The magnificent view of the full body of the Moai statues hidden beneath the earth in Easter Island tells a tale about the inhabitants of this island hundreds of years ago. No wonder it has earned its place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Carved mostly from volcanic rocks by the Rapanui people, the intrinsic details on the body speaks of the carving skills and the artistic nature of these inhabitants. Made from one large rock weighing about 14 tonnes, it fetches a height between 2.5 – 10 metres. Although it is known that there are about 1000 Moai statues in this island, it is still unknown why, when or how it was made. It is a common belief that it was made to deify their ancestors.
Here are some images of the Moai statues during excavation project courtesy of Easter Island Statue Project:
The statue of Moai above somehow reminds me of the Batak statues in Samosir Island, Indonesia with their smaller sized counterpart as shown below.
Although the statues was believed to honour and deify their ancestry, I still feel that we should not rule out the possibility of the statues kept in these locations especially the ones facing the sea as a warning to pirates or would be enemies to stay away from infringing the island. The outlook of the statue from far would give the indication that there are giants living in this island and it would be better for them to stay out of this island.
Photos: Easter Island Statue Project