Nazca Lines

Isn’t it strange how you can learn of something for the first time, like a history fact, a word, or kind of tropical fruit and then it seems to spring up everywhere in the next week or two? It happens to me pretty often and it makes me wonder if I just wasn’t paying attention to this bit of information earlier as it did pop up in my life or if it truly is coincidentally cropping up in my life only since I learned about it.

Last week a friend of mine introduced me to the Nazca Lines and this evening I came across this fascinating panoramic picture of them.

The Wikipedia article about the Nazca Lines says:

The Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru. They were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The high, arid plateau stretches more than 80 kilometres (50 mi) between the towns of Nazca and Palpa on the Pampas de Jumana about 400 km south of Lima. Although some local geoglyphs resemble Paracas motifs, scholars believe the Nazca Lines were created by the Nazca culture between 400 and 650 AD.[1] The hundreds of individual figures range in complexity from simple lines to stylized hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, fish, sharks, orcas, llamas, and lizards.

The lines are shallow designs made in the ground by removing the ubiquitous reddish pebbles and uncovering the whitish ground beneath. Hundreds are simple lines or geometric shapes; more than seventy are zoomorphic designs of animals such as birds, fish, llamas, jaguar, monkey, or human figures. Other designs include phytomorphic shapes such as trees and flowers. The largest figures are over 200 metres (660 ft) across. Scholars differ in interpreting the purpose of the designs, but in general they ascribe religious significance to them.

Have any of you heard of these geoglyhs before? If so, what are your thoughts about their meaning?

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