The Intriguing Maoi Raise many Questions
This great magnet souvenir from Chile features a beautiful picture of the infamous Moai stone figures aligned in a row as though they are awaiting orders from some deity. It's a pretty moving set up that evokes all kinds of feelings and asks all sorts of questions about the people who built them.
There is also the anthropological side of this picture that is worth considering. This perspective forces one to imagine the kinds of people who were able to construct them and found the vision well worth the time and energy.
The Works of the Rapa Nui People
For more than two centuries, the Rapa Nui people sculpted these pieces with great difficulty, using simple tools and surely plenty of hardship. Some were carved from solidified volcanic ash, others from basalt and trachyte. Supposedly, between 1250 and 1500 the Rapa Nui not only carved them but also carried them to remote places in the island where they erected them.
The Easter Island is widely known for these impressive feats of human crafting and they can be seen as a show of formidable strength by the native people who made them and were quite proud to make them all too remarkable. The fact that the Moai represent the face of their ancestors as they are transformed into gods explains all the hard work their making entailed. Even in the cases in which only the head is visible, as soon as they were excavated, the archeologists found that the Rapa Nui sculpted the whole body, which was then buried to their shoulders.
Generally speaking, the size of the pieces, around 13.3 feet, and its disposition also invite the vacation loving viewer to ask him or herself what he or she would like out of a trip, a vacation, life and much more. It's a pretty encouraging scene that hints at a natural world that is just waiting to be taken advantage of.