Saturday, September 08, 2012



The Mystery

♦ The Nazca Lines cover more than 190 square miles in the southern deserts of Peru.
♦ They were made by the Nazca people, who flourished between 200 BCE and 600 CE along rivers and streams that flow from the Andes.
♦ From the air, the "lines" include not only lines and geometric shapes, but also depictions of humans,animals and plants in stylized forms.

Few Theories

♦ Their size and their purpose have led some to speculate that visitors from another planet either created or directed the project. Few scholars think that the Nazca lines formed an airfield for alien spacecraft.
♦ One theory means the Nazca-Lines was made by Negroid Slaves of the Tihuanaco Culture.
♦ Robert Bast thinks that all these animal, plant and human-shaped figures are lying together on the ground which could be a memorial place of the big flood.
♦ Gilbert de Jong recognized a 'Nazcan Zodiac'.
♦ Robin Edgar proposes that the Nazca-Figures were inspired by, and intended to be seen by, the (so-called) "Eye of God" that is manifested during total solar eclipses.
♦ Maria Reiche, the most famous Nazca-Researcher, prefer the astronomical theory. Lines should show in direction of the rising of important stars and planetary events like sun solstices. Formations like the spider and the monkey could show star constellations like Orion and Ursa Mayor.
♦ G. von Breunig thinks the lines were used for running footraces.

Some think it is mysterious that the figures have remained intact for so many hundreds of years. However, the geology of the area solves that mystery. The "desert pavement" created in this dry, rainless environment, erosion has facilitated the remarkable preservation of the markings.

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