N is for Nazca Lines

The Letter NThe Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs (large design or motif produced on the ground) located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru.

From Wikipedia:

The lines are shallow designs made in the ground by removing the reddish pebbles and uncovering the whitish/grayish 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.

The lines were created by the Nazca people between 200 and 600 B.C.E. and they cover nearly 400 square miles.

There are many theories as to the reason behind the lines. Some think they might be an irrigation scheme or perhaps a giant astrological calendar. The birds and animal figures could be fertility symbols. Given the dryness of the Nazca plateau, they could be part of rituals to summon water.

Some think the construction of the lines might have been directed by aliens to form runways for landing alien spacecraft. Others argue that isn’t possible as vehicles of any kind would have disturbed the ground and disrupted the geoglyphs.

Another theory is that the lines were used for running footraces. Perhaps the lines were part of the Nazca’s own version of the Olympic Games?

My Idea:

Nazca Lines , The Hummingbird

While the lines are best seen from the air or the elevated hills surrounding the plateau, they say you can only really experience them by walking the lines themselves.

In my story, the different animal, bird and plant figures would represent different “spiritual journeys”. To gain wisdom, one would walk the tree pattern. To gain creativity, one would walk the monkey. Walking the hummingbird increases productivity and industry.

As part of a young person’s coming of age ritual, they would select a pattern to walk. That pattern becomes their life-long totem and would be walked once a week. Other patterns would be walked on occasion if a person was experiencing a particular spiritual crisis.

My story would follow the lives of several people; a young person choosing their pattern, a middle-aged person in spiritual crisis, an elderly person who has walked every pattern.

What do you think is the reason for the Nazca Lines?

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