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Abstract

In the latest Issue of the Journal of the Polynesian Society I announce what is perhaps the first scientifically verifiable identification of the genre of three rongorongo inscriptions. The article detailing this announcement demonstrates that the rongorongo texts on the "Santiago Staff' (RR 10), the reverse of the 'Small Santiago Tablet" (RR 8v), and "Honolulu 3629" (RR J I) appear to consist, either exclusively (RR 10 and 11) or in part (RR 8v), of hundreds of repetitive series of glyphic triads-that is, individual sequences made up of three glyphs each--whose first constituent is always suffixed by a phallus like glyph. An internal analysis of these three inscriptions argues that the triads might best be epitomized by the epigraphic formula X1YZn.

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