The Moai statues are a fascinating group of colossal basalt stone sculptures found on Easter Island, which is one of the Polynesian islands. These statues were erected between 1250 and 1500 and are known for their impressive size.
While the heads and necks of the Moai statues are the most visible parts, most of them also have two hands and a torso.
The backs of these statues contain inscriptions that are believed to symbolize an ancient language.
Although the majority of the Moai statues remain on Easter Island, over eleven of them have been removed from the island and can be found in various locations around the world. Six of the thirteen statues carved from basalt are among these relocated statues.
Archaeologists have suggested that the Moai statues were not just symbols of religious and political power, but also had practical purposes.
The statues were believed to represent ancestors and were placed on platforms to oversee agricultural land, which was vital to the survival of the island’s inhabitants.
Visiting Easter Island to witness these incredible Moai statues is an experience like no other. Discover the history and significance behind these mysterious sculptures and see firsthand how they have captivated people for centuries.