What was the purpose of the Nazca Lines?
960 WordsFeb 4th, 20184 Pages
The Nazca lines is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. There are many strange lines and drawings in the earth, but none of them are as complex and full of meaning and mysteries like the Nazca lines are, but why? Why were these large and complex pieces of art built? The Nazca Lines were constructed and assembled close to where modern Nazca is. These lines range from a couple thousand feet, to a couple of miles long, and also have never been blown away, they have maintain to stay in tack for thousands of years. There are thousands of different lines, and people are still discovering new lines. These lines are almost impossible to see from the ground, they were only visible from up in the sky such as a plane, but why? The biggest mystery of the Nazca lines is why the Nazca people would build such huge and wonderful pictures, if they couldn’t see what they built after they were done. What does this mean, is the biggest question asked about the Nazca lines. There are hundreds of theories about the Nazca lines such as aliens came down and built them to send a message to the humans, or that the gods made them so that the people can see them. The two theories that make the most sense are that the Nazca people were trying to a line the drawings with the constellations of the stars, or that the Nazca people built them to show respect and worship the gods in a way of pictures because of what the Nazca people saw every day. I do not…
Nazca Lines: A Water Cult or Early Astronomical Worship
768 WordsJan 28th, 20183 Pages
The geoglyphs on the Pampa de Nazca in Peru are as stunning as they are mysterious. Many, many theories surround the lines such as aliens, slaves, or tribute to the dead. The lines could have been created as an extension of the Inca Ceque lines in Cusco for part of the water cult and the worship of the water and mountain deities, or perhaps they were created to please a ‘sky god’ seen during the unusual amount of solar eclipses during the time of construction or even as a depiction of constellations and zodiac knowledge.
Many ancient cultures, with the ancient Nazcas included, believed the sun and moon to be deities or eyes of an otherwise invisible sky god. This would be reinforced on the occasion of a solar eclipse where a ‘ring of fire’ is formed as the moon crosses the path of the sun, creating an eye-like shape as seen in figure 1 and 2. Three major eclipses occurred over the Pampa de Nazca beginning in 97 CE and coinciding with the beginning of the construction of the lines (Edgar, R. 2000). This has given rise to the theory that these spectacular artworks were signs or appreciation for the gods of the sky. When the Nazca lines were supposedly created between is debated and varies from 97 CE to 400 and 650 CE. The Nazca people constructed the lines by digging into the pampa to expose the lighter earth beneath and due to dry conditions and little erosion they have remained visible (Alford, A. F. 1998). Some lines…