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Ancient Aliens Debunked —- Vimanas

Why the Vimanas of ancient Indian texts are not alien spaceships.

The Murder Cult of India

Originating from the middle ages, the Thuggee were a cult devoted to the Hindu goddess Kali.  According to Thuggee belief, Kali was a bloodthirsty goddess of extreme power who desired human sacrifice, lest she destroy the world.  Of course, there wasn’t exactly a long line of volunteers for human sacrifice, so the Thuggee resorted to unwilling victims.

Typically the Thuggee would pose as ordinary people, such as merchants, pilgrims, soldiers, and other travelers.  Travel throughout India at the time was often dangerous due to wild animals and outlaws, so it was wise to travel in groups.  A group of Thuggee would get to know a traveler (or travelers) and offer to keep company for protection.  As they traveled, sometimes for hundreds of miles, the Thuggee would gain the trust of the traveler.  Biding their time, they struck when the moment was right, typically in a secluded area far from civilization.  Being highly experienced in their murderous art, the Thuggee typically had foreknowledge of the route, knowing where the best ambush points were, where the best escapes routes were, and where the best hiding places for bodies were located.

When the victim least expected it, the Thuggee would jump the victim and murder him (killing women was forbidden by the Thuggee).  Thuggee religion forbid the actual spilling of blood, so the time honored bloodless technique of garroting the victim to death was used.  The Thuggee worked together as a disciplined team, with one acting as a look out, another providing a distraction for the victim, others tasked to restrain the victim, while one honored Thuggee had the duty of strangling the victim to death with a silk scarf.  

Once the murder was complete, the Thuggee would bury the body while offering up a sacrifice of sugar.  A portion of valuables stolen from the victim would also be offered to Kali.  Thuggee membership was for life, and was hereditary only.  Typically the career of a Thuggee began at age ten, when the new member was permitted to witness their first murder.  When a Thuggee came of age, he received the rank of “strangler” and was entrusted with the duty of committing murder for Kali.

The end of the Thuggee cult came when the British gained near total control over India in the early 19th century.  In the 1830’s British officials formed the “Thuggee and Dacoity Department” with the goal of rooting out and exterminating the Thuggee.  To head the department, an experienced British soldier named Sir William Henry Sleeman was chosen to head the department.  Sleeman observed and catalogued the modus operandi of the Thuggee and used their own tactics against them.  His men would often pose as travelers, tricking the Thuggee into believing they were victims ripe for the killing.  When the Thuggee would strike, the tables would be turned against them as they were ambushed and captured.  The captured Thuggee would then be interrogating, sometimes turning “Kings evidence” against other Thuggee.  

Within a few years the Thuggee cult had been crippled by the British. By the end of the 19th century the Thuggee were declared extinct.  The legacy runs deeply in modern day pop culture, being the enemy of Indiana Jones in the film Temple of Doom.  The Thuggee are also where we derive the word thug”commonly used to describe a violent and merciless criminal.

A rare breechloading wheellock rifle decorated with antler, gold, and various engravings with a walnut stock.  Originates from Southern Germany, circa 1610.
Currently on display with the Wallace Collection in London.

A rare breechloading wheellock rifle decorated with antler, gold, and various engravings with a walnut stock.  Originates from Southern Germany, circa 1610.

Currently on display with the Wallace Collection in London.

Unique superimposed load ratchet fire pistol, early to mid 19th century.

From Rock Island Auctions:

Made by an unknown smith, this pistol started life as a single shot underhammer target pistol before being changed to it’s present configuration.  The original working guts of the pistol have been stripped, and a novel single trigger, mutli-hammer arrangement has been installed in its place.  A series of 4 percussion nipples have been installed on the upper left flat, each with a single hammer that is lifted and dropped in sequence, muzzle to breech, by a ratchet driven camshaft, which is moved by the spring loaded double action trigger.  In operation, four charges of powder and ball would be loaded, one atop another, and then (hopefully) fired one at a time.”

Estimated Value: $5,000 - $7,500

Custom left handed Stevens Model 47 single shot target rifle.  Late 19th century.

Custom left handed Stevens Model 47 single shot target rifle.  Late 19th century.

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On this day in history, September 16, 1782, Congress stamped a document with it’s own seal for the first time. In this document the design is very hard to see. Sometimes in really important documents a hanging, or pendant, seal was used as in the case of the hanging seal on the Louisiana Purchase Treaty.

An excellent set of cased and decorated Lefaucheux pinfire revolvers with ivory grips.  Originates from France, mid 19th century.

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West Berlin policemen and East German Volkspolizei face each other across the border after a young girl managed to cross the border into West Berlin.

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West Berlin policemen and East German Volkspolizei face each other across the border after a young girl managed to cross the border into West Berlin.

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looking at kim il-sung

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looking at kim il-sung

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                              Marshal François Joseph Lefebvre
                                          First Duc de Dantzig
                             (October 25, 1755—September 14, 1820)

napoleondidthat:

                              Marshal François Joseph Lefebvre

                                          First Duc de Dantzig

                             (October 25, 1755—September 14, 1820)

The moving finger writes, and having writ, moves on. Nor all your piety, nor all your wit, shall call it back and cancel out half a line. Nor all your tears wash away a word of it.
Omar Khayyam

A Japanese matchlock musket with silver and gold inlaid dragon on the barrel. Asano Clan markings, 17th century.

Fun History Fact,

During World War II British secret services attempted to trick the German government into thinking that SS Chief Heinrich Himmler was planning a coup against Hitler. The intricate plot involved the replacement of postage stamps bearing Hitler’s image with fake postage stamps bearing Himmler’s image. 

The great WWII stamp plot was a very subtle plot.  Indeed the plot was so subtle that few Germans noticed the fake stamps or believed they were of any significant importance.

The Italian Invasion of France during World War II,

When Germany invaded Belgium the Netherlands, and France on May 10th, 1940, the Italian dictator Mussolini chose to stay out of the war, being advised that the Italian Army was not ready for major combat operations.  However, by June of that year German forces had blitzkrieged through the French Army and were driving deeply into French territory.  With victory almost assured for the Axis forces, it seemed to Italy that it needed to get on the conquest bandwagon.  The new fascist Roman Empire had its eye on the provinces of Nice and Savoy, lands once a part of Italy that were sold to France in 1858.

Between June 10th and June 19th Italian bombers and warships bombarding strategic towns and cities along the French Alpine border.  Then on June 20th, 300,000 Italian troops attacked, crossing the border and attacking into Southern France.  At first the French were unprepared for the invasion.  Suffering defeat after defeat at the hands of the German Wehrmacht, the French were taken by surprised by Italy’s assault.  Due to the fighting in the north, the French Army could only spare 85,000 men to counter the 300,000 man Italian invasion force.  However by June 22nd, the French had manned heavily fortified positions that guarded several key strategic passes through the Alps.  The Italian Army immediately halted, then slowly began to fall back under heavy French artillery fire.  Worse yet, the Italians suffered from shortages of everything as Italian Army logistics was unprepared for combat operations.  Especially in short supply was cold weather gear, a must when fighting in the cold climate of the French/Italian Alps.  Many Italian troops suffered from frostbite and hypothermia.

On June 22nd, 1944 France formally surrendered to Germany.  However France was still at war with Italy, and the fighting continued.  By June 23rd, France’s elite Alpine troops attacked using a massive snow storm for cover.  They made short work of the Italian infantry, who were poorly trained, equipped, and disciplined.  By June 24th, the situation was growing worse even worse for Italy.  The French Air Force engaged and defeated the Italian Air Force, grounding and destroying Italy’s bomber fleet in the Alps while French battleships and other naval units bombarded Italian ports.

By the end of June 24th, the Italian Army was near breaking point.  The next day the French planned an offensive with heavy artillery and air support that would have certainly sent the Italians in full retreat.  However, on June 25th, the Italian Army was saved by the bell.  Under pressure from Hitler, what remained of the French government issued orders for all French forces to stand down and surrender.  A formal armistice with Italy was signed later that day.

The performance of the Italian Army during the Battle of France was a major embarrassment to Mussolini and the Fascist Party.  Its ironic that while France had already been soundly defeated by Germany, the Italians were being soundly defeated by France. During the four day battle Italian losses numbered over 6,000 dead.  French forces lost only 40 men.

As a result of Italy’s lackluster combat performance, Italian territorial demands were exceptionally modest.  The Germans granted Italy control of a 50 km wide strip of land along the Italian border, as well as control over the Island of Corsica.  As the Third Reich pillaged France throughout the war, the Italian zone of occupation became a refuge for French Jews, with 80% of Jews from Vichy France fleeing to the zone after Nazi persecution. The Italian occupation zone was taken over by Germany when Italy signed an armistice with the Allies on Sept. 8th, 1943.

The German C-96 “Red 9” Broomhandle Pistol,

During World War I, the famous Luger pistol was the most popular side arm of the German Army.  However production of the Luger was slow due to its complicated and precise engineering. To make up for the shortage the German Army contracted Mauser Works to manufacture a version of the C-96 chambered in 9mm Luger as an alternative.  The new pistol produced was identical to the original C-96, the only difference being the change in caliber.  To ensure that it was not accidentally loaded with the wrong ammunition, a large red painted 9 was carved into the handle, hence its nickname.  Like other broomhandle pistols they were often issued with a detachable wooden buttstock which also served as a holster.  150,000 “Red 9” broomhandles were produced, of which approximately 137,000 were delivered to the German Army.