Scientists Discovered Something Shocking Underneath The Easter Island Heads
Easter island is one of the most remotest islands in the world and is immensely famous for The Eastern Island Heads, also called Moai. These are some 887 extant monumental statues are present on this island and in museums and most of them have very big faces with enigmatic expressions. So the question now is that what is the discovery that we are talking about?
Scientists have discovered that the statues are not just faces, in fact most have full bodies with torsos and most of them finishing up till knees. On the outside, only the giant faces were to be seen, but after excavations, researchers found that they indeed have full bodies and have engravings on them. These engravings are in an indecipherable writing, known as petroglyphs. Now, it is uncertain whether these bodies were buried on purpose or whether they got buried because of time and erosion. This has just dig the mystery even deeper. Check out further pages to know everything about this new research...
#4 Physical Characteristics Of The Statues
Let us tell you how the statues actually look. The heads of these statues is what is mostly visible and it is their faces which have unique features. The statues are different. Most of the moai have an average height of 4 m, and weigh around 12.5 tonnes. The faces of moai are characterised by a broad nose, a strong chin, rectangle shaped ears, lips protruding into thin pouts and very deep eye slits.
The expressions on these faces are enigmatic and show a great hint of pride. To know more about these statues, check out the upcoming pages...
Since we are on this subject, it is important for all of us to know little bit about these Statue's past. Who carved theses statue's here? The Rapu Nai people are believed to have come and settled on this island during 700-1100 CE. According to some oral traditions recorded by missionaries in 1860s, the island initially had a stiff and strong class system. The area was headed by a high chief called an ariki, exercised great power over the other clans which were present on the island.
The most important cultural activity for the people was to build massive statues, and some scholars believe that these statues were of the deified ancestors. Different people, different beliefs. Keep reading ahead for more such details...
On the previous page, we were talking about the different beliefs that different people have. In a report, National Geographic had said that some scholars believe that Moai were built to honor the ancestors, chiefs, and other important personages of the time. But, all this is not certain as there are no written or oral historical facts available.
#1 The Relationship Between The Rapi Nau People And The Statues
Now that we vaguely know that The Rapi Nau people established the statues, what was the relationship between The Rapi Nau People And The Statues? Its actually all about beliefs. There is also this belief that the people had a symbolic relationship with their ancestors, and they believed that whatever comes to them, comes through the ancestors. The ancestors provided them with health, fertility, fortune and protection.
And in return, the people gave offerings to the ancestors which ensured a better place for them in the spirit world. As most of the settlements were located on the coastal areas, the statues were also erected on the coastline, and they were believed to be watching over the inhabitants of the islands and faced their backs towards the sea. This was quite an information, isn't it?
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