Friday, August 01, 2008

The mysterious undersea ruins of Japan

Just south of the small Okinawan island of Yonaguni is a massive undersea rock formation commonly known as the Yonaguni monument but which some call "Japan's Mysterious Pyramids."

(The History Channel even made a documentary by that name. And some point out the similarity between Yonaguni monument and ruins in Peru.)

The Yonaguni monument was discovered relatively recently, in 1985. Theories about the monuments abound but boil down to three types:
  • The rocks are evidence of an ancient advanced civilization that was destroyed in an earthquake that plunged it into the sea.

  • The rocks are a completely natural formation that just happens to look as if carved by people.

  • The rocks are natural formations modified by ancient Okinawans.

In support of the third theory, the monument does resemble natural rock formations on the island.

For instance, also in southern Japan can be found, on the island of Aoshima in Miyazaki Prefecture, a natural rock formation that the locals call "the demon's washboard" (oni no sentakuita).

Natural or man-made — or both?

An illustration of the entire formation/monument. (From an article in the German magazine Der Spiegel.)

Even demons have to wash their clothes occasionally.

—Mellow Monk

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