Since the eighteenth century there have been many compilations of myths and legends about Rapanui culture. In some cases, there are different versions of a story and many of these have survived until the present time.
Oral traditions are presently limited to the most elderly members of the community, and they correspond with surprising accuracy to various accounts compiled by scientists since the beginning of the 20th century.
Arredondo, Ana Maria
"The View of Woman in Rapanui Society Part 1. Women in Myths and Legends,"
Rapa Nui Journal: Journal of the Easter Island Foundation: Vol. 14
, Article 2.
Available at: https://kahualike.manoa.hawaii.edu/rnj/vol14/iss2/2