what do these heads signify?’ Let us find out more about these incredible statues in this article titled 20 interesting Easter Island Statues facts.
1. Different Rocks had been used for. Carving the statues Out of 887 known. Moai 834 were carved out. From compressed volcanic ash known as tuff.
2. 13 Were carve Out of basalt 17 from scoria a fragile red rock and 22 from trachyte.
3. The average height of the Easter Island Statues is 13.1 feet with average weight being 12.5 tons each.
4. All the statues always faced away from the oceans. That is, they faced inland. However, there is one exception.
Only one statue faces the ocean and is located at Ahu Akivi, which was a sacred place for the Rapa Nui people.
5. According to experts, the statues were symbols of political and religious power and authority.
6. Some archeologists say that the statues actually signified repositories of sacred spirit because the, Rapa Nui people thought ritually prepared and properly fashioned.
7. The possible reason for the statues facing away from the ocean and facing inland towards the villages is that. The people of Rapa Nui thought of the statues as protectors of their people overlooking the village.
8. Many of the statues that were carved out of basalt have. Petroglyphs inscribed on them.
9. Some of the incomplete statues once gave birth to the idea that the island (Easter Island) was once a part of sunken continent and that most of the completed statues were resting under the water.
10. Later careful studies debunked the sunken. Continent myth and it is now believed that while. Carving the statues on tuff A soft rock craftsmen would deliberately leave
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them incomplete if they came across any hard rock inclusion and started carving a different statue. Also, some of the statues were incomplete simply because the carving era came to an end.
But not everyone agrees about the location of the statues. Jo Anne Val Tilburg, an Easter Island expert from the University of California, Los Angeles, said:
“The existence of fresh water seeps near coastal ahu is well-known and was certainly important at European contact. However, such seeps are today, and probably always were, minor resources.
It is highly unlikely, in my view, that these resources were of major importance in locating ahu during prehistory.”
- Suggested readings:
- A.L. Kaeppler, “Sculptures of Barkcloth and Wood from Rapa Nui: Continuities and Polynesian Affinities,” Anthropology and Aesthetics, 44 (2003), pp. 10–69.