Giant Mahabharatha skeleton find proved to be a hoaxDecember 15th, 2007 - 2:55 pm ICT by admin
Washington, Dec.15 (ANI): A report that suggested that a National Geographic Society team had dug up a giant human skeleton in India, in collaboration with the Indian Army, and linked it to events related to the mythological epic Mahabharatha, has been exposed as a hoax.
“Recent exploration activity in the northern region of India uncovered skeletal remains of a human of phenomenal size,” a March 2007 article in India’s Hindu Voice monthly had claimed.
The report went on to say the discovery was made by a “National Geographic Team (India Division) with support from the Indian Army since the area comes under jurisdiction of the Army.”
The account added that the team also found tablets with inscriptions that suggest the giant belonged to a race of super-humans that are mentioned in the Mahabharata.
The hoax began with a doctored photo and later found a receptive online audiencethanks perhaps to the image’s unintended religious connotations.
A digitally altered photograph created in 2002 shows a reclining giant surrounded by a wooden platformwith a shovel-wielding archaeologist thrown in for scale.
By 2004 the “discovery” was being blogged and e-mailed all over the world”Giant Skeleton Unearthed!”And it’s been enjoying a revival in 2007.
The photo fakery might be obvious to most people. But the tall tale refuses to lie down even five years later, if a continuing flow of emails to National Geographic News is any indication.
The messages came from around the globePortugal, India, El Salvador, Malaysia, Africa, the Dominican Republic, Greece, Egypt, South Africa and Kenya. But they all ask the same question: Is it true?
Hindu Voice Editor P. Deivamuthu admitted to National Geographic News that his publication was taken in by the fake reports.
The monthly, which is based in Mumbai, published a retraction after readers alerted Deivamuthu to the hoax, he said.
“We are against spreading lies and canards. Moreover, our readers are a highly intellectual class and will not brook any nonsense,” Deivamuthu added.
The recent hoax is reminiscent of the once famous Cardiff Giant myth, involving a ten-foot-tall (three-meter) stone figure dug up in 1869 in Cardiff, New York.
Many people believed the figure was a petrified man and claimed he was one of the giants mentioned in the Bible’s Book of Genesis. (ANI)
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