A petroglyph with a birdman motif that is half man and half bird and connected to cult events at the sacred site Orango.
The purpose of the Birdman competition was to obtain the first egg of the season from an offshore islet, Motu Nui. Contestants descended the sheer cliffs from Orongo and swam to Motu Nui where they awaited the coming of the birds. The first to procure an egg became the winner. He presented it to his sponsor who then was declared Birdman for that year, an important status position.
- RANDY OLSON
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- Easter Island_National Geographic magazine 7/2012