Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft

By Thor Heyerdahl

Now an immense movie, Kon-Tiki is the checklist of Thor Heyerdahl’s staggering three-month voyage around the Pacific.

Kon-Tiki is the checklist of an remarkable adventure—a trip of 4,300 nautical miles around the Pacific Ocean by way of raft. Intrigued through Polynesian folklore, biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands were settled by way of an historic race from millions of miles to the east, led via a legendary hero, Kon-Tiki. He determined to end up his concept through duplicating the mythical voyage.

On April 28, 1947, Heyerdahl and 5 different adventurers sailed from Peru on a balsa log raft. After 3 months at the open sea, encountering raging storms, whales, and sharks, they sighted land—the Polynesian island of Puka Puka.

Translated into sixty-five languages, Kon-Tiki is a vintage, inspiring story of bold and courage—a impressive saga of guys opposed to the sea.

This variation contains a foreword via the writer and a distinct visible essay of the voyage.

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We gazed on the using clouds and the heaving moonlit sea, and we listened to an previous guy who squatted half-naked sooner than us and stared down into the demise glow from a bit smoldering fireplace. “Tiki,” the outdated guy acknowledged quietly, “he was once either god and leader. It used to be Tiki who introduced my ancestors to those islands the place we are living now. earlier than that we lived in a huge nation past the ocean. ” He poked the coals with a keep on with continue them from going out. The outdated guy sat considering. He lived for precedent days and used to be firmly fettered to them. He worshiped his forefathers and their deeds in an unbroken line again to the time of the gods. And he regarded ahead to being reunited with them. outdated Tei Tetua was once the only real survivor of all of the extinct tribes at the east coast of Fatu Hiva. How previous he used to be he didn't understand, yet his wrinkled, bark-brown, leathery epidermis seemed as though it were dried in sunlight and wind for 100 years. He used to be one of many few on those islands that also remembered and believed in his father’s and his grandfather’s mythical tales of the nice Polynesian chief-god Tiki, son of the solar. once we crept to mattress that evening in our little pile hut, previous Tei Tetua’s tales of Tiki and the islanders’ previous domestic past the ocean persisted to hang-out my mind, observed through the muffled roar of the surf within the distance. It seemed like a voice from distant occasions, which, it appeared, had whatever it desired to inform, in the market within the evening. i couldn't sleep. It used to be as if time not existed, and Tiki and his seafarers have been simply touchdown within the surf at the seashore under. A suggestion unexpectedly struck me and that i acknowledged to my spouse: “Have you spotted that the large stone figures of Tiki within the jungle are remarkably just like the monoliths left via extinct civilizations in South the United States? ” I felt yes roar of contract got here from the breakers. after which they slowly subsided whereas I slept. *   *   * So, probably, the whole lot started. So all started, at least, a complete sequence of occasions which ultimately landed the six folks and a eco-friendly parrot on board a raft off the coast of South the USA. I have in mind how I surprised my father and surprised my mom and my pals whilst I got here again to Norway and passed over my glass jars of beetles and fish from Fatu Hiva to the collage Zoological Museum. i needed to renounce animal experiences and take on primitive peoples. The unsolved mysteries of the South Seas had interested me. There has to be a rational resolution of them, and that i had made my aim the identity of the mythical hero Tiki. within the years that undefined, breakers and jungle ruins have been one of those distant, unreal dream which shaped the history and accompaniment to my experiences of the Pacific peoples. even supposing the options and tendencies of primitive guy can by no means be rightly judged by means of an armchair scholar, but he can, in his library bookshelves, commute wider past time and horizons than can any sleek open air explorer. clinical works, journals from the time of the earliest explorations, and unending collections in museums in Europe and the US provided a wealth of fabric to be used within the puzzle i wished to aim to place jointly.

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