Easter Island Sculptures

Sculptures on Easter Island

Moai - the haunting statues of Easter Island - carve a series of volcanic and marine materials and then bring them to their place. Sculptures on Easter Island (picture-alliance/dpa/M. Lohmann).

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It is a ceremony structure devoted to the veneration of the divinized forefathers of each lineage, around which ceremonials, funeral rites, gatherings, dedications and feast distributions have been made. The holy places sheltered by certain tapu were reserved for the aristocracy, i.e. the clergy, politicians, warriors and worshippers, as well as their many ministers.

Legend has it that these characters represent ancestor beings of particular spiritual importance, and the people of the island thought they housed the mana, the imperfect and miraculous force that defended the societies that had it. One of the main elements of an owl is a high square plateau bordered by large boulders of stone, whether sculptured or solid, full of stone, grit and mud.

There are astronomical orientations on some of them. Most of the oldest buildings date from the sixth and seventh centuries. In the course of the years, these infrastructures developed and became larger and more complicated. In addition, many architectural, aesthetic and venerating features have been added, such as a front loading bay for accessing the deck, side wing, crematories, sculptures and paving.

They' re sculptures with hats of cinder on their faces. Missing pupkao in some sculptures indicates that this is a newer property added for aesthetic use. On the front there is an outdoor cobbled cobblestone. Those homes were occupied by highly socially-minded individuals.

They' re round-bottomed buildings. Its basis consists of Basaltsteinen. Research suggests that these buildings were temporarily rooms, which is consistent with archaeological proof. As a rule, there are no other places with home facilities designed for long-term employment. Some 250 such homes have been found in the higher elevations of the island.

Basement consists of square bricks, which are placed in the ground with cement. They are usually connected with stoneworkshops and large stonehouses. The rooms were used by preachers to make astronomical observation and to identify the beginning of the year of the moon, the growing period, the harvesting periods, the festivals of religion and the arrivals of migrating flocks of bird and fishing, which were important sources of nutrition.

The majority of the buildings and rooms were constructed with meadow-wall, roof and stick-shells. There were no window in the buildings, and sometimes they had a paving in front of them. Kolonists were also busy building places and chanceles devoted to adoration. Celebrations were held in rooms with fieldstone plattforms and pictures of stones or mai.

Every lineage had its own centre of politics, religion and socioeconomics. That is the reason for the large number of buildings on the island.

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