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Te Pito Kura | by Erik Charlton
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Te Pito Kura

Oral tradition tells us that this central stone is one of 3 magic stones that were carried by King Hotu Matua to Easter Island when he first discovered it - possibly 1,000 - 1,200 years ago.


The Rapa Nui people believe that the central stone contains a special magnetic charge called, Mana - spiritual power. and once they landed their first ship here, the carried the stone to the shore and named it the "navel of the world" - because it represented the point of their new life/birth on Easter Island.


Researchers agree that the stone is not originally from Easter Island and that it must have been brought here a long time ago.

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Taken on March 19, 2015