Chile Travel: 7 Interesting Facts about Easter Island Statues
Easter Island Statues, or Moai, come with some very interesting facts including their original meaning. Once you come to realize the real history behind these stone figures, you will have a brand new respect for this tiny island and the 4700+ residents who call it home.
There are 7 interesting facts about Easter Island statues, including:
1. Although the island is just 63 square miles, there are over 1000 statues, which average in size from 14 feet to 33 feet. Depending on the part of the island, you should be able to recognize where you are just by the Easter Island Moai because they are all over and their completion varies. Some are turned over, others are on platforms, and still others have ½ mile spacing, like a perimeter around the entire island.
2. Easter Island tours have increased over the past ten years due to the statues. More people recognize these rock formations because of their appearance in movies, especially comedies where they use them as ironic figureheads because some appear to have crowns on their heads.
3. A major Easter Island mystery is the meaning behind the statues. Although scientists and scholars have tried to decipher the specific reason for the vast number, they still do not have a concrete answer.
4. During 2010, over 1 million people visited Easter Island, which makes this among the top Chile tourist attractions. Some speculate that the tourist numbers would increase if flying was not the only way to reach the island.
5. To begin construction on any of the Easter Island statues, many believe that the number of people required to assist, ranged anywhere from 50 to 150, depending on the weight and size. Since they are all over the island, this had to take years to complete.
6. According to historical data, the Easter Island statues contain mana; a type of magical essence that the original inhabitants worshiped. This still does not explain the reason for the large numbers or why they were distributed in so many different areas.
7. From 1790 to 1825, Europeans and natives were constantly fighting; this is how many of the statues were knocked off of their platforms. Because of their size, they remain this way to date.