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  • ha ha sps

    so you have read charriot of the gods by daniken.

    he is the limit for levels of imagination.

    said pyramids were built by machines that used levitation.( floating)
    whereas the poor egyptians slaves did not even have wheels on
    vehicles and had to use brute force for dragging load bearing sleds
    also quotes pandavas and kunti story. that each pandava had an extra
    terrestrial as a father.
    people who are interested in historical fiction should try " river
    god " by wilbur smith.a story set in egypt 4000 years ago.

    the quantum of info egyptians left behind is incredible. we can
    recreate their entire lives using this.
    kalvettu padippathu pola hieroglyphics padippathu periya kalai

    there was a programme about the ruins of an egyptian dam( kallanaikku
    potti)in discovery channel last year.
  • I saw a program on Raja Raja Chozha on Discovery channel a few months back.
    As usual.. made by outsiders.. without any knowledge of Tamil History or
    Culture.. I wonder when our chaps will start making documentaries about our
    own people.. But then again.. I suppose.. the "secular" brigade will be up
    in arms if we glorify (god forbid..) any Hindu king...
  • Dear Arun
    saw that documentary before the onset of the set top box regime in
    some facts might have been wrong in the documentary.
    but it was a wonderful effort. and some of the visuals of the upper
    level sculptures most of us would never have a chance to see.
    a treat to watch.

    a right combination would be their effort and our script.
    but then most of us are yet to agree on what really happened.
  • Dear Sir,
    to a certain extent yes
    they do talk about defying gravity.
    and no, I am not sceptical about it.
    but a building like a pyramid.
    egyptians maintained the design for a 1000 years almost.
    hundreds of thousands worked ( as per archaeological studies on the
    worker settlements).
    I just dont beleive levitation would have been used for lifting 20
    ton blocks half way to the sky.
  • Dear Venketesh,

    I just didn't like the rather supercilious tone of the narrator especially
    when dealing with the religious aspects. I have frequently seen this; when
    christianity or Islam or Judaism is being presented there is some sort of
    "hushed reverance".. when discussing other religious beliefs both living and
    extinct (like the Egyptian) there is this strong undercurrent of
    superciliousness. And I am saying this despite not being particulary
    religious. :)
  • I too read 'chariot of gods' when I was in school and was fascinated
    by it. It talked about so many places and so many things that I was
    mesmerised. But as I grew, I started doubting everything in it.
    Finally once I was introduced to Sagan, Hawking, Penrose, Feynman et
    al, I understood what made me doubt in the first place.

    "Making an hypothesis is not science; it's what you do with an
    hypothesis that more or less is science and is to be judged by
    others. Von Däniken is entitled to his hypothesis. But what does he
    do with it? "
    Read more,

    Instead, I would recommend 'Guns, germs and steel' by Jared Diamond,
    a book worthy of read and analysis by this group.

    Of course, I am not an expert on commenting on the discussions
    here. I am more inclined towards the literary value of PS than its
    historical context.

    Based on my readings, I am actually surprised that we have the
    Romans leave so much of textual, architectural and other evidences
    while we have a king coming in 1000 years after the Romans, yet
    leave so little evidence as to his reign and the general socio-
    economic dimension of the rule. Although there are inscriptional
    evidences, it is still inadequate to reconstruct the life of an
    ordinary person during RRC/RJC times. This actually leave a lot of
    gaps and a lot of scope for assumptions and hypothesis (which has
    been used to the hilt by the Dravida parties!).

    Is it because our kings wrote in the palmyra leaves which got
    decomposed/destroyed etc?. I remember Tamil thatha's efforts in
    recovering the 'eadu's from the various villages and persons. I dont
    think this work was continued after him. Do we know of any palmyra
    leaves written during the RRC/RJC times?.

    Muthu Prakash R

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