The Disappearance Of The Children Of Viracocha, Part 2: Inca Epilogue, Chachapoyas, Rapanui, Aotearoa And Hawaii (cont.)
By Brien Foerster
The other interesting thing is the birdman cult that developed on Rapanui. Are birdman depictions or legends prevalent in the rest of Polynesia? Not to my knowledge. But how about in Tiwanaku? Of course. One look at the Gate Of The Sun at Tiwanaku shows more birdman transformation characters on it than any other. This style of depiction is also found in other Peruvian cultures.
And then we have the Ahu, or altars which are found on Rapanui. Even a quick glance at them by someone who has been to either Tiwanaku or Cuzco and the Sacred Valley of Peru will note the startling similarity in design and execution.
The finest platform masonry, such as that found at Ahu Tahiri (one of the two ahu at Vinapu), consists of ‘enormous squared and tooled stones, that turn the edge of the toughest modern steel’. The best facade slabs commonly weigh 2 or 3 tons. At Vinapu one of the polished basalt slabs measures 2.5 by 1.7 m (8 by 5.5 ft) and weighs 6 or 7 tons, while one at Ahu Vai Mata is 3 by 2 m (10 by 6 ft), and weighs 9 or 10 tons.
John Macmillan Brown writes:
The colossal blocks are tooled and cut so as to fit each other. In the Ahu Vinapu and in the fragment of the ahu near Hangaroa beach the stones are as colossal as in the old Temple of the Sun in Cuzco, they are as carefully tooled, and the irregularities of their sides that have to come together are so cut that the two faces exactly fit into each other. These blocks are too huge to have been shifted frequently to let the mason find out whether they fitted or not. They must have been cut and tooled to exact measurement or plan. There is no evidence of chipping after they have been laid. Every angle and projection must have been measured with scientific precision before the stones were nearing their finish.
A recent expedition by Dr. Robert Shock, a geologist, to Rapanui revealed interesting results. According to him, based on his knowledge of the wear patterns of stones due to rain and wind driven sand, for example, the Moai made of basalt are the oldest, as are the altar platforms. He was unable to find large basalt deposits near to where the Moai presently stand, but speculate that the basalt source is presently under the ocean.
Stone altar on Rapanui. Eerily like Inca stone construction Photo from Bing Free Images