Who said that again : Keep It Simple, Stupid ! ???
Actually, these are kite launching paths, the locals a long time ago already, told me.
They used to get bored a bit, at times, since in those early times they were not so "lucky" to be in the posession of television, theaters,
bikini's, sex-cinema's, pornographic video's, and other assorted pornographic enjoyable equipment,
and thus they invented : KIDDY-KITING.
The problem was, that Nazca is situated on a high plateau, with shifting winds, all the time.
And as we all know, to launch a small todler strapped under a huge kite, you need a crowd.
And a lot of ropes, connected to the main kite rope, or within a few meters, it becomes a terrible mess.
So they started low profile, with the smaller and not so wide carved out paths.
Ahh, you ask yourself, but why they needed to make those paths?
Well, simple, since in medieval times Nazca, those industrious little yellow men with their myriads of shoe factories hadn't yet reached the three
America's, so they had to make shift with very flimsy footwear.
And that didn't accomodate too well together with the sharp and hard rocks, stones and pebbles which were present on the Nazca Plateau in abundant
So, they removed those nasty critters, and just shoveled them to both sides. And, since the plateau has a second layer of much softer, whitish soil,
they now could embark their offspring on their journey to heaven, and find out if they really could touch the sun with their bare hands, which
theological question was already for hundreds of years a hot debated subject between the more phylosophically tuned tribesmen.
And, without wear and tear on their precious footwear.
Precious, since there was no plentiful amount of wild cattle neglicent grazing around, to collect some cowhide from.
In fact Nazca was and is more like a mini Sahara, more with stones instead of sand.
On a sidenote, the added bonus of the soil being fairly whitish colored, were evening kiddy-kiting party's, especially attractive at full moons.
Thus, sadly, it took humanity another few hundred years, before electrical lighting was invented.
It however lead humanity on a racetrack regarding medically handy inventions, such as the first gypsum casts, and the first papyrus plasters.
They initially used that portion of the plateau on the right in above picture, the nearly totally whited out region, to explore as some sort of a
prototype drawing board.
People were, just as now, somewhat lazy, always using the simpler ideas first.
This is how science evolves by the way exactly the same slow motional way nowadays.
Well, as you know by now, from visiting these ATS forums, if you manage to flock together a bunch of argumentative, pedantric and wiseacre researchers
in a relatively small niche, they tend to wreck up the place.
Exactly what happend at Nazca, perfectly visible in that white region to the right in the aerial picture.
But, after a few years, some sort of organized effort grew out of the chaos, just as here in these forums, btw.
And the tribal elders decided, that instead of that whitish region, they would step up their evolution one notch, and use papyrus from that point in
time on, to draw their prototypes of the paths they needed to launch the kites, and in the same proces of inventing scribling paper from papyrus reed,
they found out it was perfectly usefull to make even bigger kites than the ones they used before, namely those from woven mats from cotton bulbs,
which were much too heavy to reach the stars.
Yes, these people already had dreams about cosmological adventures, they just started a titbit less gigantic than we used to.
However, reading some of the forums here, this reaching the moon by us, seems somewhat questional, on second thoughts.
They got however a bit tired from waiting untill the wind had shifted to the right direction, and discovered that you just as easily could prepare a
few more launching paths, in various directions, so the whole tribe could now amuse themselfs and their offspring every day of the year with throwing
kids in the air, hanging under the kites, which not so much later evolved in sitting on a little swing, after the size of the kites got as to be
expected, a tiny titbit out of hand.
That swing however, opened up the minds of the little todlers sitting there high in the sky, while their whole mature family stood watching down
there, with quite a bit of jealousy in their eyes, caused by the fact that the years of copious meals had tilted them over the treshhold of the weight
carying capacities of even the biggests kites they could construct. The boundaries of the strength of the fabricated papyrus had reach its final
Since they still were curious how things looked from so far above there, they persuaded their offspring to bring some sheets of papyrus up with them
and some chips of charcoal, so the somewhat more creative ones could produce the first known to man, aerial "photographs" of the Nazca Plateau.
This lead ofcourse to a thriving industry of earthbouned road surveyors, who started to draw the most idiotic megalomanic drawings in the soil of the
plateau, just as in modern times the most chaotic painters get the best attention from the willing virgins in their vicinity.
It was more a case of trial and error, everytime some kid came back down and uttered just a tiny bit of critique on the creative value of one of the
artists, they eradicated the lines, and started all over again. Kept them quite busy during the last, most inventive period.
And that's how all those monkeys, turtles and snakes and whatever more turned up on the Nazca Plateau.
Oh yeah, those missing fingers!
In the aftermath of their kite-kidding civilization period, the Nazcazians developed a kind of psychologically inclined tick, often ascribed to some
funny clothed dark skinned visitors, weilding long thin razor sharp swords, and somewhat comical headdresses. These visitors explained to have been
consuming too much of their local drink, they named sake, while on their way from their homeland which was an island, to the mainland. Their only
helmsman ate too much raw tough meat, and in his drunken stupor, he tried to clean up his teeth with the compass needle, which he dropped out of his
drunken grip and it fell overboard. And that's how they ended up at the shores near Nazca. These guys had a funny ritual, when one of them made a
grave mistake, and lost face in front of his shipmates, he cut off one finger with that funny sword, embalmed it in a roll of papyrus, and offered it
to their hosts.
This bizar and bloody ritual made such a grave impression on their hosts, that for decades to come, the Nazcazian artists tried to express their
feelings about this alien to them ritual in their artform. Thus resulting in these extravagant looking animes, with 3 or 4 fingers. And ofcourse to
warn their ancestors not to consume alcohol on sunny days, which meant in that region, as much as never.
Ahh, you ask yourself why we don't see them pulling up kites in the Nazca air in present times?
Easy to explain.
Just as on Easter Island, where the natives used up all their biomass, the Nazca locals savaged the papyrus population on the borders of the nearby
Titicaca Lake, and by means of an inevitable ecologic catastrophe, and the logical following supply and demand concussion, they slowly wrecked their
only form of amusement, the kiddy-kiting games.
That was the end of an intrinsic sad story, told to me by the last surviving eldests of the tribe, who still were daydreaming of their grandfathers
breathtaking stories, vividly depicting the utter fun of tribal kiddy-kiting.
Btw, clearly to see by the occasional observer, we are embarking on the same downward spiral with our main toy of interest, the TV.
When the last drops of oil will have been squeezed from the dried up breasts of Mother Earth, we will have to stop producing them, and a few years
later (since by then they all come from China, and we all know how long these things last), the last spot of light will slowly smolder to its end in
the last TV set.
And obviously, nobody is willing to stare at a wooden TV.
[edit on 8/12/05 by LaBTop]