Rongorongo: The Easter Island Script : History, Traditions, Texts

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Clarendon Press, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 714 pages
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This book is the first comprehensive documentation of Rongorongo, Easter Island's enigmatic script and Oceania's only known pre-twentieth-century writing system. The author tells the full history of rongorongo's exciting discovery and the many attempts at a decipherment and provides full transcriptions of all the 25 surviving rongorongo inscriptions along with detailed photographs of nearly every incised artifact.
 

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Contents

The Signatures of 1770
3
The Great Death
8
Discovery
11
Destruction
14
Rediscovery
21
The Search Begins
26
MiklukhoMaklai
32
Growing European Interest
40
TRADITIONS
254
The Informant Problem
267
Nomenclature
271
Categories of Inscriptions
281
Songs
301
Tapu
314
The Experts and Ngaara
319
Rongorongo Rites
331

Bishop Jaussen and Metoro Taua Ure
47
Croft Harrison and Pahner
58
Into the 1880s
70
William Judah Thomson and Ure Vae Iko
85
The Close of the Nineteenth Century
104
How Can the Riddle Be Solved?
116
Katherine Pease Routledge
125
Fantasts and Speculators
140
The FrancoBelgian Expedition and Alfred Metraux
158
From von HeineGeldern to Heyerdahl
172
The St Petersburg School
190
Thomas S Barthel
210
Pebbles and Pearls
240
The Rongorongo Schools
340
Reading
348
Language
355
Whence and When?
363
Material Resources
379
Naming the Rongorongo
392
The Epigones
509
Tau
528
Other Inscriptions
543
Notes
561
Glossary
663
Index
710
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About the author (1997)

Steven Roger Fischer is a Director at the Institute of Polynesian Languages and Literatures, Auckland.

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