Why the moai of Easter Island have their backs to the sea

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Moai on Easter Island all face inwards. Naturally, we wondered why they all faced the island instead of the ocean. The story goes that the people who built the Moai believed that they were the only people in the whole world. Any invaders or bad people that would be coming would have to come from within the island – not by sea!

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Easter Island (Rapa Nui in Polynesian) is a Chilean island in the southern Pacific Ocean famous for it’s stone head statues called Moai. When you first see a Moai statue you are drawn to its disproportionately large head (compared to body length) and that is why they are commonly called “Easter Island Heads”.

3Why the moai of Easter Island have their backs to the sea
The Easter Island, known initially as Rapa Nui, is situated in the Southeast Pacific and is famous for its carvings. The statues take the form of human nature, and are known by the natives as “moai.” History has it that the sculptures were made from 1000 C.E. By the time the century was halfway; the […]

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Easter Island statues: mystery behind their location revealed. Binghamton University researchers found that Easter Island’s moai … Easter Island people to head to London to request statue back.

5Why the moai of Easter Island have their backs to the sea
Easter Island (Rapa Nui: Rapa Nui, Spanish: Isla de Pascua) is an island and special territory of Chile in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle in Oceania.Easter Island is most famous for its nearly 1,000 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people.In 1995, UNESCO named Easter Island a World Heritage Site …


Moʻai / ˈ m oʊ. aɪ / (), or moai (Spanish: moái, Rapa Nui: moʻai, meaning “statue” in Rapa Nui), are monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people on Easter Island in eastern Polynesia between the years 1250 and 1500. Nearly half are still at Rano Raraku, the main moʻai quarry, but hundreds were transported from there and set on stone platforms called ahu around the island’s …

7Why the moai of Easter Island have their backs to the sea
The moai and ceremonial sites are along the coast, with a concentration on Easter Island’s southeast coast. Here, the moai are more ‘standardized’ in design, and are believed to have been carved …


The best spots to see moai on Easter Island. Chile. All along the shores of Easter Island you can see groups of the famous moai standing fiercely and shining in the sun. Most of the time they’re facing the hills, showing their backs to the sea, as a way of protecting the island.


All the Moai and ceremonial sites along the coast stand with their backs to the sea looking over and protecting the islanders. The exception to this are the seven Moai at Ahu Akivi which face out to sea and are said to help travelers find the island.

10Why the moai of Easter Island have their backs to the sea
Easter Island is home to the Rapa Nui National Park, which was added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites over twenty years ago. The island World Heritage status was secured due to its fame around the world and the iconic Moai that grace the island. A vast majority of Easter Island has been declared as part of the Rapa Nui National Park.

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1The growth and decline in Rapa Nui’s population is a lesson for our future
The population on Rapa Nui didn’t crash because the Europeans came. Nor did they live in idyllic equilibrium with nature for centuries.
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1  Unbelievable Hidden Secrets of Easter Island
Ever since its discovery, Easter Island has been shrouded in mystery. And in these last few years, we have found out some Amazing Facts that will blow your mind. Let’s see them. 1) The Island This may seem a very tiny place with just 163 square miles of territory, but this small island commonly known as Rapa Nui, holds no less than 887 statues …
Watch Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM5hetKW-Nc

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1Easter Island
point of the Polynesian Triangle in Oceania. Easter Island is most famous for its nearly 1,000 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early…
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter Island

Historically, the islands of the South Seas have been known as South Sea Islands. Their inhabitants have been known as South Sea Islanders, even though the Hawaiian…

3Robinson Crusoe Island
with images of landscapes, flora and fauna on the island "Robinson Crusoe, Moai Statues and the Rapa Nui: the Stories of Chile’s Far-Off Islands" from Sounds…
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robinson Crusoe Island