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Easter Island is a Polynesian island in the south-eastern Pacific Ocean.
A World Heritage Site protected within the bounds of a national park, Easter Island is widely famous for its 887 monumental statues, called moai, that were created by the early Rapanui people who have been subjected to various European slave trades, plagues and deseases to the point of near extinction.
- The name "Easter Island" was given by the island's first recorded European visitor, the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen, who encountered it on Easter Sunday, 1722.
- Another notable mythic theme from Easter Island is the concept of "Bird Men"; human beings with wings, chosen to act as mediums between the living and spirit worlds.