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"El Gigante" Top 5 Page for this destination Easter Island Things to Do Tip by pure1942

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  El Gigante
by pure1942

Another noteworthy moai at Rano Raraku is El Gigante, the largest moai ever carved on the island. The 21 metre, 270 ton giant is still attached to the rock face at the quarry and although almost complete was abandoned suddenly like hundreds more moai at the quarry during an unexplained and sudden halt to moai production. It is generally accepted that an inter-tribal war meant a downing of tools at the quarry and that the carving of moai at Rano Rarakuwould never again resume. At the time, moai production at the quarry was at an all time high and this has led historians to theorise that the quarry workers were being over worked and under fed and this itself was a contributing factor to the tribal conflict. Whatever the reasons behind this work stoppage, looking at the massive El Gigante, you can’t help but feel sorry for the hard working islanders who had to slave away hacking out the 21 metre statue with nothing more than a chunk of sharpened rock. Maybe it was the thought of having to move it that finally sent them over the edge!

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