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Is El Dorado Real? Myth, Legend or Lost City Of Gold?

Is El Dorado Real? Myth, Legend or Lost City Of Gold? 86

The name “El Dorado” has been attributed throughout the years to a city or countries with a fabulous wealth, inaccessible to geographers, explorers, and adventurers. All those who have ventured to look for the utopian El Dorado have endured incredible sufferings and ended up either by losing their minds or by killing their comrades or by curtailing their lives by suicide.

Most people who are at least vaguely curious about the ancient history of the Americas and the Age of Exploration know of the legend of El Dorado.

It’s the tale of an ancient, advanced city built entirely of gold, and tucked away in the “New World” where it was either destroyed or simply never located by European explorers and their descendants.

It’s a wonderful idea, and the sort of thing that, like the great civilization of Atlantis or extraterrestrial influence on the construction of the pyramids, you can’t help but wantto believe.

El Dorado
This is painted old school in acrylics for DreamWorks animated feature The Road to El Dorado. (Animation art art by Nathan Fowkes)

At this point in history, however, El Dorado is usually discounted fairly easily as a myth, or at least a dramatic exaggeration.

Perhaps the most well-known version of the legend we have in modern times is an animated Dreamworks film that, curiously enough, was critically panned (with most animated films of the era traditionally doing quite well). Said one review, the less you know about history, the better your chances of enjoying The Road To El Dorado.

That’s a nicer way of stating that the film somewhat butchered the legend, as well as the whole era of exploration, conveniently avoiding the genocidal aspect of it all.

The only major version of the El Dorado tale that’s more recent than this somewhat regretful film is Gonzo’s Quest, an animated online slot machine game that has taken the digital casino world by storm.

Revolving around an explorer in Peru, it uses New World symbology and a cartoonish but engaging jungle setting to capture the notion of hunting for lost riches.

While this game too makes light of explorers who, in real human history, committed atrocities, it’s almost a better take on the legend, presenting El Dorado as a goal to be sought, rather than the cheesy setting of an insensitive film.

In both cases though, El Dorado is treated as a fiction. It is, as stated, a myth or an exaggeration in the minds of the creators and animators who have attempted to bring it to life. This is fair enough given that we have no conclusive proof of a New World city of gold, and such a thing sounds unlikely. What’s important to remember however is how little we actually know about the Americas in ancient times. And for that reason it’s fair, despite everything just mentioned, to ask the question: is El Dorado actually real?

El Dorado
The mythical lost city of gold El Dorado, also known as Manoa, was thought to be located in the jungles of Colombia, South America, and remains a legend.

It’s a question that can’t be answered with certainty, but one that’s worth more consideration than some assume.

In particular, there are two legitimate cases for something resembling a “city of gold” has existed.

The first concerns satellite evidence of an undiscovered, great civilization in the heart of the Amazon. Fairly recently, satellite imagery has detected more than 200 huge geometric earthworks near the Brazil-Bolivia border.

These earthworks, which evidently hint at much more beneath the surface, are evidence of a “sophisticated pre-Columbian monument-building society,” according to one journal.

And in a more abstract sense, they may well be evidence of a mysterious civilization that was sought by numerous explorers. Some refer to it as El Dorado, and others as the Lost City Of Z (a similar idea that has spawned its own legends, most notably in the form of a book and recent film adaptation).

Whatever the case, we know that there were, in fact, early South American explorers who either glimpsed or heard tell of a great, deep Amazonian civilization and a great, hidden city.

None ever found it to document it in what we’d call recorded history, but the modern satellite evidence suggests the civilization really did exist.

El Dorado
An artist’s rendering of Cibola – one of the Seven Cities of Gold. For more than 500 years, explorers, scientists and researchers have been hunting for the legendary City of Gold, which according to ancient myth, is a buried metropolis full of gold and relics

The second case is actually, if anything, a little bit more concrete. It is essentially the existence of the Colombian Muisca tribe, which has been said to be responsible for the origins of the El Dorado legend.

There are different accounts, but the basic idea is that a people called the Muisca (whose descendants still live today) occupied Columbia thousands of years ago, and established a tradition of burying old kings and crowning new ones via a great deal of ritual.

That ritual included coating people in gold dust and stacking rafts with rich golden artifacts to be sent into a special lake.

It is largely accepted these days that Muisca traditions were distorted in tales, ultimately leading to tales of an entire city of gold.

This seems a satisfying explanation for the hyper-rational, but at the same time, it seems almost difficult to believe such a straightforward set of rituals being so dramatically misinterpreted.

This begs the question: might the ancient Muisca people have established something more closely resembling a small city of gold? Might it in fact now be at the bottom of the aforementioned lake?

El Dorado
Muisca people. Votive figure Tumbaga 600 A.D. – 1600 A.D. Guatavita – Colombia.Colección

The truth of it all is that we just don’t know what, if anything El Dorado ever was, and where its remains might be today.

However, while modern versions of the legend are quick to dismiss it as something playful or imagined, there is still compelling evidence out there for a version of the story (and city) that may have been very real.
References:
  1. https://www.theguardian.com
  2. https://www.ancient-origins.net
  3. http://www.movie-gurus.com

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Was an Angel filmed over a house extinguished by firefighters?

Was an Angel filmed over a house extinguished by firefighters? 97

Having appeared on the network, this photo caused a lot of comments – from the fact that it really was a Guardian Angel who guarded the firefighters during work, to those who assured that all this was just an illusion, no more complicated than a cloud in the shape of a lamb.

At the end of December 2020, while extinguishing a fire in the Polish village of Maldyty, an Angel hovered over the firemen, or at least something like an Angel. This photo appeared on the Facebook page of the Maldyta fire station and generated many comments.

“This is something that was formed during the last extinguishing of the fire from the ignition of soot in the chimney in Maldyty. Write in the comments your thoughts about it,” was written under the picture on their FB page.

Poles are known to be very religious and there are plenty of people willing to comment on the picture.

Many indeed believed that the Angel oversaw the work of the firemen and, perhaps, even helped them to extinguish the fire. But there were also enough of those who believed that it was all just a random silhouette between clouds in the sky and pareidolia (illusion). The photo was taken by an unspecified person sitting in the cab of a car parked next to the burning house.

“Christians have always believed in the existence of guardian spirits. Some call them Guardian Angels. The Bible confirms their existence,” Pastor Leszek Kozheniecki told reporters, commenting on this photo.

By the way, Kozhenetskiy is a well-known Polish pastor who believes in the existence of supernatural beings.

Three years ago, he told the press that he had driven out the evil spirit that settled in his house in Turza Wielka. One of the firefighters who worked on the extinguishing of the house that night said:

“If we have this kind of protection watching over us, I am pretty calm about safety during work.”

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The skeleton of a mysterious “prehistoric beast” found in Antarctica?

The skeleton of a mysterious "prehistoric beast" found in Antarctica? 98
Photo: © thesun.co.uk/Google Earth

Blogger MrMBB333 shared an image of a “mysterious creature.” It was discovered 80 kilometers off the coast of Antarctica in a remote region of Antarctica, according to the Sun.

According to the blogger, the pictures are screenshots from the Google Earth service, which were sent to him by his subscriber and conspiracy theorist under the nickname BONKERS.

They estimate the length of the remains at 3.6-6 meters.I don’t know if it was frozen for thousands of years or appeared recently,- the blogger said.

MrMBB333 believes the skeleton belonged to a dinosaur. He came to this conclusion by examining the front and hind limbs of the creature. His subscribers are sure that these are the remains of a seal.

The skeleton of a mysterious "prehistoric beast" found in Antarctica? 99
© thesun.co.uk/Google Earth

A google search for seal skeleton images shows a pretty good match,- one of them wrote.

Other subscribers call the skeleton “suspicious”. They explain that “seals have no hind legs.” Another wrote that the remains belonged to an alligator or some other reptile.

In the comments, conspiracy theorists also expressed their opinion that “Antarctica is full of unexplained phenomena that may be related to ancient aliens.”

It is also believed that most of the “discoveries” made by users of Google Earth can be explained by the unusual shape of ice or other natural phenomena.

MrMBB333 uploaded his investigation video to YouTube on January 5. Since then, the video has been watched more than 200,000 times.

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150 thousand years old Metal pipes in Tibet, contradict the official history

150 thousand years old Metal pipes in Tibet, contradict the official history 100

It is said that there is a mountain in Tibet that contains a network of special formations that extend to the nearest lake. Many researchers believe that this is an artificial pipeline system. But, strangely enough, its origin dates back to the era of the Neanderthals.

Photo from open source
Photo: open sources

This mountain rises about 40 km from the city of Dalingha in the Tibetan Autonomous Region. It is called Baigongshan (White Mountain). In the world, it is better known for the wonderful formations that are in its heart and wide surroundings – they are called the Baigong pipes.

Photo from open source
Photo: open sources

This miracle has been the subject of controversial discussions for many years. Some believe they are a natural formation, but there are many who are sure that someone built them in the distant past to drain the lake. They base their arguments on research results, but there is a catch; the mysterious aqueduct should have appeared 150 thousand years ago. Traces of settlements around the mountain are not even older than 30 thousand years. So who could build metal pipes inside an uninhabited mountain?

There are three caves at the foot of Mount Baigongshan, two of them have already collapsed and are inaccessible, but the largest of them has since been the target of many tourists who come to the area.

Photo from open source
Photo: open sources

The cave looks like it was artificially created by someone. Visibility is enhanced by a massive pipe about forty centimeters in diameter that sticks out of the stone.

Photo from open source
Photo: open sources

Another apparently hollow pipe of the same diameter ran into the cave from the top of the mountain. Another one came from the bottom of the cave somewhere below.

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Photo: open sources

At the entrance to the cave, you can see several other pipes with a diameter of 10 to 40 cm. All this gives the impression of the remains of some ancient system or mechanism. About 80 meters from the cave, Lake Toson sparkles with a large number of scattered pipes on the beach.

Photo from open source
Photo: open sources

They stretch from east to west and have a diameter of 2 to 4.5 cm, these archaeological finds are described by the Chinese scientist Liu-Shaolin:

The unmistakable rust color indicates that they are made of metal. And their craftsmanship showcases advanced attachment techniques. Who could have built such a complex pipe system? Only one who knew well what he was doing and why.

The version that such an engineering miracle was created by the Chinese disappears immediately. The inhabitants of the Middle Kingdom could not build something like that 150 thousand years ago. As the authors of many amazing inventions, bureaucracy became one of them. Therefore, it is simply impossible to imagine that such a large-scale and, without exaggeration, a great construction project was reflected in any ancient Chinese source. Any emperor, during whose reign this happened, would make sure that his great deed was not forgotten by descendants.

Baigong tubes are another unsolved mystery in human history. This find once again refutes the facts of the official history. Where is the true and where is the misconception? Maybe there will be people among the readers who will logically explain the origin of the ancient aqueduct.

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