Ancient Buddhist Statue, Discovered By Nazis, Was Carved From Meteorite

Posted by on September 27, 2012
Last Updated: July 16, 2017

Scientists at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have discovered that a Buddhist statue, first located by the Nazis in 1938, was carved from ataxite, a type of rare, nickel-rich iron meteorite.

Known as the “Iron Man” statue, it is believed to portray the god Vaiśravaṇa, or Namtösé in Tibet, and was likely created in the Bon culture of the 11th century, although this is only speculation.

The ataxite itself likely originated from a fragment of the Chinga meteorite, which fell to Earth 15,000 years ago.

“Nazis. I hate these guys.”

During the Nazi expedition to Tibet in 1938-1939, the Nazis sought out the origin of the Aryan race. This was a mystical location they believed served as the home of a race of immortal super humans, perhaps Agartha or Shambhala, or what the Nazis called Thule or Hyperborea.

It was during this expedition that the Nazis discovered the statue which, perhaps ironically, also bears a swastika upon its chest. This is, I imagine, unrelated to the Nazi swastika, as the symbol is found in many Indian religions. It may, however, have been what led the Nazis to take an interest in the statue.

Much of ancient Tibetan Buddhism is tied to the stars. The Cintamani Stone, if you remember, is said to have originated in the Sirius star system, brought to Earth by extraterrestrials. It, too, was probably a meteorite.

Source: Meteorics & Planetary Science: Buddha from space—An ancient object of art made of a Chinga iron meteorite fragment

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