Societal tensions are expressed in legends and myths. On Rapa Nui, we find many legends that focus on warfare and vengeance; even the offshore islets are said to have taken their position after quarreling with one another (Metraux 1971:389). Poignant (1967:69) notes that anxieties and fears reflected the facts of life on this stress-ridden island, and that myths are also linked with the land. "Named locations" often were described in detail in order to establish territorial claims.
Lee, Georgia and Ika, Keremo
"Petroglyphs and Legends of Rapa Nui,"
Rapa Nui Journal: Journal of the Easter Island Foundation: Vol. 13
, Article 4.
Available at: https://kahualike.manoa.hawaii.edu/rnj/vol13/iss4/4