Rano Raraku

Saturday, May 4th 2013

We went to see Rano Raraku, where moai were born. They were carved out of volcanic rock at this quarry, and then depending on who you believe they were either rolled across the island on tree trunks, or brought to life by shamanic magic so that they could walk to whichever ahu they were heading for. I liked the shamanic magic theory. It was pretty stunning to see hundreds of moai dotted across the hillside, half out of the ground as if the magic had run out too soon.

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