Abora

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Abora project display and Dominique Goerlitz
Name: Abora
Builder: Aymara Indians, Huatajata, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
General characteristics
Class & type: Totora reed boat
Length: 32.8 ft (10.0 m)
Sail plan: Square rig with bipod mast, steering oar, and leeboards[1]

Abora is the name of an ancestal solar deity of La Palma (Canary Islands) and a traditional god of the Guanches, and of two reed boats.

Supreme being[edit]

Abora (Ibru[2]) is the name of the supreme being of the religion of the Guanches on the island of La Palma.[3] In Guanche mythology of the island of Tenerife, the supreme god was called Achamán.

Abora, reed boat[edit]

Abora was a Bolivian-made reed boat, designed in 2002, to travel more than 450 nautical miles (518 mi; 833 km) between Egypt, Lebanon and Cyprus.[4] This was an attempt to prove a theory that there were no boundaries to the travels of ancient sailors, defying modern estimations of limited exploration by prehistoric man. The idea was inspired by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl, who sailed from South America to Polynesia on the Kon-Tiki balsa raft in 1947.

Abora III[edit]

Abora III in Jersey City, 2007
Abora III non-smoking cabinet

A similar boat, the Abora III, was launched in 2007 for a transatlantic crossing. Due to damage from several storms, the expedition was abandoned 550 miles (478 nmi; 885 km) away from the Azores.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allen, J M. "Abora III building and history". Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Garrison Brinton, Daniel (1901). Races and Peoples: Lectures on the Science of Ethnography. D. McKay. p. 122. 
  3. ^ Public Domain Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Guanches". Encyclopædia Britannica 12 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 650. 
  4. ^ The Abora project CNN
  5. ^ Abora III Diary Abora III Diary

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