People have been fascinated for years about the place in the Easter Islands where the mysterious moai stand. Researchers have never been able to decipher why these figures were ever constructed. What is the purpose of these large figures featuring exaggerated heads? Some researchers suggest that the statues were symbols of authority and power, used by both the religious and political. However they were not just symbols. To the people who erected and used them, it was believed that they were actual repositories of sacred spirits. Carved stone and wooden objects in ancient Polynesian religions, when correctly created and ritually prepared, were believed to be charged by a magical spiritual essence that is what they called mana." Archaeologists believe that the statues were a representation of the ancient Polynesian's ancestors. The moai statues face away from the ocean and towards the villages as if to watch over the people who lived there. The exception is the seven Ahu Akivi which face out to sea to help travelers find the island, or so it is said.