Religious Heads Lead To Cannibalistic Habits
Easter in Malta is a time when all the black crosses come down and good old JC rises from the dead and goes up to heaven to look down on us with daddy G. Whether you are a believer or not, you cannot deny that Malta is very much, an Easter island.
Speaking of which, I’m sure most of us are familiar with the actual Easter Island. A far away place in the middle of the pacific ocean that’s as impossibly far away from any other landmass as it is mysterious. The island is best known for its enormous heads perched along the edges of the island called Moai (Believed to embody the gods on earth and their life giving force called ‘Mana’).
Many theories exist about the chilling story of this place, the end result of which are more relevant today than at anytime in human history. A struggle for power, resources and status that crippled a nation and devastated their isolated home to a near complete wipe-out.
The huge noggins that are synonymous with the island were erected to commemorate dead high priests of the tribes. Being the highest honor that could be bestowed upon the deceased, these heads were in huge demand. Producing them wasn’t exactly rocket science. Get a couple of your mates with some sharp rocks, a truckload of elbow grease, carve the head out of the volcanic hillside and hey presto! Your big headed vision is ahead by one!
That’s all well and good, but as we islanders know, its all about ‘Location, location, location!’ After all, what good is an enormous head if no one can see it? A distinct lack of cranes and 18 wheelers called for some Easter Island innovation in the form of tree trunks.To cut a very long story short;
What do you get when you cut down all your trees to roll your heads to where you want them?
Answer: Complete chaos!
The constant deforestation to keep up with the rope and roller demand for statue transport was immense, not to mention trees used for fishing canoes and fire for warmth for the ever increasing population. The once lush forest was chopped down as fast as the islanders’ lust for power and selfish recognition was growing.
Dwindling forests meant fields were no longer sheltered, leading to topsoil erosion and increasing infertility of farmland. The islands’ once staple sweet potato crop was now also under threat and new fishing canoes were very much an impossibility.
With the islands’ main lifelines obliterated, lack of resources lead to starvation and tribal warfare. Living on a tiny island with nowhere to run or hide meant the threat of harm became a constant reality. Some researches are convinced that the inhabitants even turned on themselves for sustenance (That’s right, man burgers!). Later western visitors to the island stole many inhabitants as slaves and also brought diseases that further crippled the population from 10,000 strong to under 300 in just over 1000 years.
Who’d’ve thought that the symbol of natural life force would become the downfall of an entire civilization? But is it so unfamiliar really? Replace large lava heads with today’s sky scrapers and you’ve got pretty much the same thing. Symbols of great power that require huge amounts of resources to erect and maintain. Once the system starts its very hard to go back, and very much like an isolated island in the middle of the pacific, our own earth may suffer the same fate if our resources and habits aren’t handled responsibly.
The history of this fascinating place is shrouded in mystery but is definitely worth a Google for a more detailed account of the story. The rise of the Birdman competition to control the dwindling resources of the island is my personal favorite!
This Easter we remember captain J. Christ and his rise to heaven, but also, spare a thought for our very tangible mother earth and her struggles to keep up with our demands. Also, as an island ourselves, could we survive if we were cut off from overseas supplies?
So save your island and eat local this Easter with Electro Lobster Project’s Specials Menu featuring as many local veggies as we could get our hands on as well as some Seasonal favorites.
LAMB HIND SHANKS
With garlic and rosemary, slow cooked in carrots, onion, celery, bayleaf, thyme and white wine.
Served with saffron mash potatoes, red cabbage in honey & fresh artichokes wrapped in pork cheeks.
LOCAL RATATOUILLE SERVED WITH COUSCOUS (VEGAN)
Bell peppers, onions, carrots, broccoli, marrows, fresh artichokes and cauliflower.
PAN SEARED MEDALLION OF MONKFISH & PRAWN
Served with lemon and avocado
PENNE DUCK RAGU
With red wine, juniper berries and orange zest
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Have a Happy Easter!