-kava a ghost man of the Hanau epe (long-ears.)
- Hekai ite umu pare haonga takapu Hanau epe kai noruego, the sacred chant to appease the aku-aku before entering a family cave.
On 19th June 1957 a group of British scientists and archaeologists (later naming themselves AUH (Association of Undiscovered History) were granted access to the island to perform some small scale investigative work. The team, which included scientists such as Dr Reynold Paymen and Lucy Morrison, went with the hope of uncovering the methods by which the giant stone heads called moai were carved but left 10 weeks later with a complete set of evidence to prove black magic (voodoo) practices on the island.
Arrival and First Discovery
The team arrived on 21st June 1957 to an island of less than satisfied locals. They had brought only a limited collection of excavation gear as they had failed to receive funding for the project due to the fact, the British Government stated, that the proposal was not economically or morally of any interest to them or the general project; a statement which they later went back on.
Project leader Dr Reynold Paymen, now something of a leader in his field, was keen to patch things up with the Rapanui colony who he had unintentionally distressed with his arrival. This led to the decision to put off the research until at least a week of getting to know the local ways. His decision was frowned upon by the majority of his team many of which had given up their free time to accompany him to the island. The group settled their arguments and complied to Dr Reynold Paymen's idea.
The plan was not successful or in any way helpful as many of the inhabitants were unhappy to allow the newcomers into their way of living. Dr Reynold Paymen took harsh criticism at this point from all angles. It led to disputes within the team and the departure of two men from the crew.
The remaining team was in a critical state. There was tension between group members and some of the equipment had been taken back home by the departed crew. To add to their worries, whilst the natives were unhappy to share their supplies, the team was without sufficient food to last them any more than a couple of days. However, Dr. Paymen was determined to get his project going and, despite the current difficulties, he began work on his own without the backing of his remaining crew. He had set up camp just under Vaka Kipo opposite one of the few inland moai. He began work on June 24th (2 days behind schedule).
It was at that point that Dr. Reynold Paymen made the discovery which altered his world forever. On June 25th, after Paymen had been analysing the etches in the stone, he came across some alien scratch marks which, in all his geological studies he could not pinpoint. Unsure of what he should assume, Paymen approached the crew members who had earlier refused to work with him. In particular, he had wanted to seek the advice of Lucy Morrisson a historian particularly interested in the acts of hunter/gatherer tribes. She was somewhat reluctant to assist at first but on viewing the site she was unexplainably excited and rejoined the crew. This influenced the other members to put there differences aside and help out on the project.
After close scientific examinations, Lucy Morrisson identified the marks as being created by a sharp instrument (probably a weapon) which had routinely been slashed against the rock. Lucy Morrisson associated such markings with ancient sacrificial ceremonies that she had seen elsewhere. She hypothesised that human sacrifices were made on that spot and the marks were made from sword slashes that missed the victim. The discovery was admired by each group member but none more Dr Reynold Paymen who couldn't wait to get his discovery out in the open. Later that night he contacted Gergo Harlei of Hanga Piko an established Rapanui historian and publiciser of such events. It was the first contact the team had made with the inhabitants since they were refused access and the greeting wasn't as warm as they had hoped. They managed to persuade him to come out but much to their disappointment he failed to see anything special in their discovery.