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The Hopi tribe consists of twelve villages built on top of three rocky mesas in northeastern Arizona. The mesas are flat-topped ridges that rise abruptly out of the desert plains. Even though the Hopi have been subjected to waves of external influences, and an overtly technological civilization swirls all around them, their traditional way of life has not been greatly affected. They have maintained their sacred covenant with Maasaw – the Lord of the Dead & the Caretaker of the earth – and live as peaceful, humble farmers, respecting the land and its resources, always remembering the Creator Taiowa and the spirit beings called Kachina, through their ceremonies, songs, dances and rituals. This helps, as they claim, to maintain the harmony and balance of the world.


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There was a widespread, and deeply ingrained, belief in the ancient world that a race of giants once walked the Earth and interacted with our human ancestors. These demigods – born of the union of gods and mortals - were endowed with exceptional physical size and strength. They were the heroic warriors and rulers of old, who would embark on exciting adventures, make new discoveries and slay powerful, bizarre monsters. Our ancestors adored and deified them, their heroic deeds being woven into songs and etched in stone.

Vimanas or flying crafts as well as aerial cities have been mentioned in many places in the ancient Indian texts. There is a colourful description of the Pushpaka vimana in the Ramayana, in which Rama returns to Ayodhya from Lanka. The Srimad Bhagavatam describes the Saubha vimana in which King Salva had attacked Dvaraka, the city of Krishna. The Mahabharata tells us of the celestial chariot of Indra, on which Arjuna traveled to Amaravati - the heavenly city of Indra. 

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Perhaps, one of the most sensational sightings of Yeti footprints in recent times – which created quite a stir on social media – was the tweet released by the Indian army to its nearly 6 million followers on April 19, 2019, in which they claimed that a mountaineering expedition of the Indian army had seen and photographed Yeti footprints measuring a gigantic 32x15 inches. The tweet read:

“For the first time, an #IndianArmy Moutaineering Expedition Team has sited Mysterious Footprints of mythical beast 'Yeti' measuring 32x15 inches close to Makalu Base Camp on 09 April 2019. This elusive snowman has only been sighted at Makalu-Barun National Park in the past.”

Incidentally, the Makalu Base Camp in eastern Nepal is located at an altitude of 4870 m (15978 ,feet), at the base of the majestic Mount Makalu - the fifth highest peak in the world at 8485 m (27,838 feet). This part of the remote Himalayas was closed to the outside world until the 1950s, when British mountaineer Eric Shipton first trekked into the region. Since then, it has remained relatively inaccessible and little-known, except to a handful of keen trekkers - a perfect place for a solitary beast like the Yeti to hang out.


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The legend of the Phoenix that rises from the ashes of its parent is quite well-known. Herodotus had taken this legend to Greece from Egypt, where it was called the Benu Bird. When we read the legends and descriptions of the Benu Bird or the Phoenix, and its counterparts in the Mediterranean region such as the Aetos Dios (Eagle of Zeus) in Greece, the Aquila of the Romans or the Double-headed Eagle that became a symbol of imperial strength and authority across Europe, it becomes quite clear that the Phoenix is not a terrestrial bird, but a periodic comet, that gets very close to the Sun during its perihelion passage (i.e. a Sungrazing comet), and whose apehelion is near the orbit of Jupiter (i.e. a Jupiter-family comet). Like many other comets, it has a double-lobed nucleus, because of which it was also represented as a double-headed eagle. The comet periodically strikes the Earth with fiery projectiles and seeds our planet with water and life, acting as the herald of a new dispensation.

Read the full article here: https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2022/08/The-Phoenix-Is-it-a-Bird-or-a-Sungrazing-Jupiter-Family-Comet-/