My arrival to Easter Island was on the Soren Larson, a two-masted square-rigged sailing ship. We sailed from Panama via the Galapagos and I spent a delightful week on Easter Island before flying on to Tahiti and New Zealand. Along the way, I became intrigued with carved figures and petroglyphs that seemed to depict joined human beings which I took as textbook illustrations of conjoined twins. That experience, plus a search of the literature, has led to this paper. My interest stems from the ethical considerations involved in the care of six sets of twins (Raffensperger 1997:249-255). I was, however, unaware of artistic representations of joined human figures until I observed a terracotta statuette from Mexico in the Museo de Colon, Gran Canaria.
Raffensperger, John M.D.
"Conjoined Twins in Polynesia?,"
Rapa Nui Journal: Journal of the Easter Island Foundation: Vol. 15
, Article 6.
Available at: https://kahualike.manoa.hawaii.edu/rnj/vol15/iss2/6