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Have ancients transmitted information for 12,000 years till present? (cont.)
By Ritesh Singh, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur

All the adverse effects of climate change that are being discussed today would have taken a demonic form at that time because both rate and magnitude of the change was much higher. All these events together may have led to megafaunal extinctions, the disappearance of Clovis culture and Homo floresiensis; and inclusion of deluge myths in cultures all over the world. Thus, severe climate change at eLGM would have caused havoc in terms of almost all natural disasters which would have led to closely associated events like RSB leaving a deep mark in human minds of those times. The above climatic review also has implications for the results of contemporary global warming.

Furthermore, the astronomical description in the myth is well structured but the description of associated disaster is not (1). Moreover, regarding RSB, Brihat-Samhita says that whole world will be plunged in “ocean of undesired [happenings]” (“undesired [happenings]” is better translation of anishta than “misery” (as given in (1)) because ishta means “desired” in Sanskrit and an negates it) and Grahalaghav says “great disasters occur” (1). This tells that the disaster was not one specific event but a collection of many and of different types, again pointing to eLGM.

With all the above evidences, it becomes clear that the formation of the myth of RSB related disasters, whenever it occurred, should have been done by somebody with some knowledge of the events in the 10th millennium BCE as also proposed by (1). That they were meticulous observers and accurate describers, is clear from the concrete description of the event (1) at least some part of which would have occurred during eLGM showing that careful astronomical observations may have started much before what we currently think. It is also clear that the observers could note that the planets were wanderers, an amazing achievement for their times.


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