Brigadoon - An Occasional Corner on the Internet
Designed by Mark Little
South America January to April 2017
Papa Vanka is a site located on the northern road of the island between Ahu Te Pito Kura and Pu o Hiro.
It is characterised by a large number marine petroglyphs (rock carvings). Unfortunately, the overcast, rainy weather has reduced the contrast of the carvings and they do not stand out as well as they could in the photos.
Pu o Hiro
Pu o Hiro ia stone about 1.25 metres high. The name means the "Trumpet of Hiro". Hiro was the ancient god of rain.
It is a stone aerophone (a musical instrument that produces a sound by causing a boy of air to vibrate without the use of strings or membranes and without the vibrations of the instrument.
This stone aerophone is considered an ancestral musical instrument of Rapa Nui culture. There is a main hole through which the trumpet is blown. When successfully blown, it produces a deep trumpet-like noise.
Apparently, there are some islanders who can play the instruments, but Mark and Alexa did not hear anyone do so.
Unfortunately, many of the information signs are so faded that the printing is not visible at all. As a result, Mark and Alexa did not know what they were looking at until much later.