In the borderland between Tibet and China there is the cave region
of the Baian-Kara-Ula Mountains. 25 years ago, remarkable finds of
tablets with writing and hieroglyphics were made there. Several
thousand years ago a people whose looks Chinese archaeologists are
only vaguely familiar with, had been cutting phonograph record like
stone disks out of the hardest granite with a set of completely
unknown tools. The 716 stone disks found so far also have a hole in
their center just as phonograph records do. From there, spiraling
out towards the rim, are double-grooves.
These grooves of course are
not like sound tracks but rather the most peculiar writing-system
that has ever been found in China and possibly even the world. It
took archaeologists and scientists over two decades to decipher it.
The contents are so fantastic that the academy of pre-history in
Beijing didnít want to publish the report of the scientist Prof. Tsum Um Nui at first. Backed by four colleagues, archaeologists Tsum
Um Nui stated,
"the groove-writing tells of aerial vehicles, which,
according to the stone disks, existed 12.000 years ago".
place it says literally:
"The Dropa came down from the clouds with
their air gliders. Ten times the men, women and children of the Kham
hid in the caves until sunrise. Then they understood the signs and
saw that the Dropa came in peace this time."
Finds of the Dropa and Kham races have been made earlier already in
these mountain caves. Archaeologists were and still are unable to
ethnologically assign these only up to 4 ft. 4 in. tall humans.
There are no similarities with the Chinese, Mongols or
could of course suggest that a few thousand years ago a Kham
literate was playing a joke, or that it was mere superstition when
he was talking about aircrafts. But then, what does one do about the
statement, all sensations excluded, reported in other groove
hieroglyphics of a great mourning about the own airfleetís
destruction during landing in the very inaccessible mountains and
the lack of means to rebuild it.
The hieroglyphics of Baian-Kara-Ula appear to be so mysterious to
the Chinese archaeology that only very careful scientific use has
been made of them. On one occasion a sensational discovery had been
made. The disks contain a lot of cobalt and other metals. When
testing a disk with an oscillograph a surprising oscillation rhythm
was discovered, just as if the disks with their groove writing had
once been charged or had functioned as electrical conductors. Nobody
can tell whatís behind these 12.000-year-old stone disks.
Assumptions would be too risky and not objective enough. But one is
reminded of the ancient Chinese tale of the small and slender yellow
people who came from the clouds and were shunned by everyone due to
their ugliness - large, wide heads and very slender bodies - and
hunted by the "men with the quick horses" (Mongols?). In fact there
had been finds of grave and skeleton remains in the caves from
12.000 years ago and itís also a fact that these finds, classified
as remains of the Dropa and Kham race, carried the signs of a small
body frame and very large heads. The very first archaeological
reports tell of an extinct mountain gorilla species. But has anyone
heard of ordered monkey-graves and writing-tablets? In 1940 the
archaeologist Chi Pu Tei was widely mocked at for making such a
claim. But Chi Pu Tei defended himself by declaring that the stone
disks had been added to the caves by later cultures.
This is all rather confusing, but it does not change anything about
the hieroglyph-mystery of Baian-Kara-Ula, which gets even more
complicated by the fact that the cave walls show carved pictures of
the writing tablets, in several places the rising sun, the moon and
stars in between whole swarms of pea-sized dots that are descending
towards the mountains and the earth in graceful curves.