Rongorongo: The Easter Island Script: History, Traditions, Text by Steven Roger FischerRongorongo: The Easter Island Script: History, Traditions, Text by Steven Roger Fischer

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

bySteven Roger Fischer

Hardcover | December 1, 1997

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Rongorongo, Easter Island's enigmatic script and Oceania's only known pre-twentieth-century writing system, is here comprehensively documented for the first time. The author tells the full history of rongorongo's exciting discovery and the many attempts at a decipherment. Pre-missionarytraditions surrounding rongorongo are described from previously unpublished material. Full transcriptions of all the 25 surviving rongorongo inscriptions are provided, along with detailed photographs of nearly every incised artefact. In over six years of full-time research that took the author from St Petersburg to Easter Island, a wholly new picture of the rongorongo phenomenon hasemerged. This book is the definitive study of one of the world's most fascinating and eloquent graphic achievements.
Steven Roger Fischer is a Director at the Institute of Polynesian Languages and Literatures, Auckland.
Title:Rongorongo: The Easter Island Script: History, Traditions, TextFormat:HardcoverDimensions:734 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.69 inPublished:December 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198237103

ISBN - 13:9780198237105


Table of Contents

PrefacePart 1: HISTORYPart 2: TRADITIONSPart 3: TEXTSConclusionNotesGlossaryReferencesIndex

Editorial Reviews

`Fischer now has complete, readable texts in an ancient form of Greek. Fischer's most valuable contribution is a detailed history of research on Rongoronga ... and a full catalogue of all known Rongorongo inscriptions. These alone will make this book a must, not only for Polynesianspecialists, but for all those interested in non-European scripts.'The Times Higher Education Supplement