ItemEIF News( 1999-01-01)
ItemTHE SYMBOLISM OF POLYNESIAN TEMPLE RITUALS (Review)( 1999-01-01)
THE SYMBOLISM OF POLYNESIAN TEMPLE RITUALS
by Paul Wallin, 1998.
The Kon-Tiki Museum Occasional Papers, Vol. 4. Available from the Kon-Tiki Museum, Bygdoynesveien 36, 0286 Oslo, Norway. Price not given.
Review by Georgia Lee
ItemMAVE MAl, THE MARQUESAS ISLANDS (Review)( 1999-01-01)
MAVE MAl, THE MARQUESAS ISLANDS
by Sharon Chester, Heidy Baumgartner, Diana Frachoso, and James Oetzel, 1998
Wandering Albatross, 724 Laurel Av. #21 1, San Mateo, CA 94401, Fax (650) 342-6507. ISBN 0-9638511-8-7. A total of 139 pages with 172 photographs, 29 illustrations, 23 maps, and one table. Approx. $18.
Review by Sidsel Millerstrom
University of CaIifornia, Berkeley
ItemGONE NATIVE" IN POLYNESIA. CAPTIVITY NARRATIVES AND EXPERIENCES FROM THE SOUTH PACIFIC (Review)( 1999-01-01)
'GONE NATIVE" IN POLYNESIA. CAPTIVITY NARRATIVES AND EXPERIENCES FROM THE SOUTH PACIFIC
by I. C. Campbell
1998 Contributions to the Study of World History 63. Greenwood Press, 88 Post Road West, Box 5007, Westport, CT 06881. Hardcover, 208 pages, $55. ISBN 0-313-30787-3. This book can be ordered from the publisher by calling (800) 225-5800.
Review by Georgia Lee
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ItemAstronomy and Rongorongo( 1999-01-01)
I have used the computer program RedShift Multimedia Astronomy, Version 2 (produced by Maris Multimedia, San Rafael, CA) to look at the stars above Easter Island over a period of years. The pictures were excellent. With this program, I have determined that a solar eclipse occurred on December 31, 1842, near summer solstice, and found reports about this event in the Great Washington tablet (Sb7 - Sb8), in a hieroglyphic record of Atan's manuscript and in a hieroglyphic record of Tomenika's sheet (Rjabchikov 1996a:33, 36). RedShift allowed me to observe the celestial bodies on that day, and I realized why a local, Tomenika, described that eclipse. The partial eclipse lasted about 3.5 hours and would have been a horrible warning from the gods. The duration of that eclipse was unusually long' and it occurred 20 years before the Peruvian slave raid in December 1862. The 20 year interval may be understood as an encoded symbol, because "twenty" is a sign of birds (the sun) in Rapanui manuscript E (Barthel 1978:149).