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Two chiefs of Yap Island, western Caroline (Pacific) Islands with three huge perforated stones which were used as currency

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1885 Caroline Chiefs Currency Exotic Huge Money Pacific Perforated Stones


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This print from Mary Evans Picture Library transports us back to the year 1885, where two powerful chiefs of Yap Island in the western Caroline Islands proudly display three enormous perforated stones - their unique form of currency. These stones, known as Rai, were not only a symbol of wealth and power but also served as a medium of exchange for trade on the exotic Pacific island. The image captures a moment frozen in time, showcasing the rich history and cultural significance of these ancient forms of money. The intricate patterns carved into each stone tell stories of tradition and heritage that have been passed down through generations. As we gaze upon this historical artifact, we are reminded of the diverse ways in which different societies have valued and exchanged goods throughout time. The sight of these massive stones standing tall next to the chiefs serves as a testament to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of indigenous peoples who thrived on these remote islands. Through this photograph, we are granted a glimpse into a world far removed from our own - one where stones were worth more than gold and where trade was conducted with objects larger than life itself. It is truly a fascinating window into the past that leaves us pondering the complexities of human civilization and its many forms of currency.

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