>Why did they do it?

>Why did they do it?
Literally no one has a decent answer for this.
>uh uh uh resource scarcity uhm uh jeeze well...CLIMATE CHANGE
frick off

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They reached South America too.

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Faustian spirit

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Faustian spirit is the only plausible explanation.
      Lots of Austronesian peoples have this somewhat matrilineal culture; that men must go out from the village on an adventure as a matter of manly pride for them.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The Polynesian migration is probably one of the most amazing chapters of human history.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      indeed, because it's inexplicable. incredibly expensive (in resources), and incredibly high risk, with no discernable payoff like the exploration journeys of other cultures.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Yep, it really just was a call to the sea for these people. The water was a virtue, not an obstacle, which is an amazing thinking for that period of time.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Why would people travel to a tropical island paradise cut off from the world and full of beauty, food and safety that still draws millions of tourists every year?
        GOLLY GEE WHAT A MYSTERY IF ONLY DA JOOOZ IN ACADEMIA WEREN'T HIDING DA TROOF!!

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          israelites weren't even mentioned in this thread.

          You are mentally ill.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >uh uh uh resource scarcity uhm uh jeeze well...CLIMATE CHANGE
            >frick off
            You're undoubtedly anti-intellectual. You have no reason to be skeptical of legitimate, evidence based theories unless you were some conspiracy theorist

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Huh? Not who you're replying to, but I think your point about how nice the place is is perhaps a reason, but not a sufficient reason to explain *why then* as opposed to some earlier time.
            I don't think the OP, or the other posters, were implying some sort of conspiracy.
            It's possible that you got trigged by the mention of climate change into thinking OP was making a sort of anti-intellectual point, when combined with his (somewhat playful, I think) castigation of everyone for not having an answer.
            I think the spirit of his question (asking why a momentous series of events occurred) was a deeply intellectual question. Or a good question. It evinces curiosity and a concern with fundamentals.
            If we only talk about things we already think we know, we won't get anywhere. OP's spirit may be the same as the men and women who ventured out across that ocean.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I'm not OP you moronic schizoisraelite.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >You have no reason to be skeptical of legitimate, evidence based theories unless
            Said no academic ever. Where did you go to school?

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    My unfounded proposal: humans are will travel across the world for wealth/resources or to escape danger. So if it's not the former, they were probably some kind of refugee

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you live on tiny islands it makes zero sense to stay on them since overpopulation is inevitable so they were bound to keep exploring for new lands
    that aside the very early part of Polynesian prehistory is pretty weird, they appear to have migrated from the northern Philippines straight into East Melanesia

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      They started on big islands though. I don't really buy the idea they just like the vikings accidently found a few places over and over. This was intentional by the intent is a mystery.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        No they "started out" on very tiny islands around eastern Papua/Solomon Islands where they successfully evaded the Melanesians for centuries and they moved on from there to New Caledonia, Fiji and Vanuatu. I think NC and Fiji were entirely uninhabited before them but they didn't stay there that long.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Herrrrrr.... those tiny islands ARE Melanesian

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            From what I understand they played a game of hide and seek with Melanesians initially settling only smaller islands without or with negligible inhabitants and totally avoiding the large islands like Bougainville and New Britain.
            I think most people have this idea about Polynesians that they were always a warrior people like Maori were when British arrived but originally they were really just tiny, skittish Filipino midgets albeit ones with expert navigational skills.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Did they have writing or understand the concept of celestial navigation? I mean, I imagine they had to have had something like that.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            (Not them)
            From what little I've read of Pacific navigation, there were many ways to know where you were, from the currents, to weather, to birds, stars. But at least in the case of the Marshall islands (I'm badly read on all this) that knowledge was held and transferred in a way that wasn't public domain. It required specialist navigators.

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They just had to do it to em

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you've lived around filipinos you'd understand, I'm one too and I hate being around them and would rather live elsewhere

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Literally no one has a decent answer for this.
    It's simply human nature. Animal nature even. Why the frick did we go to the moon?

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