1,000 Year Old Stolen Buddha Statue is from Outerspace

Picture: E. Weiß: "Bilderatlas der Sternenwelt"

Via Rawstory

A thousand-year-old Buddhist statue taken from Tibet in 1938 by an SS team seeking the roots of Hitler’s Aryan doctrine was carved from a meteorite, scientists reported on Wednesday.

In a paper published in an academic journal, German and Austrian researchers recount an extraordinary tale where archaeology, the Third Reich and cosmic treasure are intertwined like an Indiana Jones movie.

Called the “Iron Man” because of the high content of iron in its rock, the 24-centimetre (10-inch) -high statue was brought to Germany by an expedition led by Ernst Schaefer, a zoologist and ethnologist.

Backed by SS chief Heinrich Himmler and heading a team whose members are all believed to have been SS, Schaefer roamed Tibet in 1938-9 to search for the origins of Aryanism, the notion of racial superiority that underpinned Nazism.

Weighing 10.6 kilos (23.3 pounds), the statue features the Buddhist god Vaisravana seated, with the palm of his right hand outstretched and pointing downwards.

Chemical analysis shows that the rock from which it was carved came from a meteorite.

The rock survived a long trip through the Solar System and the destructive friction with the atmosphere when it collided with Earth.

It is a particularly rare kind of meteorite called an ataxite, which has iron and high contents of nickel, according to the study, published in the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science.

“The statue was chiseled from an iron meteorite, from a fragment of the Chinga meteorite which crashed into the border areas between Mongolia and Siberia about 15,000 years ago,” said investigator Elmar Buchner of Stuttgart University.

“While the first debris was officially discovered in 1913 by gold prospectors, we believe that this individual meteorite fragment was collected many centuries before.”

The exact dating of the carving cannot be established accurately, but its style links it to the pre-Buddhist Bon culture of the 11th century.

Vaisravana was the Buddhist god-king of the North, also known as Jambhala in Tibet.

How Schaefer came across the statue is unclear, but the big appeal is likely to have been a large swastika, symbolising good fortune in Buddhism, carved on its chest.

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  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    The lengths to which tyrannical governments go to substantiate their bogus claims is amazing.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    The lengths to which tyrannical governments go to substantiate their bogus claims is amazing.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    The lengths to which tyrannical governments go to substantiate their bogus claims is amazing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Farley/100000457292313 Mark Farley

      you have proof the claim is bogus?  fact is we probably would never had heard of this if they hadn’t included it in their research. Great progress was made in several fields of study during this period.

      • Jin The Ninja

         if you kill, rape, and horribly disfigure people in order to produce ‘results’ for ‘research’ there is absolutely nothing of value to be learned. this statue and the culture it came from existed for thousands of years- in what way did cultural theft result in the production of new knowledge? full on ahistorical, anti intellectual mystical racialised nationalism notwithstanding,

      • Jin The Ninja

         if you kill, rape, and horribly disfigure people in order to produce ‘results’ for ‘research’ there is absolutely nothing of value to be learned. this statue and the culture it came from existed for thousands of years- in what way did cultural theft result in the production of new knowledge? full on ahistorical, anti intellectual mystical racialised nationalism notwithstanding,

  • Manhattan Project Playboy

    A misleading article headline worthy of The Huffington Post.

    The statue is not from outer space. The material it is made of is from outer space.

    • Jin The Ninja

      obviously. and anyone else who reads the article will know that as well.

      • Calypso_1

        Loved the headline.

        • Jin The Ninja

          lol thank you! i hoped someone would appreciate it;)

      • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

        One would hope… but hope often leads to disappointment.

      • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

        One would hope… but hope often leads to disappointment.

    • Calypso_1

      Please withdrawal any previously donated gametes and discontinue future contributions at this time.
       

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