Monday, December 25, 2017

Apparently the Easter Island Giant Heads had Giant Hats.

Skipping ahead in the liturgical calendar, Easter - well, on a very obtuse tangent - Easter Island, and we look at this:

Famous picture right? Every school kid has seen it.
Supposedly there's more to the story though. These moai guys are purported to wear these:

Pukao stones.
Like this:

If this is true why wasn't I so informed? I like a nice hat as much as the next person.
And if it's not true why are they toying with my sensibilities?
From Ineffable Island:

Analysis of giant stone hats found on Rapa Nui, Chile (Easter Island) provides evidence contrary to the widely held belief that the ancient civilization had a warrior culture. According to a new study conducted by a team of researchers, including a professor at Binghamton University, State University of New York, these stone hats suggest that the people of Rapa Nui were part of a supportive and inclusive community.
Carl Lipo, anthropology professor and director of the Environmental Studies Program at Binghamton University, and a team of researchers studied the monumental statues (moai) on Rapa Nui, and the previously unacknowledged giant stone hats (pukao) that were placed atop them. Pukao are large, cylindrical stones made from a volcanic rock known as 'red scoria.' Weighing multiple tons, they were placed on the heads of the moai during prehistoric times, consistent with the Polynesian traditions of honoring their ancestors.

So that's where it stands at the moment. They weren't a warrior society but instead were a supportive, inclusive haberdasher community.
Here's the press release from BingU, December 20.

I still think I should have been informed of this when young enough to have it influence my fashion sense.
I'd have been saved the embarrassment of being told: "Superfly? You aren't even regular-fly."