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AKU-AKU: The Secret of Easter Island (edition 1958)

by Thor Heyerdahl

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Title:AKU-AKU: The Secret of Easter Island
Authors:Thor Heyerdahl
Info:Rand McNally & Co (1958), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 384 pages
Collections:Your library, Nehwon rpg bibliography, shelves
Rating:****
Tags:grg white, nonfiction, 2014-14

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Aku-Aku: The Secret of Easter Island by Thor Heyerdahl

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A very interesting account of an archaological expedition to Easter Island, told by an adventurerer who also sailed a raft across the Pacific. The book at its best evokes the environment of Easter Island, both above and below ground, and the social structures of the natives. But from the chapter 'Superstition against superstition' the book started to lose this reader. The author displays a marked European sense of superiority to the native beliefs, and spends a lot of time trying to hoodwink the locals into handing over their old 'family stones' to him so that they can be put 'safely' in a museum. I was convinced by his theory that Easter Island had been settled by two different peoples (Polynesians and pre-Columbian Peruvians) in its pre-European days; but not his more general ideas about Polynesian and Inca origins. ( )
  questbird | Jan 6, 2013 |
I haven't read this one for at least 30 years. I bought it (hardback) recently for its evocative ancient colour photos.
10 years ago I read the Ra expedition, which was very boring, and the Kontiki one, which was more interesting but just a description of months at sea. As a scientist, Heyerdahl is OK, but flawed. He proves that something can be done, not that it was done that way. But one problem is that what can be done (from his point of view) demands a huge amount of received knowledge which the ancients didn't have and possibly his pride in his Viking ancestry, which means his motivations are not what ancient motivations would have been. ( )
  FuficiusFango | Sep 21, 2009 |
I know nothing about how Heyerdahl is viewed by anthropologists, but I do know he writes a compelling story, has interesting theories and does more than sit in his armchair to talk about them. I really enjoyed his descriptions of Easter Island and the things they discovered there. ( )
  MrsLee | Mar 4, 2009 |
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  kemotdoman | Jan 24, 2009 |
I read this book shortly after it was published. The author tries to solve the mystery of the giant stone statues left on the island. He employs some of the natives to actually carve and stand one of these statues. It is a great story from an author who is not afraid to come up with a theory and try to prove it. ( )
  dickcraig | Sep 5, 2008 |
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