What is it?
These statues are shaped like an eyeless face. They are also called moai, which is the traditional term for these statues. The biggest one, Paro, weighs about a hefty 82 tons, measuring to a height of about 9.9 metres. On average, these weigh approximately 10 tons. These statues litter Easter Island, with where they concentrate called ahu. They have been standing on these ahu for 300 years now, but some have been toppled since the time it was discovered.
The mystery today is how these statues were created. It is said that it was near impossible for the inhabitants of early Easter Island to carve, transport and lift the statues upright with their primitive tools. Various theories have sprouted as to how these were carved, obtained and lifted up straight, but none of them has been proven to be 100% accurate so far.
The more prominent theories are explained in “What Scientists Believe”.
What it is believed to be
stone statues are puzzling. No one knows why they were built. People have
hypothesized that they were built as a hobby that went on to conquering
the lives of many, who dedicated their lives to the erection and creation
of these megaliths. This is reflected by the fact that nearly all the
trees in Easter Island have been used up. They were probably used in the
transportation of these megaliths, used as rollers to ease pulling the
structures. Sweet potatoes could also have been used as lubrication to
assist in transportation too. This means it could very well be a hobby.
What scientists believe
Theories have it such that there were people with the divine power (or
mana) to command these rocks to move all by themselves. This seems
farfetched, but we cannot be too certain that this is not true.
Another theory is that aliens moved these rocks for leisure, and is
explained in more detail under “What could it be?”
The next one is likened to walking it. Swaying and tilting it from
side to side makes it roll on a pivot, and when it rolls on two sides, it
can move forward. However, this is unlikely, as the possibility of it
falling over is high.
These statues’ origin is shrouded with mystifying odd ends. People of that generation could not carve with their primitive tools, and it would be immensely difficult to lift it. This is another mystery that is hard to explain, as no concrete evidence has been produced so far.