posted on May, 15 2006 @ 09:20 PM
Originally posted by Infra_red
Actually if you read further in your source it states that the legend first came to western attention a few centauries ago in Calcutta. I think the
second or third page of the link.
Actually, that's Shambalah. Not Shangri-La (hey, I'm a scholar! We're picky!
Shambalah is a pretty cool concept, but it's strictly a myth. (Okay, so how do we know? Simple -- when a land existed, the people around it knew of
it and called it by a similar name. It has a geography and directions (even if fairly vague). An example would be "the Tin Isles" (Britain) which
were written about by a number of ancient cultures.
Lost worlds of paradise tales are actually pretty common (the ancient Greeks believed that the Ethiopians had such a paradise that was SO favored that
the gods themselves would go spend time among the Ethiopians.) Occasionaly someone (or some group) would go out to find them -- the kingdom of
Prester John (a fascinating legend) is another one of those persistant legends of "favored lands."