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  • Moai Tukuturi - Easter Island
      Moai Tukuturi
    by pure1942
  • Moai Tukuturi - Easter Island
  • Moai Tukuturi - Easter Island
  • Moai Tukuturi - Easter Island

This Moai deserves a special mention as it is one of the most unusual and unique moai ever discovered. There is no other moai on the island that comes close to resembling the kneeling Moai Tukuturi. All other moai ever carved were created in an upright standing position but Tukuturi has an obvious, kneeling posture. The head of the moai also has what appears to be a beard and is more rounded than most moai.
Another oddity of Tukuturi, is that while the vast majority of the moai on Easter Island were carved from the hard, volcanic tuff of Rano Raraku, Tukuturi was cut from the soft scoria rock of Puna Pau, located at the other side of the island, and normally used as the quarry for the red pukao (top knots). Given that Tukuturi was discovered at Rano Raraku, it is strange that the statue was transported all the way from Puna Pau, especially considering that all the moai actually carved at Rano Raraku were destined for some other location! Why was Tukuturi transported here and not to an ahu? Why is he kneeling? Why was he cut from different stone? Is it actually a male? These questions may never be answered with any conviction and that is what makes this moai so intriguing. The moai has baffled archaeologists and historians ever since being re-discovered by Thor Heyerdahl?s expedition and excavation in the 1950s. Controversial comparisons have been made between this moai and similar statues found in Tahiti, Peru and Bolivia and has led some to claim that the moai were influenced or even made by Incas from South America! These claims have largely been rubbished but there are some interesting similarities between the carving styles, (google Tiwanaku statues) which does make you ponder the possibility that the Polynesian Rapa Nui islanders may have had contact with or even originally came from the South American Continent...food for thought or nonsense...you decide ;)

Address: Rano Raraku
Directions: Moai Tukuturi is loctaed on the eastern slope of the hillside. Follow the path around the hill and you will come to the moai site.

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  • Updated Nov 2, 2011
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