Easter Island (or Rapanui) has a culture similar to that of other islands in the Pacific. As the Maori in NZ appear to have broken away from a Polynesian tribe, it is argued that a similar thing happened with Rapanui.
It is unarguable that the ahu (big statues of people) are unique to Rapanui but the smybolism of a fertility god is reflected throughout the Pacific in various forms.
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