Sunday, April 20, 2008

Before restoration, these statues were washed several hundred yards inland by a tsunami in the 60's.

The largest mo'ai on the island, nicknamed "Paro". Piles of stones were placed in front of the statues, centered at the neck, before they were toppled, with the intention of breaking the neck.

A petroglyph at Orongo, along the south side of the island. The petroglyph shows "Make Make", the creator god.

The interior of the volcano crater at Orongo. There are no mo'ai at this site, but it was an important location of the birdman cult, who took over after the decline of the statue building civilization.
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