Yonaguni – the shard of Lemuria?
Many people think that all the most important archaeological finds in our world was done long ago. However, sensation in the field of archaeology still happen. One such sensation was the discovery of ancient cyclopean structures on the seabed near the tiny island of Yonaguni, located near the Japanese island of Okinawa. Talk about these buildings in which the researchers sometimes see fragments of legendary Lemuria, have been raging for at least a decade and a half.
An unexpected discovery
A pioneer of underwater megaliths in 1985 became a Japanese diver, Kihachiro Aratake strayed beyond the standard safety perimeter near the southern coast of Okinawa. The diver slipped on the unknown clear blue waters of the ocean at a depth of 10-15 meters and suddenly came upon a huge stone structure of monolithic blocks. It was black and gloomy, and its design looked rather strange, maybe it was because of the fact that over many years spent underwater, the building was overgrown with corals, algae and shells. Circled around the strange buildings, the diver rose to the surface and finally being able to determine the right direction, swam to the shore.
Somewhere in the depths of the ocean lurks a ghostly stranglemania
The very next day pictures of his finds have appeared in all major Newspapers of Japan. Megalith immediately provoked controversy and attracted crowds of underwater archaeologists and researchers, journalists and simply curious people. However, nobody could give a clear explanation as to where on the ocean floor appeared such an unusual design.
Arguing is not even able to decide whether this is the case of human hands or natural anomaly, not to mention the age of the finds. Someone spoke in the sense that it was the remains of some coastal fortification during the Second world war. Someone suggested that a structure erected in ancient times. Talked about the sunken continent of Lemuria (Mu), who died under water long before the “beginning of time”. But there were supporters of the hypothesis of natural origin of the megalith.
Findings become more
In the summer of next year with the coast of Okinawa came the next news. Another diver saw water under the massive arch of huge stone blocks, with delicate precision fitted tightly to each other. This is true for prehistoric megalithic masonry is found on the other side of the Pacific ocean in Peru and Bolivia, where once existed the Incan Empire. Fortunately, the arch is not overgrown by corals – in the place held the strong undercurrents. In clear water it can be seen from a distance of over 30 meters. The archway clearly was built by the people, and for a very long time.
The sensation this was not the only one. Inspired by the opportunity to find new submerged structures, teams of divers went under water on the South shore of Okinawa, going on pre-planned routes. Soon the efforts of enthusiasts were rewarded with the following discoveries: before the onset of autumn at different depths revealed five archaeological sites in the vicinity of the three Islands, Yonaguni, Kerama and Kaguya, and buildings with all the variety of architectural details can be traced stylistic unity. Underwater, at a distance of 560 kilometers, were found to be paved streets and crossroads, huge altar, a magnificent staircase leading to a wide square, but also religious processions, decorated with high pillars.
The largest building stood at the bottom near the Eastern shore of Yonaguni at a depth of 30 meters. The length of the bridge was more than 80 meters, width – 30, height – 15 meters. Scientists believe it looks like a castle Nakagusuku in Okinawa, which for ceremonial purposes was built in the early first Millennium BC by representatives of an unknown culture. Fenced area around Nakagusuku still causes the population of Okinawa awe.
Megalithic structures on the bottom near the island of Yonaguni
In addition, in the waters of the ocean were open buildings similar to rectangular tombs near the village of Noro in the same Okinawa. American researcher Frank Joseph draws attention to the fact that the inhabitants of this, the southernmost of Japan owned the Islands, called crypts “moai”, just as the inhabitants of Easter island called their famous statues.
Frank Joseph sees the similarities of some of the flooded objects and to Hawaiian heiau – long temples-shafts, which lead to huge stairs with wide platforms at the top. There’s a Hawaiian place wooden tombs and carved idols. Many heiau still exist and continue to be sacred for the Hawaiians. However, Okinawa underwater structures consist of huge monolithic blocks, and heiau – from a significantly larger number of stones are significantly lower. According to local legend, were built by Hayao menehune – race red-headed masons and witches that have appeared in Hawaii the Polynesians much earlier and died in the terrible flood.
Megalithic structures on the bottom near the island of Yonaguni
The old song “Kumulipo”, known to the Hawaiians for centuries, tells about a terrible flood, in ancient times destroyed the whole world, “Along with the roaring, looming and retreating waves came rumbling sound. The earthquake started. The sea came into a rage, broke its banks, rose to populated areas, gradually filling the whole earth. Over the first sort leader from the misty past, live in cold mountainous countries. Deadly was the flow, erupting from the navel of the Earth. It was a wave of waves. Many of those who disappeared, died of then night.”
Structure similar to Okinawa, you can find in Peru, for example in ancient Pachacamac, a town and religious center South of modern Lima. He flourished in the times of the Incas, until the arrival of Spanish conquistadors, however based once was in ancient times, in the foggy depths of millennia. When inkah Pachacamac served as the residence of the chief of the Oracle, and from all corners of the vast Empire there flocked the pilgrims. City ruins of mud brick, sun-dried, preserved with wide staircases and spacious squares, have much in common with flooded buildings around Okinawa.
Nature of the game?
Strangely enough, but during the first 10 years after the discovery of underwater megaliths scientific community ignored their existence. Once again to rewrite history no one wanted because Okinawan buildings are older than 10 thousand years – that’s when they could have risen to flood due to the melting glaciers of the ocean. So, apparently, the historians preferred to consider finding a bizarre game of nature. To kick-start this who was Professor at Ryukyu University, specialist in marine Geology and seismology Masaaki Kimura the. He studied the complex of Yonaguni over 10 years, having made over a hundred dives. The Professor decided to go against the views of the overwhelming majority of historians and to risk the reputation, defending an artificial origin of the structures of Yonaguni.
Pachacamac. Its ruins resemble the remains of underwater structures off the coast of Japan
The scientific compromise
In 1997, the Kimura has managed to win over the Professor, Boston University Robert M. Shochu, have a degree in Geology and Geophysics and is deeply interested in the problems of atlantology. SOC argued that nature often creates terraces and step formation. But Kimura showed his own photographs, which show the neighboring architectural elements of very different types. For example, sharp edges next to round holes, stepped descent, perfectly straight narrow trench. Blocks, separated from the “cliff” displaced from it on decent distance, or collected in one place. Besides above symmetrical formations work is clearly not nature. All these are solid arguments in favor of what the megaliths were erected. Arguing for some time, scientists came to a compromise: they decided that people changed and modified the original natural “blank”. These so-called Terra-forming rare in the ancient world were not.
Now in Japan, even academic science adheres to such a compromise or point of view, or even considers underwater structures of Yonaguni definitely man-made.