Easter Island

You’ve heard of Easter Island, but what about those mysterious tiki heads? And do they have meanings behind them?


What is the purpose of the tiki heads and why are they here?

They are called Moai (the tiki heads) and there are 887 of them! They were made by the Rapa Nui people between the years 1250 and 1500, so they’re really old!

But the question is, why are they here? What is their purpose?

Well, nobody can actually explain their purpose. People say they were transported through sleds just to get to Easter Island! Their meaning was to honour the important chief’s that had died.


How did Easter Island get its name?

A Dutch sea captain, Jacob Roggerveen, visited the island on Easter Sunday, and he named it after Easter!

Easter Island has had many different names. Here are the names and the meanings:

  • “Te Pito o Te Henua” means “The Centre of The World”
  • “Mata-Ki-Te Rani” means “Eyes Looking at Heaven”

Are the tiki heads just heads?

Nope. They have full bodies! Most of them are standing, and at least one of them is kneeling. So, they’re tiki…people? Some of them have crowns of some sort too!


I hope I’ve explained most of the things about Easter Island! See you in my next article, bye!

One thought on “Easter Island

  • 04/19/2018 at 7:14 pm
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    Another great article.

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