19 facts about Nan Madol

Nan Madol
11.Nan Madol was the elite residence of the nobility who took care of the burial and funerary activities guided by priests.
12.The population of the city was about 1,000 people, although it is recently assumed that it never exceeded 500 people.
13.The name of the city of Nan Madol means "spacing between", which probably refers to the channels between the islets.
Nan Madol is not the original name of the island, the original name is Reef of Heavens.
14.Each island served different purpose.
Some prepared food, others built canoes or extracted coconut oil. One of the islands served as a royal funeral home. The small island of Idehd was a religious center. Ritual ceremonies led by priests  were held here.
15.Thirty-four islands formed an administrative center, and also houses of aristocracy.
On a separate island were the residences of Saudeleur and his family.
16.Two islands were intended for holy eels.
One had a holy eel that was fed with turtles' guts. The second holy eel was kept on an island where clams were bred.
17.Legend says that the first rulers of the city were brothers Ohlosohpa and Ohlosihwa, who reached the island in the company of gods.
The brothers were newcomers from a distant land south of Pohnpei. They arrived with 17 men and women in a large boat, looking for a place to settle. Their appearance was different from the natives, especially the height - they were very tall.
The natives described the brothers as "witches" because according to stories from local people, they were supposed to raise huge megaliths with the help of a "flying dragon". The brothers ruled wisely and fairly, but their successors treated the natives as slaves, forcing them to work, collecting high commissions in the form of agricultural produce and fish. Over the years, a noble class emerged from the descendants of the newcomers and natives who entered into family ties with the new arrivals. Olosohpa himself married a local woman and started a dynasty of 16 successive rulers.
18.It is surprising that an island was chosen as the city's construction site, where there is no access to drinking water or arable land.
Everything had to be delivered from outside.
19.One of the Oceania researchers, who was the first to describe Nan Madol  at the end of the 19th century was the Polish ethnographer Jan Kubary.
On the basis of oral stories of islanders who still remembered the names of individual islets of Nan Madol, German ethnographer and archaeologist Paul Hambruch in 1910 made a map of the islets.

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