"Te Pito Kura--The Navel of the World" Easter Island Things to Do Tip by sswagner

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  The magnetic stone at Te Pito Kura
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  • The magnetic stone at Te Pito Kura - Easter Island
      The magnetic stone at Te Pito Kura
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  • Approaching the stone, I am facing south - Easter Island
      Approaching the stone, I am facing south
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  • The stone is certainly magnetic - Easter Island
      The stone is certainly magnetic
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  • Toppled moai at Ahu Te Pito Kura - Easter Island
      Toppled moai at Ahu Te Pito Kura
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At this site, there is fallen moai that is the largest one erected onto a platform. A topknot also lies nearby the moai. Yet, there is a curiosity at this site which really draws visitors in. It is a magnetic stone surrounded by four smaller stones indicating cardinal directions. This is contained within a stone wall. No one is sure how it was placed here. A legend states that the first king, Hotu Matua, brought the stone from another island. However, geologists say that the stone did originate on Easter Island. This rock is known as "The Navel of the World" just as the island is in itself. If the island is the center of their world, then the stone is the center of the island. Since the islanders did not have metal working technology when they built the civilization here, I find it fascinating that a magnetic stone would get this kind of attention. This is part of the mystery of Easter Island. What exactly does the stone represent, who brought it here, and why?

Directions: On the north shore road between Anakena and Tongariki. A sign indicates the site. It will be on the ocean side of the road depending on which direction it is being approached.

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  • Written Dec 28, 2007
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