"Manu ? Moving the Moai!" Top 5 Page for this destination Easter Island Local Custom Tip by pure1942

Easter Island Local Customs: 28 reviews and 26 photos

by pure1942

The most romantic theories of how the moai were transported originate from oral island traditions which state that the moai simpy ?walked? to their intended destination using the ancient power of manu, which made the statues come to life. Theorists have claimed that this is in fact evidence backing up their claims that the statues were moved upright and that the oral stories are just exaggerated versions of what they believe to be the process used...that the statues were moved upright by using ropes to rock and twist the statue along its route. This may have made the statues appear to ?walk?.
Other local legends exist based on stories that a king Tuu Ku Ihu moved them by calling on the power of the god make-make, while other stories state that a powerful local woman, who lived alone on one of the hills, was able to order the moai about the island at her will.

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  • Written Nov 2, 2011
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