From the web: One group of scientists look at vimana

Vimana, or flying craft, mentioned in the ancient Hindu texts were considered, by many modern scientists, as creations of myth. There is no proof that they existed, other than the documents that mention them. But wouldn’t it be interesting if something was found?

What if these myths were real, long ago. There would probably be those that had no idea what the technology was. Like today, many of the users of the Internet don’t know how it works, just that it works. If the world went into a global disaster, then years later when the old ones were reminiscing about how wonder life was, they might talk about the Internet to those around the camp fire.

How they were able to order things and have them delivered to their home. How they could see movies and pictures of places they have never been to. Listen to people speak from the other side of the world.

How would those young people that never experienced anything like that react? They might be awed. Then tell others that they know, maybe those of the village that were not present at the fire. Or were out fishing or hunting. We know through the classroom experiment, grapevine, that the story told through many people changes.

Being that these people probably struggled to survive daily, then a tale of something so wondrous and magical would probably remain in the minds. When the old ones died, no one would be there to correct the story. It would be a story about the time before the great <put favorite disaster here>.

Men were gods, they called up magic and moved faster than a horse could carry them. They could travel to the stars and go from one part of the world to another in one day! They cured most diseases and lived more than 80 winters. They run for enjoyment not to survive.

Eventually, the people would try to codify the stories of the First Time, the Golden Age of Man. When gods walked amongst the people. They had vast power at their disposal but also great and savage weapons of power. The gods waged war on each other with flying craft that shot arrows of massive power. They sailed the oceans and could sail under the oceans.

Why did beings of such power die? It had to be the great <put favorite disaster here> was the punishment by the Father of the gods. Still the name of the tools of the gods might not be remembered but some of the things they could do, explained as the people could explain.

Is this the future of mankind if we get one of the <put favorite disaster here>? Is this the past of mankind?  We do know that we get certain disasters over and over and of course man just loves killing his fellow man.

Is this true? Who knows, until we search more underwater, I will hold out hope. Is this a possible future of ours? Possible, we don’t really know what the peasants of the Dark Ages used to say about the times of Rome. It would be interesting to know though.




Why is Wall of Destruction my first book?

DSC02606A few years ago I picked up a book by Graham Hancock called “Fingerprints of the Gods” that changed the way I thought of history. I have been a history nut since my school days but in this book Mr. Hancock challenged the orthodox views of how civilization progressed. I was hooked.

Many of the arguments made sense to me and I started reading more from Mr. Hancock and others that wrote of similar views. One of the biggest challenges to these views was, “where is the evidence?” Many things mentioned by these writers had little corroborating information or not enough to stir the archaeological community to further investigate.

Where is the evidence? Maybe in the ocean. Since the last ice age, sea levels have risen over 150 feet globally. Large swaths of land that used to be shore side are now under tens or hundreds of feet of water. The Persian Gulf used to be a river valley, Florida used to be about twice its size, Sundaland was a landmass that included large swaths of Southeast Asia and the Gulf of Mexico was half its size and more a bay with small waterways connecting it to the Atlantic Ocean.

Then you look at human nature and you notice that we really love to build cities near the coast or along rivers. We always have. Almost all ancient cities were near bodies of water because we need water to survive. Especially nice places were river deltas, building a city as close as you can to a delta really gave you an advantage. The land is more fertile, you have access to the seas and trade. Just a sweet place to put down some roots.

Until the sea levels rise that is. Once the seas start flooding your crops or even your house, it tends to make the place uninhabitable and less desirous. Storms cause more damage and water gets caught in tidal pools that, due to stagnation, might cause disease and all that other fun stuff.

If you do have cities, you have specialization of skills. I myself am an IT engineer, not a farmer or hunter. I might have some of those skills or learn quickly but what if I am dropped into an area without more than I can carry? If I left in a hurry, did I bring an axe? food? water? clothes? If I did, did every one else? Will I have to fend off other starving people for the food and tools I did bring? If I am fending them off, can I continue to feed myself?

Leaving the environs of a city quickly might also cause the loss of industry and the devaluing of specialization. Can you make the tools you need or did the tooling systems you require sink with the city? Could you even stay in large, organized groups? Might you have to break up into smaller and smaller groups to have a chance to feed your group? Non-survival skills then become unused and eventually forgotten.

How could a civilization die? I think these could be causes of an advanced society reverting to hunter gatherers. Just need to find some evidence of city remains. The cool thing is they are starting to look in the oceans and are finding things that are questioning the current story of man.

This is one of the premises in Wall of Destruction, a “When Atlantis Fell” saga. Something happens to cause the cities to be abandoned and the survivors need to learn to “go native” to survive. As this is a book of fiction, I also took the liberty of using stories of Atlantis and other ancient¬† tales to build my civilizations.

I will add more about it in the coming posts.