posted on Dec, 23 2010 @ 05:40 PM
reply to post by WHOS READY
Here is an interesting account by K. Masao Hadley, Pensile Lawrence and Carole Jencks, research workers living on Ponape.What does tradition say
about the mysterious ruins of Nan Madol?
The main building is referred to as the “Temple of the Holy Dove” in the legend. Only three centuries ago, Nanusunsap, the Dove God and high
priest, was rowed through the canals in a boat and opposite him sat a dove which he had to look in the eyes all the time. If the dove blinked-and
doves do so constantly-the poor high priest had to blink back. A strange conceit. However, the legends relate that originally the symbol of Nan Madol
was not a dove, but a fire breathing dragon.
The stories about the origin of the island and the buildings are woven round this formerly indigenous dragon. The dragon’s mother had excavated the
canals with her powerful muzzle and so created the islets. The dragon had a magician as helper and this dragon-magician knew a rhyme with which,
thanks to the power of the charm, he could make the basalt blocks fly over from the neighboring island, and then, with the help of another rhyme, use
them to make buildings without the inhabitants of Nan Madol lifting a finger.