Easter Island Statues

The Statues and Symbolic Gestures that Link Ancient Göbekli Tepe, Easter Island, and Other Sites Around the World

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Ancient monuments left by mankind present an unsolved enigma: why do humanoid statues from many prehistoric sites— from those found at Göbekli Tepe in Turkey to those at Easter Island—all share similar postures? The signature and symbolic stances displayed on the incredible statues from locations around the world raise questions about what caused humanity to collectively repeat a ‘rebirth’ theme across great distances and time.

Göbekli Tepe is situated in the city of Şanlıurfa (or Urfa) Turkey and it stands out as one of the most interesting prehistoric archaeological sites today. As a result of scientific research, Göbekli Tepe temples have been dated to 9600 BC at the earliest — in archaeological language it’s regarded as Pre-pottery Neolithic A.

Göbekli Tepe is comprised of numerous temples made up of pillars weighing between 40 and 60 tons, and T-shaped stelas, or standing stones, with intricate depictions of bulls, snakes, foxes, lions and other animals carved into the stone. Yet the awe-inspiring site was supposedly built by ‘primitive’ Neolithic people who lacked sophisticated tools, causing speculation as to how it was built and why.

On closer look, arms and hands can be seen precisely on Göbekli Tepe pillars. Human faces are not clear. It might be that they are not meant to be humans, but symbols of gods or goddesses of the Neolithic.

Arms can be seen along both sides of the pillar, and hands come together on the omphalos, or navel. This standing position might be considered special and perhaps sacred. Sumerian goddess Inanna was characterized in a standing position just like as seen on the center pillars of Göbekli Tepe.

However, Göbekli Tepe is not alone in creating this kind of statue position.

Likewise, the huge statues of Easter Islands were constructed in this style of sacred standing position, with hands on omphalos. According to researchers this posture symbolizes birth or rebirth. Additionally, in the oral tradition of the native people, Easter Island (or Rapa Nui) was originally named Te pito o te kainga a Hau Maka , meaning “The Navel of the World.”

Easter Island: Front view of moai statue made of basalt, called Hoa Hakananai'a ("Stolen or Hidden Friend"), from Orongo, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Polynesia. Notice how the statue’s hands wrap around to the navel.

Easter Island: Front view of moai statue made of basalt, called Hoa Hakananai'a ("Stolen or Hidden Friend"), from Orongo, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Polynesia. Notice how the statue’s hands wrap around to the navel. Public Domain

Similar-styled statues can be found not only at Göbekli Tepe, but also at Nevali Çori and Kilisik Tepe (both in Turkey).

Comparisons of stones from Göbekli Tepe, Easter Island, and many other sites reveal similar significant characteristics, and encourage further research to find additional proofs from civilizations around the world.

Hands come together on the omphalos, or navel on monuments at many locations. Left: Gobekli Tepe. Right: Azerbaijan. Image via Özgür Etli.

Hands come together on the omphalos, or navel on monuments at many locations. Left: Gobekli Tepe. Right: Azerbaijan. Image via Özgür Etli.

Numerous other statue samples have been found in: Bolivia (Tiwanaku), Azerbaijan (Gobustan), Tahiti, Marquesas Islands, Colombia (San Augustine), Egypt, and Costa Rica as well. As can be seen, these countries are located in quite different parts of the world.

Bolivia: Statue from Tiwanaku, Bolivia. A symbol of regional power, the humanoid statue stands with hands over navel.

Bolivia: Statue from Tiwanaku, Bolivia. A symbol of regional power, the humanoid statue stands with hands over navel. Wikimedia Commons

Underwater statues and formations are especially interesting. Many of these finds are thought to have sunk during the last sea-level rises of last mini ice age.

In recent years, research results have shed light on surprising archaeological underwater finds such as the Yonaguni underwater monument findings in Japan.

Japan: Sunken formations of the Yonaguni Monument, Japan. Wikimedia

Japan: Sunken formations of the Yonaguni Monument, Japan. Wikimedia Commons

The Yonaguni ruins were investigated by Dr. Masaaki Kimura over 15 years and his findings were that the formations are man made and dated to approximately 6000 BC. These assertions were published in a National Geographic article in 2007 entitled “Japan's Ancient Underwater Pyramid”.

Other underwater ruins have been found in the Gulf of Cambay, India. They are said to be over 9,000 years old, predating the Harappan civilization. The site was discovered by chance by oceanographers from India's National Institute of Ocean Technology while conducting a survey of pollution.

Carbon dating on pottery, beads, sculpture and human bones has reportedly found the artifacts to be nearly 9,500 years old. The find of the massive human presence so early in the record challenges the traditional model of the origins of civilization.

These underwater reminders of what came before remind us that humans had to suffer through great climatic changes and environmental upheaval.

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Once upon a time people were one, spoke one language and shared one spirituality. They named themselves people of God Sun or Bulgarians. Bal/Bul means God Sun or Godly light into Bulgarian language. Those people created the Yoga system - yoga is a Bulgarian word meaning "binding together, disciplining". Ancient Bulgarians our common ancestors knew perfectly their bodies, minds and souls and their yoga system was meant to heal them physically and psychologically. Ancient Bulgarians knew omphalos was a sacred point of human body whereas Life and Death meet in one single point. Their ancient Godly men called zhretsi in Bulgarian language used to perform spiritual rituals and putting their hands on the omphalos used to energise this point of vital energy. Till nowadays Bulgarian ladies wear folklorique traditional dresses using belts with heavy silver or gold buckles right on top of the omphalos point of death and life. After the Biblical flood in Black Sea in 5504 BC Ancient Bulgarians spread around the globe and reached even Easter Islands. The people of Raba Nui have a Bulgarian name - Raba Nui means Our God Ra into Bulgarian language as Bulgarians perceived themselves the children of God Ra AllFather. They called themselves the Azi people, the people of the human soul as well and the first inhabitants of today Turkey are the Nazili, the people of Azi, Ancient Bulgarians. Azi is still in use as a pronoun in Bulgarian language. Ancient Bulgarians created the first human civilization the Stone civilization all around the globe. They were wise enlightened huge people of sacred knowledge.

Aliya Osho - don't tell me - you are Bulgarian - of course - what is the problem with everyone trying to claim THEY are the original CIVILIZERS of planet earth ? I makes more sense if you just claim that the originators were people 'who lived in Bulgaria' - that makes them generic at least, rather than 'Bulgarians'.
I do not know any of the story of this line of reasoning, I read masses of history & pseudo-history and I have never met any such story, maybe you would like to tell us all how you KNOW this ? whre this claim comes from at least ?

The article said "...Arms can be seen along both sides of the pillar, and hands come together on the omphalos, or navel. This standing position might be considered special and perhaps sacred. Sumerian goddess Inanna was characterized in a standing position just like as seen on the center pillars of Göbekli Tepe.."

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This is untrue about Inanna! If you do a websearch of Inanna images you will find almost all, though there are a few exceptions, have her standing in a pose with raised arms and hands, as in the standard Oration pose. This pose is ancient but still used. You can see it used in Pentecostal churches today and also find it in old Christian icons, etc. A few exceptions show her (Inanna) holding her breasts, but most have her standing (with wings) in the classical pose for Oration. Arms extended to the side, bent elbows with forearms raised and hands open showing the palms (but pointing to Heaven)

No doubt the other examples are true, but using Inanna as an example is a mistake because it is simply untrue.

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Recent research has revealed the most enlightening discovery. Global stories, myths and legends, religions and beliefs all consist of a similar pattern or structure to the concept of life. It is evident ancient civilisations communicated on a global scale as the basic structure for life was theorised thousands of years ago. Mother Earth, Mother Nature is referred to globally with mixed gender but throughout World cultures. Sky Father, Heavenly Father or the Celestial body is also globally referred to by World cultures.

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We have woken up consciously, within this structure of life. World theories all contain a simple pattern, that we are surrounded by larger structures of life forms, acting like parent figures to life on Earth, a template for life, creative energies. The New Perspective has studied this theory and has identified the physical structure, with the most amazing revelation. The New Perspective defines these structures and identifies the World as a complete body and has correlated, that life on Earth also expresses this pattern. Animals with unique characteristics and attachments to regions connect directly to the World anatomy. The springy thighs of the kangaroo, comes from the thigh of the World anatomy.... The New Perspective recognises how ancient cultures recognised this theory and recorded the World anatomy in stone structures, stories, myths and legends, globally.

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I don't think it's so much that there was a global prehistoric culture as that the stone tools which they used forced them to carve the monuments along certain lines and not others. That would explain the stiff postures and similarities between them far better than any "global civilization" would.

It would not be until metal tools were developed that more fluid forms could be carved in stone. You only have to look at Renaissance masters like Michelangelo or Baroque masters like Bernini to see how metal tools helped sculptors create more natural forms.

Very astute observation!

Great article, Ozgur, I was noticing awhile ago the similarities of posture of these very same statues in the cultures you pointed out & wondered if, since they all seem to be placed in a very specific location while looking somewhat upward, I thought wouldn't it be worthwhile to study both the day & night skies where they are looking for year to see just -what- it is they are looking at / waiting for?

What do you think?

A very good idea – are all these world statues gazing at the same destinations ? I have never seen any sugggestion that that could be worth investigating. Many of the actual locations of sites seem to be on certain grid lines, per Graham Hancock & others ideas. Definitely worth looking at all of these sites to see if there are any commonalities. 

Veronica

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A common design that passes through many sites globally is the World zodiac. This was a study of each of the regions around the equator, the animals and icons projected to the Celestial zodiac were from each of the World zones. Easter Island is the section of the Earth that marks the head position. By looking at my picture you can see the twelve zones, the Sphinx marks the zone of Leo, Virgo is known as Israel, the scales of Buddha, Cancer is Stonehenge.....

Ultimately they mark the full body of the World which correlates to the full Celestial body.

Stone statues on Jeju Island in South Korea that are currently called Dolhareubang - "Stone Grandfathers" - have a similar desgin to those mentioned in this article.

One strange thing about Rapa Nui: no mention that it’s a Chilean Island. Then, in Bolivia the use of «w» and «k» letters which never existed in aboriginal languages and that were «translated» like Tihuanacu the original name in Spanish literature to «Tiwanaku» totally inaccurate.

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