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Frequently we read through historical and Bilbe accounts about peoples who are no longer here in modern times.  What decimated them? Some were absorbed by other cultures,  relocated due to changing geography like natural catastrophes,  victims of war, or other circumstances 

 

One unique disappearance  of people were the Rapa Nui of the remote pacific Island known as Easter Island.  We know from general knowledge that the  inhabitants used up most of natural resources making those huge statues (probably religiously influenced) and pretty much died out.  How did that happen? Did people just watch each other starve to death?

 

Regardless of the various theories of where the Rapa Nui came from, they undoubtedly  arrived by boat.  The boat or boats evidently had rats as stowaways.  It is suggested that at some point, there were maybe 15,000 RapaNui.  They deforested the larger trees, perhaps to roll the pieces of their statues, during assembly. The smaller trees that thrived in their shade were threatened.  Fishing for meals may have dwindled the amount of edible ocean life. Rats competed for the tree nuts.  Some may have (successfully?) attempted exiting by boat.  

 

AS times became more crucial, there is evidence that the population members attacked each other, maybe separating into tribes in hopes of finding safety in groups. At the archaeological time that statues stopped being built,  parts of the population became cave dwellers.  Although many had genealogical ties, it seems they turned on each other for survival.

 

In 1877 there were about 100 inhabitants on the Island.  You may think of Bible accounts where people turned against one another.  This seems to suggest that this does indeed happen.  

 

Just my ruminations about. "Where have all the people gone." 

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Frequently we read through historical and Bilbe accounts about peoples who are no longer here in modern times.  What decimated them? Some were absorbed by other cultures,  relocated due to changing geography like natural catastrophes,  victims of war, or other circumstances 
 
One unique disappearance  of people were the Rapa Nui of the remote pacific Island known as Easter Island.  We know from general knowledge that the  inhabitants used up most of natural resources making those huge statues (probably religiously influenced) and pretty much died out.  How did that happen? Did people just watch each other starve to death?
 
Regardless of the various theories of where the Rapa Nui came from, they undoubtedly  arrived by boat.  The boat or boats evidently had rats as stowaways.  It is suggested that at some point, there were maybe 15,000 RapaNui.  They deforested the larger trees, perhaps to roll the pieces of their statues, during assembly. The smaller trees that thrived in their shade were threatened.  Fishing for meals may have dwindled the amount of edible ocean life. Rats competed for the tree nuts.  Some may have (successfully?) attempted exiting by boat.  
 
AS times became more crucial, there is evidence that the population members attacked each other, maybe separating into tribes in hopes of finding safety in groups. At the archaeological time that statues stopped being built,  parts of the population became cave dwellers.  Although many had genealogical ties, it seems they turned on each other for survival.
 
In 1877 there were about 100 inhabitants on the Island.  You may think of Bible accounts where people turned against one another.  This seems to suggest that this does indeed happen.  
 
Just my ruminations about. "Where have all the people gone." 

You might ask what makes a people. A common language? A common history? A similar way of living? All these things are prone to change. You might also ask, are they a people because they have a common language, or do they have a common language because they are a people? Maybe both are equally true. Perhaps these factors change as time moves and all of a sudden you identify yourself, not as your relatives did 1,000 years ago, but as something different. Also, a decline in birthrate may follow changes in society.


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On 8/18/2017 at 8:04 AM, kejedo said:

Just my ruminations about. "Where have all the people gone." 

Like in early Israel, they were commanded to take possession of places and it were many they killed. They became separated to Jehovah and become inclined to other gods. Jehovah then said to them they will not be completely protected and last. They were nearly died because I don't know why many hated Jews. 

Another was the plan of figuring the earth is round or flat. Those who find foods or spices and some glory or fame, they say to spread the religion it became their primary motive to conquer places and killing many people. Then times were there are wars which include usage of 'drugs' or 'opium' of warriors. I don't remember why world war I started but it became prevalent, probably the death of someone and it literally killed everyone also it brought great economic depression that brought many to hunger. The world war ii to form alliances against nations that became to be ended when there at last nothing like that happens. The plagues like dengue or other diseases, increase of technology and also the mental disease/sadness that increase the suicide death from teenagers most commonly to old ones sis kejedo :) 

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