On the same latitude as the Great Pyramids, the Sanxingdui civilisation and the Bermuda Triangle, there's another, lesser-known mystery that is just
Mount Mengding is the next-door neighbour of Sanxingdui, Heizhugou (the 'terrestrial Bermuda Triangle' as they call it), and Mount Emei.
Xie Qiang of the Beijing General Research Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (BGRIMM) was the first to discover it. Xie, who really loves Google Maps,
decided to look for his hometown in the software, but was in for a surprise. On Mount Mengding, he saw a picture of a Roman soldier next to a
(a one-horned Chinese mythological creature).
(Shown here is a carving of a qilin on Mengding. The body of the qilin is always wet and the head part is always dry. This remained a mystery for many
years. Modern science believes it's due to the chemical composition of the rock.)
As it turns out, the locals are big-time qilin worshippers. Qilins have been their totem for hundreds of years. On Mengding, it is impossible to walk
ten steps without bumping into a statue of a qilin. However, never have they realised that there's a giant carving of one right at their doorstep.
(An artist took the time to trace the outline of the picture, not to mention the liberty of a few extra details.)
Now, you might be thinking, one ancestor decided to carve a giant qilin into the ground, then everyone forgot about it. Makes sense, right? The only
problem: The whole picture was 10km x 4km. It was practically impossible for anyone to have done so without hi-tech helicopters and stuff. Besides,
carving this thing requires more a stick and some sand. It was formed by the relief of the area.
A TV crew decided to take on the challenge and try to explain this weird phenomenon. They managed to explain the strange carving and a
weather-controlling well using modern science.
They also explained the feathered helmet, which was not a helmet at all, but a collection of natural gullies. Mengding happens to be the place with
the highest rainfall in the world, not to mention the shortest distance between the clouds and the ground, so it makes a lot of sense. Therefore, it
is possible to conclude that the feathered crown was not part of the original artwork.
While the guy probably wasn't a Roman soldier after all, the mystery remains: who drew a qilin and a man there?
Occam's Razor may be shouting 'coincidence' by now, but a giant carving of a qilin in a qilin-worshipping area... what kind of coincidence is that?
What is your opinion? Could it be that the Sanxingdui guys - whoever they were - decided to pop over and draw some carvings? Could it be another, more
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