On the Micronesian island of Pohnpei, there exists an archaeological site of mysterious stone ruins, called Nan Mandol, nicknamed the “Venice of the Pacific”. Little can be verified about the vast megalithic construction, but Pohnpeian tradition claims that the builders of the stone complex migrated there long ago. H. P.Lovecraft used the story of the ruins as the basis for his R’lyeh, a fictional sunken city, appearing in the short story “Call of Cthulhu”.
Robert Sepehr is an anthropologist and author
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