For some time now, I’ve always considered nuclear war to be a mode of war discovered in the modern times. Sure, our ancestors did know many things in science and technology and the proof stands tall in Delhi in the form of an Iron pillar that hasn’t rusted for thousands of years (the kind of technology which even we haven’t been able to come up with). But then, ask yourself: if our ancestors knew about something that we don’t yet, is it possible they knew everything that we currently know?
Well, it’s a speculative question and one that could have more complex answer than the question itself. But get this: they did know about atoms so they should have known about nucleus of an atom (well, not necessarily but when you come up with the fact that they used units of lengths such as nanometer and picometer, which could only be needed in nuclear sciences does strongly suggest that they knew about the nucleus of an atom). Moreover, the unit similar to light year is also found! However, it would be too far to suggest that this would mean space travel was possible.
And it’s a small leap from the knowledge of nucleus to the knowledge of nuclear weapons and if ancient texts and modern findings are to be believed then nuclear war did happen in ancient world and that was about 2000 to 3000 year old event. Even the founder of Atom bomb (or at least, we thought him to be until yet) has admitted it! When Oppenheimer was asked if this bomb was the first of its kind, he replied “in modern times, yes!”
Also, he quoted the line from the Mahabharata “Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds”.
Not just in one ancient text but in many do we find the description of an event that’s eerily similar to the aftermath of a nuclear explosion and what is surprising is that archaeology does support this fact!
For example, in the ancient Hindu text Mahabharata, we find the following lines:
“a single projectile charged with all the power of the Universe. An incandescent column of smoke and flame As bright as the thousand suns rose in all its splendour…
“a perpendicular explosion with its billowing smoke clouds… the cloud of smoke rising after its first explosion formed into expanding round circles like the opening of giant parasols…
“it was an unknown weapon, an iron thunderbolt, a gigantic messenger of death, which reduced to ashes The entire race of the Vrishnis and the Andhakas. …The corpses were so burned as to be unrecognizable. The hair and nails fell out; Pottery broke without apparent cause, And the birds turned white. After a few hours All foodstuffs were infected… to escape from this fire, the soldiers threw themselves in streams to wash themselves and their equipment.”
“Dense arrows of flame, like a great shower, issued forth, encompassing the enemy… A thick gloom swiftly settled upon the hosts. All points of the compass were lost in darkness. Fierce wind began to blow upward, showering dust and gravel. Birds croaked madly… the very elements seemed disturbed. The earth shook, scorched by the terrible violent heat of this weapon. Elephants burst into flame and ran to and fro in a frenzy… over a vast area, other animals crumpled to the ground and died. From all points of the compass the arrows of flame rained
continuously and fiercely.”
Now read how it is written about how Zeus won the battle against the titans:
“The hot vapor lapped around the Titans, of Gaea born, flame unspeakable rose bright to the upper air. The Flashing glare of the Thunder-Stone, its lightning, blinded their eyes-so strong it was. Astounding heat seized Chaos…It seemed as if Earth and wide Heaven above had come together, a mighty crash, as though Earth was hurled to ruin. Also were the winds brought rumbling, earthquake and dust storm, thunder and lightning.” (Sitchin, 1985).
Now read about Zeus conquering the typhoon.
“A flame shot forth from the stricken lord in the dim, rugged, secluded valley of the Mount, when he was smitten. A great part of huge earth was scorched by the terrible vapor, melting as tin melts when heated by man’s art…in the glow of a blazing fire did the earth melt down.”
Moreover, if these were too compelling to believe in the first time, get this, a place in Rajasthan, India has been found with quite high radioactivity.
When excavations of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro reached the street level, they discovered skeletons scattered about the cities, many holding hands and sprawling in the streets as if some instant, horrible doom had taken place. People were just lying, unburied, in the streets of the city. And these skeletons are thousands of years old, even by traditional archaeological standards. What could cause such a thing? Why did the bodies not decay or get eaten by wild animals? Furthermore, there is no apparent cause of a physically violent death.
These skeletons are among the most radioactive ever found, on par with those at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. At one site, Soviet scholars found a skeleton which had a radioactive level 50 times greater than normal. Other cities have been found in northern India that show indications of explosions of great magnitude. One such city, found between the Ganges and the mountains of Rajmahal, seems to have been subjected to intense heat. Huge masses of walls and foundations of the ancient city are fused together, literally vitrified! And since there is no indication of a volcanic eruption at Mohenjo-Daro or at the other cities, the intense heat to melt clay vessels can only be explained by an atomic blast or some other unknown weapon. The cities were wiped out entirely.
While the skeletons have been carbon-dated to 2500 BC, we must keep in mind that carbon-dating involves measuring the amount of radiation left. When atomic explosions are involved, that makes then seem much younger
Another curious sign of an ancient nuclear war in India is a giant crater near Bombay. The nearly circular 2,154-metre-diameter Lonar crater, located 400 kilometres northeast of Bombay and aged at less than 50,000 years old, could be related to nuclear warfare of antiquity.
No trace of any meteoric material, etc., has been found at the site or in the vicinity, and this is the world’s only known “impact” crater in basalt. Indications of great shock (from a pressure exceeding 600,000 atmospheres) and intense, abrupt heat (indicated by basalt glass spherules) can be ascertained from the site.
So the question remains: is this really true? Is it possible that about 3000 years ago there was a nuclear war? We could have easily dismissed it had there been no proof but now we have archaeological, scientific and textual proofs of these events. It’s a bit too hard to dismiss it completely and still, it’s a bit too compelling to believe. But one thing’s certain: we don’t really know anything. You might read this article thousands of miles away because of internet but perhaps the ancient civilization outsmarts us in every way.
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