History : Aug-Sep 2015
GREAT DESCOVERIES NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC HISTORY 93 excavations and cataloged moai, altars, and platforms. She also interviewed locals and recorded vast amounts of information about their myths and legends. Even so, no one could explain how or why the great stone figures had been erected. Educated Guesses Routledge’s research took her to a quarry in the crater of the Rano Raraku volcano, where rock for the statues had been obtained. Struck by the large number of sculptures she found, some 394, many unfinished or half buried, Routledge wrote, “Here images lie by the score in all stages of evolution, just as they were left when, for some unknown reason, the workmen laid down their tools for the last time and the busy scene was still.” KATHERINE ROUTLEDGE suffered from paranoid schizophrenia all her life. She managed to keep the disorder at bay while on Easter Island, but subsequently her mental health deteriorated. She believed she could hear the moai’s spirits talking and thought that her husband wanted to kill her. VOICES OF THE MOAI NGS A MEMBER OF ROUTLEDGE’S TEAM SITS NEXT TO A LARGE TOPPLED MOAI IN 1914.