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A mysterious Buddhist statue with a history that sounds like an Indiana Jones movie plot has extraterrestrial origins, researchers have discovered. The 1,000-year-old artefact, stolen from Tibet by Nazi scientists in 1938, is carved from a meteorite.

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Lynn Squance (235)
Saturday September 29, 2012, 10:53 pm
When I saw this story, I was wisked back to a book I read a while back that happened in Roman Britain. Meteorites were gathered up and used for the production of swords of incredible strength. Although I believe this to be true, I have no proof, however I do know that the author did a lot of research.

So here is a very rare meteorite that has been carved into the likeness of a Tibetan god about a thousand years ago, and ferreted out of Tibet by the Nazis. I hope it is returned to the Tibetan people.

Many Feathers (139)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 5:48 am
Free Tibet !!

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 6:48 am
What an impressive tale of historical importance. Thanks for sharing.

g d c (0)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 11:53 am

Sheila D (28)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 1:19 pm
Thanks for the article.

Suzanne L (98)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 2:20 pm
Stranger than fiction. Thanks Lynn.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 4:20 pm
Noted & thanks for posting, Lynn. Yes, it should be returned to Tibet for proper caretaking.

reft h (66)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 10:47 pm
very interesting

Anthony Hilbert (6)
Monday October 1, 2012, 3:10 am
It is a fact that meteoric iron was highly valued in the ancient world, and not just for its magical-seeming origins. Not only does it often have a high nickel content like our best tool steel, but it is free from the masses of slag that spoilt early man-made iron. It's entirely possible that there would never have been an Iron Age if the example of meteoric iron hadn't encouraged people to keep trying to make something of the spongey slag-filled "bloom" iron from early smelters.

I have a pet theory, impossible to prove, that the story of King Arthur's "sword in the stone" was originally a corruption of an older story of a hero with a sword made *from* a stone, a stone from Heaven. Even well into the Iron Age, a sword of meteoric iron would still have been far better than anything smelted on Earth: added to its magical aura, it would have been a treasure worthy of a king.

Roger G (154)
Monday October 1, 2012, 1:54 pm
noted, thanks !

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday October 1, 2012, 4:04 pm
Actually Anthony, the book I referred to in my first comment is "Skystone" by Jack Whyte. If you enjoy reading, try Jack Whyte's books. Here is what Wikipedia has to say:
"Whyte's major work to date is the A Dream of Eagles series (as it is titled in Canada, but known as The Camulod Chronicles in the United States and elsewhere)[The Skystone;The Singing Sword;The Eagles' Brood;The Saxon Shore;The Sorcerer Part 1: The Fort at River's Bend;The Sorcerer Part 2: Metamorphosis]. This series of historical novels presents the tale of King Arthur set against the backdrop of Roman Britain. This retelling of the popular legend eschews the use of magic (as in T. H. White’s The Sword in the Stone) to explain Arthur’s ascent to power and instead relies on the historical condition (with some artistic licence) of post-Roman Britain to support the theory that Arthur was meant to counter the anarchy left by the Roman departure from Britain in 410 AD and the subsequent colonization and invasion of Britain by various peoples from Northwestern Europe, including the Saxons, Jutes, Franks, and Angles. Whyte incorporates both traditional Arthurian names, places and events (albeit in Gaelic or Latin form) as well as the names of various historical figures that have been suggested as being the possible basis for the original King Arthur legend. The tacit implication is that Whyte's version of history is the true story that has become distorted over time to become the legend and stories of magic that we know today.

My Personal Messages isn't working properly so I can't send a direct response to you. I can see most incoming but can't send anything out. I hope you see this.

Thanks everybody. This find is so important and I hope that it is returned to the people of Tibet and not the Chinese who I am afraid might destroy it or bury it in some unknown location, never to see the light of day.

Sam E M (0)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 4:19 am
I love it. :)
The article clearly states that it was stolen from Tibet by the Germans in 1938, so how come it hasn't been given back? Just because it's been in Germany for 74 years doesn't make it their property.
Amazing to think it was carved from a meteorite so long ago.

Terry V (30)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 5:31 pm
FASINATING, thank you

Jenny Dooley (830)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 6:02 pm
How amazing! I hope it can be returned to Tibet.
Free Tibet!

Nancy C (806)
Thursday October 18, 2012, 9:22 am
Please get this 15000 year old artifact to Tibet where it will be protected.

Chris W (79)
Friday February 15, 2013, 8:01 am
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