If you ask any of the enthusiasts of the so-called ancient astronauts which was the first city that was destroyed by an atomic explosion, they will tell you without trembling their lips that it was not Hiroshima but Mohenjo Daro, one of the capitals of the mysterious civilization. of the Indus Valley . Surely they will be shocked, and even more so when they point out, all proud, that this happened more than 5,000 years ago. To convince him of this, they will put several tests before his eyes. The first, some phrases taken from the Hindu sacred text Mahabharata : “ A column of incandescent smoke and flame as bright as thousands of suns in all their splendor, a perpendicular explosion generating a huge column of smoke that generated concentric circles of waves that spread like giant parasols . The second, that remains of vitrified sand similar to those found in the New Mexico desert , where an atomic bomb was first exploded, were found. Third, that bodies were discovered scattered throughout the city with a high level of radiation , as if they had been killed by a nuclear attack. Quod erat demonstrandum .
Where are the tests?
The problem, as always with these things, is the sources. First, no one has been able to locate in the Mahabharata that text repeated over and over again by fans of alternative history. It has volatilized like any rest of the alleged nuclear explosion. Second, where are the original articles by scientists claiming such things as vitrified sand or radioactive skeletons? In nowhere. We have exactly the opposite. The real archaeological investigations show that the human remains correspond to the different eras through which the city passed, that they were buried: there is no trace of radiation.
But the most striking thing about all this historical mess is that, if it were true, we should build our houses with the same mortar and brick as Mohenjo Daro . Because to be a city devastated by a bomb that -they say- was 50 times more powerful than the one in Hiroshima, the truth is that it is perfectly preserved….
But all this does not make Mohenjo Daro not a real mystery, just like everything related to the Indus Valley Culture.
The Real Mystery: The Indus Valley Culture
It flourished between 3300 and 1300 BC. We can place it along the river that bears his name and the disappeared Sarasvati River, between India and Pakistan. So that we can see how things are: we would not know anything about Sarasvati if it were not for the fact that it is mentioned on numerous occasions in the Rig Veda , the oldest known Hindu text, made up of 1028 hymns dedicated to the gods of the Veda religion -let’s add more mystery to the stake: from this religion we have been left with its sacred texts but we do not know where it came from. As some of the hymns that appear in the Rig Veda are still recited today in the samskaras of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism – rites of passage that celebrate certain significant moments in the lives of their faithful -, they make it the most old still in use.
The Indus Valley culture forms, together with Egypt, Mesopotamia and the Peruvian Caral (the oldest culture in America), the quadriumvirate of the first great civilizations of the ancient world. It was the largest – it occupied an area two and a half times the surface of Spain – and at the time of its maximum splendor it was made up of 5 million beings.
We learned of its existence in the mid-19th century, while a railway line between Karachi and Lahore was being built, but it did not come to the attention of archaeologists until well into the 20th century . It was then that a series of excavations discovered this lost civilization in the mists of history. Since then, more than a thousand of its cities have been known, among which Harappa and Mohenjo Daro (which means mountain of death) shine with their own light.
With the excavations that have been carried out so far, we have learned part of the life of its inhabitants, but we still do not know many things, and very important ones. We do not know what language they spoke, nor of course what it sounded like, and we have not been able to decipher their writing either . Most of the inscriptions are so short (the longest has 17 characters) that experts do not even agree on whether it is a true written language.
But nothing is forever and the Indus civilization disappeared: it began its decline in 1800 BC and by 1700 the settlers abandoned the cities. Why did this flourishing culture disappear so abruptly? Why did it last so little? And most interestingly, what do his writings say?
Colavito, J. (2005) The cult of alien Gods, Prometheus Books