Rano Raraku

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19 travelers at this place:

  • Day4

    L'homme oiseau, Rano Kau, Île de Pâques

    March 3, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Au 19 ème siècle, tous les ans, au début du printemps, les chefs de chaque clan choisissaient leurs meilleurs hommes et les présentaient à une compétition. Ceux-ci devaient descendre la paroi abrupte d'un volcan, nager 400 mètres (en faisant attention aux requins) jusqu'à un motu où un oiseau vient tous les ans pondre ses œufs (le manutara ou hirondelle de mer). Les guerriers devaient récupérer le premier oeuf pondu et le ramener à leur chef. Cela pouvait durer plusieurs semaines. À chaque fois qu'un homme mourrait, le chef pouvait en envoyer un autre. Le premier qui donnait l'œuf à son chef permettait à celui-ci d'être sacré Homme Oiseau pendant un an. Ce dernier était alors considéré comme le représentant du dieu Make-Make sur l'île et avait de grands privilèges.

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  • Day75

    Birdman petroglyph at Rano Kao

    December 13, 2017 in Chile ⋅ 🌬 23 °C

    The Tangata manu ("bird-man," from tangata"person, human being" + manu "bird") was the winner of a traditional competition on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). The ritual was an annual competition to collect the first sooty tern(manu tara) egg of the season from the islet of Motu Nui, swim back to Rapa Nui and climb the sea cliff of Rano Kau to the clifftop village of Orongo. The race was very dangerous and many hopu (assistants of the contestants) were killed by sharks, by drowning, or by falling from cliff faces, though replacements were apparently easily available.
    Once the first egg was collected, the finder would go to the highest point on Motu Nui and call out to the shore of the main island, announcing his benefactor by that benefactor's new name and telling him, "Go shave your head, you have got the egg!" The cry would be taken up by listeners at the shoreline who would pass it up the cliff side to the contestants waiting in the stone village. The unsuccessful hopu would then collectively swim back to the main island while the egg-finder would remain on Motu Nui and would fast alone until he swam back, which he would do with the egg secured inside a reed basket tied to his forehead. On his reaching land, he would then climb the steep, rocky cliff face and, if he did not fall, present the egg to his patron, who would have already shaved his head and painted it either white or red. This successful contestant (notthe hopu) would then be declared tangata-manu, would take the egg in his hand and lead a procession down the slope of Rano Kau to Anakena if he was from the western clans or Rano Raraku if he was from the eastern clans. The new tangata-manu was entitled to gifts of food and other tributes (including his clan having sole rights to collect that season's harvest of wild bird eggs and fledglings from Motu Nui), and went into seclusion for a year in a special ceremonial house. Once in residence there he was considered tapu(sacred) for the next five months of his year-long status, and allowed his nails to grow and wore a headdress of human hair. He would spend his time eating and sleeping, and would be expected to engage in no other activity.
    The Birdman cult was suppressed by Christian missionaries in the 1860s. The origin of the cult and the time thereof are uncertain, as it is unknown whether the cult replaced the preceding Moai-based religion or had co-existed with it.
    At the viewpoint of Rano Kao, there is a rock with 3 Birdman petroglyphs each on one the sides. Indicating the close association this ritual had with this place.
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  • Day81

    Easter Island - Volcan Rano Kao

    November 15, 2016 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Easter Island is not only about "Maoi". "Rano Kao" is a extinct volcano with a crater lake.

    After hiring a car for two days to discover the island, we decided to spend one day hiking. So we climbed up the volcano instead of taking a vehicle. The view from the edge of the crater shows a gap on the crater wall with an amazing view to the Pacific Ocean. It was definitely worth to climb!

    The last two days of our "holidays of holidays" on this beautiful island with its "hang-lose"-atmosphere we rented a motocycle. We visited some of our favorit places again and went to the beach before our flight took us back to Santiago de Chile for a stopover. Next destination: Buenos Aires! :-)
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  • Day75

    Rano Kao crater

    December 13, 2017 in Chile ⋅ 🌬 23 °C

    We trekked up the Rano Kao volcano till the crater. It was extremely hot and most of the path up was devoid of trees. We took about 2 hours to reach the top. There were some very beautiful views of the Hanga Rao town from the path up.

  • Day75

    Orongo village

    December 13, 2017 in Chile ⋅ 🌬 24 °C

    We were in with 30 min to closing when we met 2 more guards that told us they were closing in 15 min. We told them we were informed that we had 30 min and we will stay till 5:30 pm. They didn't say anything further, in fact, one of them joined us and gave us a guided tour 😁😁
    Orongo is a stone village and ceremonial centre at the southwestern tip of Rapa Nui(Easter Island). It consists of a collection of low, sod-covered, windowless, round-walled buildings with even lower doors positioned on the high south-westerly tip of the large volcanic caldera called Rano Kau. Below Orongo on one side a 300-meter barren cliff face drops down to the ocean; on the other, a more-gentle but still very steep grassy slope leads down to a freshwater marsh inside the high caldera.
    In the 1860s, most of the Rapa Nui islanders died of disease or were enslaved, and when the survivors were converted to Christianity, Orongo fell into disuse. In 1868, the crew of HMS Topaze removed the huge basalt moaiknown as Hoa Hakananai'a from Orongo. It is now housed in the British Museum.

    There's even a stone in the shape of a bowl where women from that time used to have child birth hoping they would grow to be birdmen. There's even a petroglyph of a baby on the stone.
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  • Day75

    Birdman commemoration petroglyphs

    December 13, 2017 in Chile ⋅ 🌬 24 °C

    At the end of the cliff, there were petroglyphs commemorating the birdmen from each year.
    Between the 18th and mid-19th centuries Orongo was the centre of a birdman cultwhose defining ritual was an annual race to bring the first manutara (sooty tern) egg back undamaged from the nearby islet of Motu Nuito Orongo. The race was very dangerous, and hunters often fell to their deaths from the cliff face. The site has numerous petroglyphs, mainly of tangata manu (birdmen) which may have been carved to commemorate some of the winners of this race.Read more

  • Day5

    Rano Kau crater

    March 15, 2016 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Way down inside is a wetland with many rare endemic species. The microclimate inside offers different light and humidity than the rest of the island, and the walls shield the species from the ocean and domesticated animals, like cattle.

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Rano Raraku

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