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The Mysterious Tale Of The Man From Taured – Evidence For Parallel Universes? Or An Embellishment?

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The Man from Taured (sometimes referred to as the Taured Mystery or the Man without a Country) is a story about a man who arrives at a Japanese airport from a country called Taured. Many people have claimed this story to be true, so the crux of the problem pertains to Taured. One would notice that there is no country by the name of Taured, either today or during the purported period of time when the incident took place, i.e. the 1950s. The story ends with the man disappearing (forever) a day after arriving in Japan. Moreover, all of his personal documents, such as his passport and driver’s license also (conveniently) disappeared, thus making this strange story unsolvable.

The Man’s Arrival

The story of the ‘Man from Taured’ begins quite specifically in many sources with a hot day in July 1954. On that particular day, a man was said to have arrived at Haneda Airport, known also as Tokyo International Airport. This man has been described as Caucasian looking with a beard. Whilst his primary language is said to have been French, it has been purported that he spoke Japanese and many other languages as well. So far, there is nothing extraordinary to note..

Customs service at Haneda Airport in 1950s. (Public Domain)
Customs service at Haneda Airport in 1950s. (Public Domain)

The sequence of events then differs according to which version of the story one encounters. In one version, this man hands over his passport to be stamped, and the Japanese immigration officer notices something strange. Whilst the passport looked authentic, the country where it was issued, ‘Taured’, was recognized as non-existent, either by the officer or one of his / her colleagues, indicating that the man should be taken away for interrogation. In another version, the man mentioned that he was from Taured, and when the immigration officer did not believe him, he showed him / her his passport.

Location of Taured

The next part of the story details the man trying to convince the immigration officers that Taured does indeed exist. According to the traveller, Taured was located between France and Spain, and had by then been in existence for 1000 years.

When shown a map, the man pointed to the area occupied by the Principality of Andorra, and was puzzled as to why his country was called Andorra on the map. Both sides refused to give in – the Japanese officers insisted that Taured did not exist, and the traveller argued otherwise.

Location of Andorra (center of green circle) in Europe (dark grey). (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Location of Andorra (center of green circle) in Europe (dark grey). (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Vanished!

Eventually, the man was held by the officers, as they were suspicious that he might be some kind of criminal. They brought him to a nearby hotel for the night, whilst they conducted their investigation. To ensure that the man did not escape during the night, two guards were placed outside his room. The next morning, when the officers went to the man’s room, they realized that he had simply vanished, as there were no signs of his escape. Additionally, all of his personal documents, which may serve as evidence for the story’s validity, had apparently disappeared as well.

Travel through Time or Space? Or Just an Exaggeration?

One of the most notable explanations for this incident is that the man from Taured had somehow passed through a parallel dimension by accident, and ended up at Haneda Airport. It has been suggested that, based on this explanation, there is a parallel earth which is similar to ours with the exception that the locations called Andorra here is known as Taured over there. Another suggestion is that the man was a time traveller from the future, thou this interpretation is arguably more problematic than the one supposing inter-dimensional travel.

Going to a different dimension. (UFOvnis/Youtube Screenshot)
Going to a different dimension. (UFOvnis/Youtube Screenshot)

It has also been suggested that an incident like that did indeed happen, though perhaps much less sensational. This more mundane story could have been embellished each time it was told, so much so that it eventually evolved into the great mystery that it is known as today.

Finally, it is also entirely possible that this story is merely an urban legend. The story of the ‘Man from Taured’ might not have even occurred in the first place, and may have just been the creation of someone’s imagination.

This article (The Mysterious Tale Of The Man From Taured – Evidence For Parallel Universes? Or An Embellishment?) was originally created for Ancient Origins and is published here under Creative Commons.

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Long Lost Palace And Death Site Of Moctezuma II Discovered In Mexico

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Those up on their real Aztec history know that the derogatory phrase “Montezuma’s revenge” refers to the consequences bestowed on the descendants of Europeans for the murder of the greatest Aztec emperor by the Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes. They also know that his real name was Moctezuma II (also Motecuhzoma Xocoyotzin, which means Moctezuma the Younger) and his imprisonment and mysterious death — possibly in the crossfire of a battle between Spaniards and Aztecs — occurred in his own palace of Axayácatl. While its general location was long thought to be buried somewhere under Mexico City, it has never been found … until now.

“Below the subflooring of the house of Cortés, more than 3 meters deep, the remains of another floor of basalt slabs, but from pre-Hispanic times, were detected. Given its characteristics, the specialists deduced that it was part of an open space in the former Palace of Axayácatl, probably a courtyard.”

Moctezuma II
Moctezuma II

A press release from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History describes the recent discovery and identification of a house built by Hernan Cortes next to what is now known to be the remains of the courtyard of Moctezuma II’s Palace of Axayácatl. (Photos here.) The discovery was made during excavations being done as part of renovations to the historic Nacional Monte de Piedad, which was once a pawnshop dating back to 1775 but most recently housed a charitable nonprofit organization. Urban archaeologists Raúl Barrera Rodríguez and José María García Guerrero led the excavations.

“Barrera and García emphasize that the vestiges of the nascent Viceregal era correspond to reused materials from the Old Houses of Axayácatl. These premises, like so many other structures of the Sacred Precinct of Tenochtitlan, were destroyed by the Spanish and their indigenous allies, almost to their foundations.”

The archaeologists identified materials in the construction of the living quarters of Cortes that were taken from destroyed Aztec buildings, including from the palace of Moctezuma II’s father, Axayacatl – a desecration and destruction of Aztec culture that continued long after Cortes was gone. A wall in one room contained “two pre-Hispanic dressed stones carved with sculptures” depicting a feathered serpent (Quetzalcóatl – the Plumed Serpent god) and a headdress of feathers. They also found pottery and earthenware was dated to the time of Moctezuma II.

Quetzalcóatl
Quetzalcóatl

Sadly, Moctezuma II had welcomed Cortes and his men to stay at the palace and in its adjacent houses, only to see the beginning of their destruction before he was imprisoned and killed. Unfortunately, this discovery of his palace so far has not revealed any more clues as to how died or where his remains were taken. The best accounts of the time say he was either killed immediately by a stone hitting his head or died later of multiple wounds that were not treated. His body was said to have been removed and possibly cremated.

In the press release, Raúl Barrera decries the “paucity” of material evidence of the existence of the palaces of Axayácatl and Moctezuma II because of the utter destruction of the main buildings “both for symbolic and practical purposes.” “Practical” as in the near genocide of an ancient culture and the destruction of its heritage for quick-and-easy building materials.

It’s not the water. Perhaps Moctezuma II is exacting revenge in some other way. Any ideas?

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Astonishing Zapotec Ruins And Carvings Found In Mexico

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A monument found among the Zapotec ruins in south-west Mexico. Source: EFE

An astonishing discovery has been made on top of a mountain in Mexico. Archaeologists and locals have been exploring a site where previously unknown Zapotec ruins and carvings have been found. The Zapotec ruins date back 2500 years and are providing new insight into an important culture in Mesoamerica before the coming of the Conquistadors.

The discovery was made by local people from the village of Santa Cruz Huehuepiaxtla, which is in Puebla State in south-west Mexico. This area of the country is rich in historic ruins and archaeological sites. The finds were made on the summit of Cerro de Peña Mountain at a height of 6000 feet (1,828.8 meters). It is reported by Reporter Choice that ‘Access to the site is along a rocky path, which takes two and a half hours to climb’.

It takes two and a half hours to climb up to the Zapotec ruins. (Oro Noticias)
It takes two and a half hours to climb up to the Zapotec ruins. (Oro Noticias)
Significant Zapotec Ruins on the Summit

Archaeologists from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) were amazed at what they found on the mountain top. José Alfredo Arellanes, who works with the INAH, stated, “Initial investigations suggest a ceremonial area, flanked by temples and the homes of the rulers, would have been located at the top of the mountain.”

The mountain top was home to seven-step pyramids, a public space used as a ceremonial area, and a ball court. Here pelota, a game played with a heavy rubber ball, was played. This game had immense social and even ceremonial significance throughout Mesoamerica. Pelota involved players using their hips to put a ball through a hoop.

So far, investigators at the Zapotec ruins have found two stelae that have panels of engravings, as well as a number of smaller stones with carvings that are all well-preserved. Mr. Arellanes is quoted by the BBC as saying that “87 glyphs, or symbols, have been found so far.” They include depictions of horned figures and animals, including iguanas and eagles. There is also a large female figure, which may possibly be a goddess, that resembles a bat.

Two stelae that have panels of engravings, as well as a number of smaller stones with carvings, have been found at Zapotec ruins. (The Yucatan Times)
Two stelae that have panels of engravings, as well as a number of smaller stones with carvings, have been found at Zapotec ruins. (The Yucatan Times)
The Cloud People

Archaeologists think it lay hidden since the 6th Century,’ according to the BBC. The team from INAH are still examining the site and they hypothesize that it was built by the Zapotec culture. The Zapotecs are known as the ‘Cloud People’ because they lived in the highlands of Mexico. Their culture flourished over 2000 years and developed a very sophisticated civilization and distinctive writing system.

The Zapotec people emerged from the Oaxaca Valley and they developed an extensive state that was centred on the city Monte Alban, which is now in ruins. Eventually, the Zapotecs established an Empire. They flourished for many centuries and were even able to beat off repeated Aztec efforts to conquer them.

However, their state eventually did fall to the Spanish, after its population was devasted by plagues brought by the Europeans. In modern Mexico, there are still many communities of Zapotec Indians who are descended from the ‘Cloud People’.

Carvings to Honor the God of the Underworld

The Zapote had a polytheistic religion and worshipped gods associated with farming and animals. Arab News reports that ‘The carvings suggest it may have been dedicated to the god of the underworld’.

The site on top of the mountain was likely an important religious and ceremonial center in the Zapotec state. This ancient religion still plays an important role in modern Zapotec beliefs, as they have merged with Catholic practices.

Archaeologists think the site may have been dedicated to the Zapotec god of the Underworld. (EFE/Hilda Rios)
Archaeologists think the site may have been dedicated to the Zapotec god of the Underworld. (EFE/Hilda Rios)

The BBC reports that ‘locals said they were proud to have led archaeologists to this latest find.’ Investigations are continuing at the site but are slow because of the area’s remoteness and the difficult terrain. More discoveries will probably be made among the Zapotec ruins that will provide more insights into this part of Mexico in the ancient past.

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Pentagon’s Top-Secret UFO Unit To Brief Senate As Ex-Official Says ‘Off-World Vehicles’ Found

“If it’s something from outside this planet — that might actually be better than…the Chinese or the Russians,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).

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(TMU) – As secretive unit operating within the U.S. Department of Defence that is charged with investigating unidentified flying objects (UFOs) will make some of its findings public after it was revealed that the Pentagon has been recently briefed about “off-world vehicles not made on this earth.”

The once-covert UFO unit, which operates within the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Intelligence, will soon begin giving regular biannual updates on its research to the U.S. Senate’s Intelligence Committee, reports The New York Times.

The Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force was formed in 2019 for the purpose of studying strange and inexplicable encounters between U.S. military pilots and unidentified aerial vehicles or UFOs in a bid “to standardize collection and reporting” of the various sightings.

The program is the successor to the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which also investigated UFOs but was dissolved in 2017 due to a lapse of funding. However, the team working on that program continued its work alongside the intelligence community even after it was officially disbanded.

Luis Elizondo, a former military intelligence official who headed the Pentagon program, resigned in October 2017 after a decade with the program. Elizondo, along with a group of former government scientists and officials, remain convinced that objects of unknown origin have crashed on Earth and that these apparently extraterrestrial materials have been the focus of research.

“It no longer has to hide in the shadows,” Elizondo told the Times. “It will have a new transparency.”

Former Senate majority leader and retired Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), who led the push to fund the earlier UFO program, also believes that the studies should see the light of day.

“After looking into this, I came to the conclusion that there were reports — some were substantive, some not so substantive — that there were actual materials that the government and the private sector had in their possession,” Reid said.

So far, none of the alleged crash artifacts have been subject to public scrutiny or verification by independent researchers. However, some of the retrieved objects such as strange metallic debris were identified as being manmade – raising the possibility that they could be related to the military of U.S. rivals such as China or Russia.

However, astrophysicist Eric Davis – who served as an advisor for the Pentagon program since 2007 – said that he had briefed the Pentagon in March about material retrieved from “off-world vehicles not made on this earth.”

The Department of Defence subcontractor also said that he had concluded that the objects found were of the type “we couldn’t make … ourselves.”

In an interview last month, President Donald Trump told his son Donald Trump Jr. that he had heard some “interesting” things about supposed aliens as well as the secretive Area 51 base near Roswell, New Mexico, that some theorists claim is a UFO crash site.

The U.S. government has been increasingly open in its discussions of UFOs since last September, when  U.S. Navy admitted that widely-circulated video footage captured by Navy pilots that purportedly showed UFOs flying through the skies did depict actual “unknown” objects that flew into U.S. airspace.

While officials admitted that they have been baffled by the unknown flying objects, they also admit that past encounters with them have been frequent. They also said that rather than calling them “UFOs,” they prefer the term unidentified aerial phenomena or UAPs.

While it remains yet to be seen what information the once-secret UFO unit plans to lay out for lawmakers, acting intelligence committee chairman Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is intent on finding out who or what precisely is behind the apparent UFO activity over U.S. military bases.

“We have things flying over our military bases and places where we are conducting military exercises and we don’t know what it is — and it isn’t ours,” Rubio told CBS Miami in an interview last Friday.

“Frankly, that if it’s something from outside this planet — that might actually be better than the fact that we’ve seen some technological leap on behalf of the Chinese or the Russians or some other adversary that allows them to conduct this sort of activity,” the hawkish senator added.

For Reid, further transparency is needed.

“It is extremely important that information about the discovery of physical materials or retrieved craft come out,” he said.

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Egyptian Chambers Of Mystery Found Near Abydos

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Archaeologists exploring inside the sacred valley south of the royal cemetery of Umm Al-Qaab, in the desert west of Abydos, in Egypt have discovered a series of mysterious openings located high up a cliff face. Now they are trying to explain the purpose behind those strange Egyptian chambers.

Located near the modern Egyptian towns of El Araba El Madfuna and El Balyana, about 11 kilometres (6.84 miles) west of the Nile, Abydos was one of the oldest and most important cities of ancient Egypt. This vast necropolis contained the remains of the earliest Egyptian royalty, thus, over time, it became a major cult and pilgrimage center for the worship of Osiris, the god of the underworld.

Archaeologist Mohammed Abd Al-Badea led the Egyptian archaeological survey team and Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that their recent investigation demonstrated that the openings discovered high up in a cliff face are “entrances to carved out chambers, which probably have sacred religious importance.”

The openings discovered high up in a cliff face are “entrances to carved out chambers, which probably have sacred religious importance.” (Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities)
The openings discovered high up in a cliff face are “entrances to carved out chambers, which probably have sacred religious importance.” (Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities)
A Matrix of Ancient Egyptian Underworld Chambers

A report in Ahram says that some of the cliff chambers had been created by enlarging natural tunnels in the bedrock that had been made by water flowing over thousands of years. Deep vertical well-like shafts follow natural water tunnels down into the bedrock, but these are currently blocked by debris. Some of the openings lead to one chamber, while others lead to groups of two, three, and five chambers which are interconnected by narrow doorways cut through the bedrock.

The chambers measure around 1.2 meters (3.94 ft.) high and are largely undecorated, with only one carving of two small figures cut in bas relief on the side of one entry point. But there are many shallow rock-cut niches, benches, rows of circular depressions or troughs cut in the floor, and many small holes in the walls just below the ceiling, which Waziri said are ropes or hand holds.

No burials were found inside any of the Egyptian chambers, but pottery and graffiti found inside one chamber gives the names of “Khuusu-n-Hor, his mother Amenirdis, and grandmother Nes-Hor,” which dates to the Ptolemaic period, 332-30 BC.

The newly found Egyptian chambers are not decorated. (Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities)
Evidence of Environmental Adaptation, Perhaps?

A report on Archaeology News Network says Matthew Adams of the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University, who is co-director of the North Abydos Expedition, suggested that because the chambers are located inside the sacred valley of Abydos, in hard-to-reach positions high on a cliff face, they may have had “great religious significance.”

A paper published on ESA Academic by Ashraf Aboul-Fetooh Mostafa explains that in ancient Egypt caves were one of “the most important morphological features of the Nile Valley landscape.” They can be divided into three types: “dissolution caves, caves of rock-cut tombs dated from the dynastic period and caves derived from ancient quarries.”

The researchers explain that the functional role of caves varied in different areas across Egypt throughout the centuries, reflecting the people’s interrelationship with the environment. Furthermore, the geographic nature of the Nile valley, the morphology of the caves, and the political and social conditions explain why natural caves had not been exploited since Pharaonic times and why man-made caves, especially caves of rock-cut tombs, were used instead.

The chambers are located inside the sacred valley of Abydos. (Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities)
The chambers are located inside the sacred valley of Abydos. (Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities)
But there is Not a Jot of Evidence of Any Burials in the Egyptian Chambers

The ancient Egyptians often left natural caves alone, preferring to dig chambers in the rocks on the sides of the Nile Valley, and these man-made caves were conceived for functional purposes that natural caves could not perform. And while in the beginning holes were dug in the ground at the desert margin near the floodplain for protection from floods and resulting swamps, subsequent tombs were dug on high scarps for protection against theft and sabotage that prevailed during periods of social and political unrest.

Tombs were often dug high up on cliff faces for protection against theft and sabotage. (Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities)
Tombs were often dug high up on cliff faces for protection against theft and sabotage. (Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities)

However, the archaeologists researching these newly discovered ancient Egyptian chambers found no evidence that they had ever been used as tombs. According to Ashraf Aboul-Fetooh Mostafa, “other caves were dug for economic purposes like quarrying during the Pharaonic and Romanic periods and “Quarry-caves were used as human shelters in later times.”

Until the debris from the deep shafts has been excavated and tested it looks like the original purpose of these chambers will remain a mystery.

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