Gods, Giants and Megaliths of Laos

Scattered across hundreds of miles of landscape in Laos are megalithic ruins in the shape of jars or gourds. The region is called the “Plain of Jars”. They are so old that their origin and purpose have been forgotten. Archaeological research is difficult because between 1964 and 1973 more than 262 Million cluster bombs were dropped over Laos. 80 Million didn’t explode remain a threat to the population and are only being slowly removed. The initial research on the jars associated them with ancient burial and cremation practices “because human remains were found buried in those areas”. As you may have guessed, this explanation is not sufficient for me.

The popular folktales of Laos sound like something out of my book on Atlantis. They say that the jars were made by a race of giants, to store rice wine and beer for celebrating victories over their enemies and that these events took place “before the flood”. As previously shown, Giants were associated with megaliths and the flood globally, so the Lao myths come as no surprise to me. 330px-Plainofjars_1

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One of the Jars lids:

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It is amazing how you can pinpoint any location on the globe and you will find the exactly same myths plus the corresponding archaeological artifacts you find anywhere else. Before writing this article, I spun my globe and my finger landed on the country of Laos in Southeast Asia and this is what I found. I could do the same for any other area and would likely find

a) megaliths

b) tales of Gods, Serpents and Giants.

c) a flood myth

The only reason these artifacts are considered “unexplained” and “mysterious” is because the context of this ancient mythological narrative is being ignored.

Reading up on Lao Folk Literature I found the following. These are excerpts from a folk tale that has been passed down from generation to generation over millenia. The tale is called “Khun Bulomrajathirat” (bolding mine):

The setting of Khun Bulom was in the two worlds: one being Thaen or the highest celestial being in heaven (sometimes these celestial beings are called phi (spirits); the other being the human on earth.   In those days the celestial beings and the humans could travel back and forth to visit one another.  There were three human leaders or lords named Pu Langxoeng, Khun Khan, and Khun Khet.  They built their territories on earth called Muang Lum (the lower world)…

…The people neglected Thaen’s command.  So he sent his messenger for the second time, but the people still neglected Thaen’s instruction.  After the third time, Thaen became so humiliated that he sent a flood to Muang Lum and the great flood injured and killed many people.  The three leaders realized that they were the cause of Thaen’s wrath so they built a raft, put their wives and children on the raft, and went to heaven to visit Thaen…

…After the flood was over, the three human lords went to pay respect to Thaen and asked for permission to go down to earth again.  Thaen gave a buffalo with beautiful horns and sent them to Na noi oy nu (Muang Thaeng–presently it is Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam.)…

…At first the people did not know how to survive; thus Pu Lang Xoeng taught them how to survive and instructed them to become husbands and wives and build households…

...This time Thaen sent a messenger to teach people how to plant vegetables and fruit.   The people were also taught how to weave and how to make tools.  The messenger also taught people what to do and what not to do.   Once Thaen was certain that the people could take care of themselves, he told them not to travel back and forth to heaven again.  He also had the bridge to heaven collapsed…

…After the giant vine was cut, the human world prospered again.    Later, Khun Bulom had seven sons from his two wives, Nang Yomphala and Nang Et-khaeng.  Then, he found seven beautiful princesses to marry his sons.  After that he taught them how to rule the kingdom peacefully…

The most well-known origins myth of Laos is called “The Great Gourd of Heaven”. That’s an interesting title considering that these jars look like Gourds. The myth says that “long, long ago” the earth was covered with a dense forest and that no light could be seen because of a “giant creeper”. The God Pra-In ordered a group of Gods to go to earth to cut away the creeper. When that happened, sunlight shone all over the earth and it became a bright and pleasant place.

This is amazingly consistent with the various other myths according to which the earth was a cloudy and dark, densely forested place before the great flood and humans could finally see the sun shine in full strength after the flood.

Another popular myth is called “The Toad King”, telling a similar story from the reverse “serpent perspective”. The “Toad King” was respected and loved by humans, which made the “rain god” Phya Thaen jealous. To punish the Toad King he prevented rain from falling for 8 years and 8 months and many died.  The serpent King and his serpent troops went to war against the rain-god. They lost the war. Later, the reptilian Toad King took several measures to conquer the rain-god, one of them was sending “scorpion troops to the sky”. Later still, the god of rain was captured and the toad king had won. Finally, a treaty between the two was made. The treaty spans several articles. One of them literally reads as follows:

A rocket must be made to communicate between the earth people and the God of Rain. Every year, before the rainy season arrives, the earth people have to prepare the rockets and send them to the sky to remind the God of Rain to pour the rain down for rice fields and other crops.

Annually, the Lao celebrate their “Rocket Festival” to commemorate their communication with “the Gods” and request rain. I thought that might be an interesting little tidbit for “ancient alien” believers among you. In fact, Lao Mythology is full of references that sound like technological devices.From the folktale “The Four Marvelous Brothers”:

…On the way home, an unusual incident occurred.  It so frightened them that they both turned pale.  When they looked up in the sky, they saw a giant dragon blowing multicolored rays of fire down onto a bush right in front of them.The old couple thought, “There must be something magical happening there.”  After the dragon disappeared in the clouds, they rushed to look at the bush…

In the context of the “ancient aliens theory”, this would seem to describe an aircraft that was firing lasers of various colors.

From the legend “The Creation of the Mekong”:

Seven days after the message reached Souvan, Soutto moved his force to Souvan’s territory.   All the dragons come with magic power.  They moved so fast that they churned the water until it was muddy.  Suddenly, Souvan ordered his soldiers to confront them, causing a big turmoil.  All the Kuva area became cloudy and hazy.  The sun could not be seen for seven days.  All the animals, big and small, were afraid.   The birds flew away.  The war went on and on, for the two sides were equally strong. 

This description of a war between “dragons” causing a lot of noise and for things to become “cloudy and hazy” while “churning in the water until it became muddy” would seem to describe tank-like war devices. These interpretations are not that far-out or crazy if they are taken alongside and within the context of all other myths around the world.

Of course there are also plenty of stories of Giants, including those of the cannibalistic sort. A legend called “Prince Mountain and Princess Mountain” tells of an Ogress. An Oger is a giant man-eating monster and an Ogress is the female counterpart. At the beginning of the story it says that it “has been passed down from one generation to the next, right down to the present day”. The story describes how humans are fleeing from the Giants and find recluse and safety with the “King of Bulls”. This would be quite well in line with Atlantis-Mythology of Native America and Europe where battles between the “Bulls” of Atlantis fight against the “Giants”. 

Lao myth also says that many humans, at one point in distant History, retreated into caves to hide from the various “wars of the Gods”. There is actual archaeological evidence for this myth. Laos is a mountainous country full of caves and subterranean tunnels. These caves and tunnels were used in prehistory. This is evidenced by skeletal remains having been found in them. Later they were used by buddhists to store scrolls and statues and even in modern times caves were used by the military as bomb shelters.During war time one of the caves took in 23 000 people. They remodeled the caves to contain hospitals, facilities, restaurants, shops and even a theater.

Quoting from the news-article 63 000 year old skull of a modern human found in Laos:

According to an international team of anthropologists, an ancient skull collected from a cave in the Annamite Mountains in northern Laos is the oldest modern human fossil found in Southeast Asia. The skull pushes back the clock on modern human migration through the region by as much as 20,000 years… …The scientists used uranium/thorium dating to determine the age of the skull, which they determined was about 63,000 years old…

The interesting thing about such discoveries is that they are of modern humans with fully developed skulls. Or did you believe the story you learned in school about modern humans only appearing 6000 years ago?

If you don’t think that Mythology describes events that really happened rather than mere allegory and fiction, read Atlantis and the Garden of Eden.