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Thirty Two Figures

The figures, of animals and plants, total 32. The animals are mammals (whale, monkey, dog and two llamas), birds (heron, stork, pelican, gull, fisher bird, humming bird, parrot and others that are repeated), reptiles (crocodile, lizard, iguana and what looks like a snake), fish (two unidentified ones) and invertebrates (spider and snail).

The figures of plants represent a huarango tree (carob), a cassava root, fresh-water weed and seaweed.

Maria Reiche believes the monkey may be identified with the Great Bear constellation. Doctor Paul Kossok, researcher of pre-Hispanic irrigation on the Peruvian coast, agrees, stating that the lines and figures refer to astronomy and climate.

lf the theory is correct, this would be the biggest calendar in the worid, The drawings would accordingly have served for ceremonies related to astronomy, astrology and religious worship, held in the mysterious desert.


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