Brigadoon - An Occasional Corner on the Internet
Designed by Mark Little
South America January to April 2017
Rano Raraku is a volcanic crater formed from consolidated volcanic ash (or tuff). It was the quarry that supplied about 95% of the island's moai. There are apparently nearly 400 moai remaining in the area of the quarry, although Mark and Alexa didn't count them to be sure.
The moai to the left (and above) is an unusual one, since it is depicted with a beard and in a kneeling position.
This posture is well know on Easter Island and used by people forming a chorus in the festivals. The posture is called tuku rui.
The statue is not made from the material from the quarry, but rather, is from the quarry that is used to form the red top-knot that still remain on some of the statues.
There are suggestions that this statue was carved after the production of the classic statues had stopped and may be one of the last moai ever made.
From the side of the quarry, it possible to look down towards the sea and the line of moai at Tongariki.
These huge monoliths were dragged from the quarry to the locations around the island where they stand. There are a number of theories on how they were moved without using beast of burden or the wheel. They range from using trees are rollers to "walking" the statues using ropes and a rocking motion. No matter how it was done, it would have taken a lot of effort and a long time!