The Moai are Signs of Respect for the Dead
The interesting thing about the point of view chosen by the photographer in the picture of this souvenir from Chile is that it makes it seem as though the statue in question is contemplating the way of the world. There's just a great wisdom apparent, which is appropriate as this statue was made out of respect for ancestors. In this photography, this notion is even further accomplished by the playfulness of the grey and white clouds that are being used as a busy background. This allows one to admire and think about the place they are looking at as well as how it must have been for the people who called this place their home so many years ago.
Seen here is a towering figure, but more importantly it is a symbol of hope, desire and accomplishment for a group of people who saw much more than a simple earthly plain. They saw an ideal that they could count on and depend on on a spiritual level. Its very admirable how people have fought so hard for their beliefs. These statues, called Moai, weren't erected out of vanity, but rather out of respect for the dead, which in turn speaks volumes about their appreciation for life as well as the people who paved the road before them.
Respect Go Hand By Hand with Monumentality
There are many stories as to how these statues had been carried from the workplaces where the artisans carved them to the different sites on the island where they are today. One the myths tell us about a king who could move them because he was helped by a god. Scientific research shows that they were carried to their final destination on a kind of sledge. The mystery remains as to how the Rapa Nui people placed these enormous pieces on the sledge, if this was their true means of transportation. This international souvenir poses this and other questions.