Shapes and Proposed Meanings of the Nazca Lines

    The Nazca lines include a large number of geometric shapes and designs scattered across this desert region.  There are however major ones which are commonly thought of in accordance with the Nazca lines.  These major ones depict huge shapes of animals and plants and particularly enthrall peoples imaginations.  The Nazca lines which make up these distinct shapes include the monkey, the condor, a round headed humanoid figure known as "the astronaut", another human figure, a spider, a hummingbird, a pair of hands, and a tree.
    Much mystery surrounds each of these symbols as people theorized as to how they were constructed.  The most controversy is surrounding the astronaut which people cite as proof of a more advanced civilizations role in making these figures.  People attribute the shapes to the ancient culture playing tribute to what they believed were gods but were in actuality aliens or a more advanced species.  The lines and geometric figures are said to be grids for take off and landing of advanced air and space craft.  The astronaut is thought to be the ancient cultures rendition of what the aliens looked like.  It is also theorized that these shapes are too large to be made without the assistance of a sweeping aerial view of the site.
    Most archaeologists and anthropologists who have thoroughly studied the ancient Nazca culture generally agree that the lines were within the capabilities of the ancient people to make on their own.  The artwork is also in accordance with other Nazca art such as pottery.  It is more likely that these symbols has a meaning attached to the culture as a whole relating back to stories and legends passed by word of mouth through the ancient culture.  Sacred and spiritual rituals are thought to be centered around these symbols which makes much more sense for cultures of this time.  Much of Nazca culture was centered around death and wild animals and jungles would have held much danger for the people as found in the depiction of the giant spider, most likely being poisonous. Evidence of sacrifice is also found within the culture and further supports the ritualistic nature of these animal and plant symbols. These creatures and plants would have been associated with the geographical area and most likely had no more attached meaning than stories for survival told around the campfire.  If ancient aliens were the case there would have been a more widespread and monumental recording of their presence that reverberated into every fiber of the ancient culture.  A few large shapes and symbols which could be made through mathematical means is extremely paltry evidence that such aliens did in fact visit the Nazca people.  The exact function of each symbol has not been ascertained but it is on the whole very logical to assume they pertained to ritualistic values.

Nazca Lines