5 Facts About Easter Island That You May Not Know
It’s Easter Sunday and even though Easter Island (the volcanic Polynesia island near Chile) has zero correlation with Easter (the festival surrounding Jesus Christ’s resurrection), we thought we’d play on the words and tell you some interesting facts about the ancient relics inhabiting Easter Island.
1) No one can figure out exactly how the famous statues were moved
Somehow these incredible statues (moai) – the tallest of which is 33ft and the heaviest of which weighs 86 tonnes – were moved 11 miles without the islanders having access to wheels, cranes or huge animals. It’s one of the great unsolved mysteries of life and although some scientists suggest it could have been done with log rollers, rope and a sled there has been a huge struggle when it comes to proving this as a successful method. Maybe we’ll just never know…
2) The statues (moai) aren’t just floating heads
Nope, in fact underneath the surface, those huge floating heads have even bigger bodies!
3) Easter Island is one of the most remote communities in the entire world!
It’s so far away from anything to the point that their nearest neighbour is the island, Pitcairn, which is still 1,200 miles away. Of course if you are planning to visit then chances are you’d have to fly from Chile which despite being the nearest continental land is still 2,300 miles.
4) Someone once tried to steal a Moai’s ear!
That’s right! Some cheeky little tourist thought stealing the ear of a Moai was a great idea. Thankfully the dude was caught in the act whilst trying to hack off a piece of the statue. He faced a fine of nearly £13,000 and up to seven years in prison. So the lesson we learned here is don’t deface a timeless wonder of the world.
5) There’s an odd one out!
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One Moai, called Tukuturi looks very different to everyone else. Tukuturi is far more human-like in appearance and does not have the famous elongated features that you might expect to see. Instead, Tukuturi is a lot smaller, with a round head and what even appears to be a beard. It is also placed in a kneeling position and the material of which it was made from is a reddish stone called Puna Pua which means it was made at a different site and then transported to the home of Rano Raraku to join the others. What’s most bizarre is no one knows why Tukuturi was made so differently.
There you have it five, fun facts about Easter Island!
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