Date: March 12, 1975

Location: Brasilia, Brazil

The story goes that somewhere around 10,000 B.C. a giant alien spaceship would have crashed in the Himalayas, in a region that is now on the Chinese/Tibetan border. Descendants of the crash survivors would still live there in an isolated tribe. They would be called the Dropas, are said to be human looking, yet would on average only be 3' to 4' tall.

The Hoax Angle

That, at least, is what the book Sungods in Exile would have you believe. The book was published in 1978, by David Agamom, and allegedly was based upon the notes of a Dr Karyl Robin-Evans whom Agamon claimed was a professor at Oxford University. The book tells of a 1947 expedition to Tibet in which the scientist visited Bayan Har Mountains. Robin-Evans claimed that the Dropa tribe was of extraterrestrial origin and had crashed on Earth. The book featured photographs of the tribe and the alleged Dropa stones which contained messages from the extraterrestrials.

From the very beginning, however, there were problems:

No Dr. Karyl Robin-Evans could be found. Other characters who were added later on to the tale, also turned out to be non-existent.

Then, in 1995, British author David Gamon admitted in Fortean Times that he had written Sungods in Exile as a hoax under the Agamon pseudonym, inspired by the popularity of Erich von Däniken and his books on ancient astronauts. The source material for the story was taken from a 1960s magazine article in Russian Digest, and a 1973 French science fiction novel Les disques de Biem-Kara, The disks of Biem-Kara, by Daniel Piret.

As humanity searches for its extraterrestrial roots, amount the enigmatic objects found along the way are the Drop Stones of Tibet.

Who were the Dropa? The Dropa, also known as Dropas, Drok-pa or Dzopa, are, according to certain controversial writers, a race of dwarfish extraterrestrials who landed near the Chinese/Tibetan border some 12,000 years ago. Skeptics note, however, a number of problems with the case, and a lack of corroborative evidence, which offers significant doubt as to the reality of the more sensationalistic Dropa claims. Mainstream critics argue that the entire affair is a hoax.

Chi Pu Tei, a professor of archaeology at Beijing University, and his students were on an expedition to explore a series of caves in the pathless Himalayan mountains of the remote Bayan-Kara-Ula in Qinghai on the border of China and Tibet. The caves may have been artificially carved to be a system of tunnels and underground storerooms. The walls were squared and glazed, as if cut into the mountain with great heat.

They found many neat rows of tombs with short 4" 4" skeletons buried within. The skeletons had abnormally big heads, and small, thin, fragile bodies. A member of the team suggested that these might be the remains of an unknown species of mountain gorilla.

Prof. Chi Pu Tei was said to respond: Who ever heard of apes burying one another?

There were no epitaphs at the graves, but instead hundreds of 12" wide stone disks, Dropa Stones, were found having 3/4" wide holes in their centers. On the walls were carved pictures of the rising sun, moon, stars, the land, mountains, and lines of pea sized dots connecting the earth with the sky. Along with the disks, the cave drawings had been determined to be about 12,000 years old.

The disks were labeled along with other finds of the expedition and stored away at Beijing University for 20 years, during which deciphering attempts were unsuccessful.

When the disks were closely examined by Dr. Tsum Um Nui of Beijing around 1958, he concluded that each groove actually consisted of a series of tiny hieroglyphs of unknown pattern and origin. The rows of hieroglyphics were so small that a magnifying glass was needed to see them clearly. Many of the hieroglyphics had been worn away by erosion.

When Dr. Tsum deciphered the symbols, they told the story of the crash landing of the Dropa spaceship and the killing of most of the survivors by local people.

According to Tsum Um Nui, one of the lines of the hieroglyphs reads:

The Dropas came down from the clouds in their aircraft. Our men, women and children hid in the caves ten times before sunrise. When at last they understood the sign language of the Dropas, they realized that the newcomers had peaceful intentions.

Another section expresses regret by the Ham that the aliens’ craft had crash landed in such a remote and inaccessible mountain range and that there had been no way to building a new one to enable the Dropas to return to their own planet.

Dr. Tsum’s report supposedly appeared in a professional journal in 1962. He was subsequently ridiculed to the point of self imposed exile in Japan, where he died. The Peking Academy of Pre-history never allowed him to publish and never speak of his findings.

Tsum Um Nui is not a real Chinese name, and critics suggest that Dr. Tsum may not have actually existed. However Tsum Um Nui is a Japanese name adapted to Chinese language. There is no evidence of him beyond the Dropa allegations.

In 1965, Professor Chi Pu Tei and four of his colleagues were finally given permission to reveal their theory. They published it under the title: The Grooved Script concerning Spaceships which, as recorded on the Disks, landed on Earth 12,000 years ago.

The records, some 716 grooved disks later uncovered in the same caves, tell an astonishing story of a space probe sent by the inhabitants of another planet. After landing at the Bayan-Kara-Ula mountain range, the scripts allegedly say, the peaceful intentions of the aliens confused the members of the Ham tribe, inhabitants of the neighboring caves, who hunted down and killed the extraterrestrials.

Photos claiming to show Dropa Disks are in fact Bi Disks, thousands of which have been found throughout China, mostly in the Southeastern Provinces. Bi Disks range in size of a few inches to several feet, and are most commonly made of jade or nephrite, with a round or square small central hole.

Most Bi Disks date to the Neolithic Period, c. 3000 BCE, but are found up to the Shang Dynasty Period. Bi Disks beyond the Shang Period are usually more ornate, carved with dragons, snakes and sometimes fish, and used in ritual ceremonies.

Most Neolithic Bi Disks were found in gravesites, buried beneath the head or feet of the deceased. It is theorized that this was to assist the deceased’s spirit. No Bi Disks have been found to contain writing or spiral grooves as described in the Dropa story by authors such as Hartwig Hausdorf.

The Dropa Disks are said to be only 12" in diameter. However, one black and white photograph claimed by Hausdorf and others to display a Dropa Disk clearly shows the disk resting on a seat, and it is clearly several feet in diameter and has no markings whatsoever.

Russian scientists asked to see the disks and several were sent to Moscow for examination. They were scraped free of rock particles which had stuck to them and then put through chemical analysis. To the surprise of the scientists, the disks contained large amounts of cobalt and other metallic substances. What is more, when placed on a special turntable, according to Dr. Vyatcheslav Saizev, who described the experiments in the Soviet magazine Sputnik, they vibrate or hum in an unusual rhythm as though an electric charge is passing through them.

Or as one scientist suggested:

As if they formed some part of an electrical circuit. At some time, they have clearly been exposed to extraordinarily high voltages. They seem like ancient hard disks, spinning like the hard disks we have now days. Perhaps if we could read these ancient hard disks, we would find more answers.

In 1974, Ernst Wegerer, an Austrian engineer, photographed two disks that met the descriptions of the Dropa Stones. He was on a guided tour of Banpo-Museum in Xian, when he saw the stone disks on display. He claims he saw a hole in the center of each disk and hieroglyphs in partly crumbled spiral like grooves.

Wegerer asked the managers of Banpo-Museum for more information on the pieces in the showcase. The manager knew nothing of the stones’ history, though she was able to tell a complete story about all the other artifacts made from clay. She only knew that the stone disks were unimportant cult objects.

Wegerer was allowed to take one of the disks in his hand. He estimated their weight at 2 pounds, and the diameter at 12". The hieroglyphs can’t be seen in his photos, because they have crumbled away partly, and his camera’s flash washed out the fine detail, such as the spiral grooves.

A few days after his visit, the manager was called away from her job without telling her why. She and the two stone disks vanished, according to Professor Wang Zhijun, the Director of the Banpo-Museum in March of 1994.

In the years since the discovery of the first disk, archeologists and anthropologists have learned more about the isolated Bayan-Kara-Ula area. Much of the information has been interpreted as corroborating the story recorded on the disks.

Legends supposedly still preserved in the area speak of small, gaunt, yellow faced men who came from the clouds, long, long ago. The men had huge, bulging heads and puny bodies and were so ugly and repellent that they were shunned by everyone. Men with the quick horses hunted down the ugly dwarfs.

Strangely, the description of the invaders is said to match that of the skeletons originally discovered in the caves by Professor Chi Pu Tei.

Critics have largely rejected the above claims, arguing they are a combination of hoax and urban legend.

For example, writer David Richie notes that the Dropa tales intrigued Gordon Chreighton, a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Society and Royal Geographical Society. Upon investigation, Chreighton judged the sensationalistic Dropa/Extraterrestrial allegations to be groundless, and detailed his findings in an article for Flying Saucer Review.

No traceable, credible evidence for this theory exists, or can be proven to have existed in the past. Proponents of the Dropa stones story claim that this is the result of social disruption caused by the Chinese Cultural Revolution and of a conspiratorial coverup by Chinese authorities.

However this story goes well beyond China. Its opponents claim it is long proven to be a forgery by Erich von Daniken.

Below is a detailed rebuttal of most sensationalistic Extraterrestrial/Dropa claims:

Early Sources.

The earliest mention of the story is in Erich von Damien¹s infamous 1968 book, Chariots of the Gods. The book has been widely criticized as unreliable, in fact, the vast majority of names and sources appearing in the book cannot be corroborated, and no existence of the following Soviet or Chinese scholars can be found anywhere outside this story: Cho Pu Tei, Tsum Um Nui, Ernst Wagener, Vyatcheslav Saizev, and Sergei Lolladoff. Most tellingly.

Däniken gives his main source for the story as a Soviet science fiction writer Alexander Kazantsev, however Kazantsev himself disagrees with Däniken’s account and says that it was Däniken who told him the story, not the other way around.

Later Sources:

The 1978 book Sungods in Exile edited by David Agamon, appeared to lend support to the story of the Dropa, but Agamon admitted in the magazine Fortean Times in 1988 that the book was fiction and that its alleged author, a British researcher named Dr. Karyl Robin-Evans, was imaginary. Some websites claim to show a photo of Dr Robin-Evans with the Dalai Lama. A frail, old man assisted by the current Dalai Lama, the photograph is quite recent and can not be Dr Robin-Evans, he died in 1978, according to Hartwig Hausdorf.

There is absolutely no precedent for an unknown language being successfully deciphered. All lost ancient languages have been rediscovered only because they survived in forms familiar to scientists. Even in such cases, deciphering and understanding these older language forms and their scripts has usually taken decades for multiple teams of highly competent linguists, and their findings are constantly being debated and updated. Many ancient scripts, notably Linear A from the island of Crete and Rongorongo from Easter Island, have defied deciphering precisely because they cannot be linked to any known language. Given these facts, there would be even greater difficulties in translating a truly extraterrestrial language. It is therefore highly unlikely that a single Chinese scholar with no reported background in linguistics could single-handedly decipher an alien script or language in his spare time.

All that exists of the supposed alien disks are several wide angle photographs. The disks photographed, firstly, do not match the described 12" disks, the disks photographed are very large. Secondly, the photos show none of the supposed deep grooves. Finally, absolutely no photos, descriptions, analyses or any other evidence of the actual alien script appear anywhere at all.

The disks were supposed to be stored in several museums in China. None of these museums have any traces of these disks, nor can any be found of the ones supposedly sent to USSR for analysis.

While reported to be a tribe of feeble dwarfs, in actuality the Dropas are nomadic herders who inhabit most of the northern Tibetan Plateau. The Ham are also inhabitants of Tibet, and traditionally have supplied Tibet’s warriors, many of the 13th Dalai Lama’s bodyguards during his escape from the Chinese invasion were Ham Tibetans. The word Dropa, according to Chrieghton, describes the nomadic residents of Tibetan highlands, and can be roughly translated as solitude or isolated. Furthermore, Chreighton described the Dropa as not resembling troglodytes, or as stunted; on the contrary, they tend to be rather large and sturdy, befitting their occupation as herders.

There are no mentions of Tsum Um Nui anywhere, as he is supposed to have fled China and died in Japan in the 1960s this cannot be negated by Cultural Revolution, Communist coverup theory. Also, there is no mention of the 1938 archaeological expedition to the Banyan Kara Ulla range. No Peking Academy of Prehistory ever existed.

The Dropa Stones were first discovered in 1938, when a archaeological expedition led by Chi Pu Tei, stumbled across a cave high in the mountains that border China and Tibet. It was obvious to the archaeologists that the cave had been occupied by primitive people from long ago.

On the walls of the caves were carved pictograms of the heavens and earth, sun, moon, stars, each connected with lines. Then came the most incredible discovery, half buried beneath the floor of the cave was an odd stone disk, which was approximately 9" in diameter and 3/4" thick. In the center was a perfect 3/4" hole, with a fine grove spiraling out from the center, resembling that of an old phonograph record.

A total of 716 plates were found, and each held a secret. The groove on further inspection was a continuous line of strange carved hieroglyphic writing. Dr. Tsum Um Nui, in 1962, had the enormously difficult task of transcribing the character from the disks to paper.

He estimated that they were at least 12,000 years old, with writing so small he had to use a magnifying glass to see it clearly, much of the writing had worn away, but he was so puzzled at how these primitive people could of fashioned these stones , and how they managed the almost microscopic writing.

Eventually he made progress and a word emerged, then another, and another until an entire sentence, he had broken the code! Dr. Tsum Um Nui, discovered that the stones were written by a people who called themselves, the Dropa, but what he was reading 12,000 years later did not make sense to him.

However, when he had finished his translation, he wrote up a paper on his findings and presented it to the University for publication, however the reaction that he encountered was not what he expected. The Academy of Prehistory expressly forbade him to publish or even speak about his findings. The world, the Academy decided, would not know about the Dropa and their fateful journey to Earth.

The 716 disk plates, tells the story of the, Dropa being a space probe from a distant planet that crash-landed in the Baian-Kara-Ula Mountains of the Himalayas. The occupants of the spacecraft, the Dropa, found refuge in a caves of the mountains, and further tell how they were unable to repair their disabled spacecraft, leaving them unable to return to their home planet, becoming stranded on earth.

Why did the Academy of Prehistory forbid Dr. Tsum Um Nui, from publishing his paper on the transcriptions from the 716, ancient plates? The answer is out there!

High in the mountains of Bayan Kara-Ula, on the borders of China and Tibet a team of archeologists were conducting a very detailed routine survey of a series of interlinked caves. Their interests had been excited by the discovery of lines of neatly arranged graves which contained the skeletons of what must have been a strange race of human beings, strange because they had unnaturally spindly bodies and large, overdeveloped heads.

At first, it had been thought that the caves had been the home of a hitherto unknown species of ape. But as the leader of the team, the Chinese archeologist, Professor Chi Pu Tei, pointed out: Who ever heard of apes burying each other?

It was while studying the skeletons that one of the team stumbled on a large, round stone disk, half buried in the dust on the floor of the cave. The team gathered round the discovery, turning it this way and that. It looked, absurdly, like a kind of Stone Age Gramophone record. There was a hole in the center and a fine, spiral groove radiated to the rim. Closer inspection, however, showed that the groove was, in fact, a continuous spiralling line of closely written characters. The object was a record, in more ways then one. Only nobody at the time possessed the key to its incredible message. The disk was labeled and filed away among other finds in the area. Even those who knew of its existence knew nothing of its meaning.

Many experts tried to translate the hieroglyphs in the 20 years the disk languished in Peking. They all failed. It was not until another professor,Dr. Tsum Um Nui,broke the code and started to decipher the speaking grooves that the extraordinary implications of the disk were realized.

Realized, that is, only by only a select few. The outside world remained in ignorance. For the professor’s conclusions on the meaning of the disk were so shattering that they were officially suppressed. The Peking Academy of Prehistory forbade him to publish his findings. Two years later, in 1965, the professor and four of his colleagues were finally given permission to reveal their theory. It appeared under the long winded but intriguing title: The Grooved Script concerning Spaceships which, as recorded on the Disks, landed on Earth 12,000 years ago.

The records, 716 of the grooved discs were later uncovered in the same caves, told an astonishing story of a space probe by the inhabitants of another planet which came to grief in the Bayan-Kara-Ula mountain range. The strange, spiral script told how the peaceful intentions of the aliens had been misunderstood and how many of them were hunted down and killed by members of the Ham tribe, who lived in the neighboring caves.

According to Tsum Um Nui, one of the lines of the hieroglyphs read:

The Dropas came down from the clouds in their aircraft. Our men, women and children hid in the caves ten times before sunrise. When at last they understood the sign language of the Dropas, they realized that the newcomers had peaceful intentions.

Another section expressed regret by the Ham tribe that the aliens spaceship had crash landed in such a remote and inaccessible mountains and that there had been no way to building a new one to enable Dropas to return to their own planet. In the years since the discovery of the first disk, archeologists and anthropologists had learned more about the isolated Bayan-Kara-Ula area. And much of the information seemed to corroborate the bizarre story recorded on the disks.

Legend still preserved in the area spoke of small, gaunt, yellow faced men who came from the clouds, long, long ago. The men had huge, bulging heads and puny bodies and were so ugly and repellent that they were hounded down by local tribesmen on horseback.

Strangely, the description of the invaders tallied with the skeletons originally discovered in the caves by Professor Chi Pu Tei. On the walls of the caves themselves archeologists had uncovered crude pictures of the rising Sun, the Moon, unidentifiable stars and the Earth, all joined together by lines of pea sized dots. Along with the disks, the cave drawings had been dated around 12,000 years old.

The cave area was still inhabited by two semi-troglodyte tribes known as the Hams and the Dropas themselves extremely odd in appearance. The frail and stunted tribesmen averaged only about 5' in height and were neither typically Chinese nor Tibetan. Their racial background, said one expert, is a mystery.

But even with the publications of Professor Tsum Um Nui’s amazing translation, the story of the space disks was not over. Russian scientists asked to see the disks and several were sent to Moscow for examination. They were scraped free of rock particles which had stuck to them and then put through chemical analysis. To the surprise of the scientists, they we found to contain large amounts of cobalt and other metallic substances. That was not all. When placed on a special turntable, according to Dr. Vyatcheslav Saizev, who described the experiments in the Soviet magazine Sputnik, they vibrated or hummed in an unusual rhythm as though an electric charge was passing through them. Or as one scientist suggested:

As if they formed some part of an electrical circuit. At some time, they had clearly been exposed to extraordinarily high voltages.

It is fascinating to examine the world’s many religions and mythologies. The differences show the diversity of humankind but the similarities say even more. Some believe that all of these ancient stories contain bits and pieces of a whole that no one has been able to understand fully, The common themes in many of the religious scriptures and legends indicate that it is very possible all accounts are telling their particular version of the same beginnings.

We have learned much about ancient civilizations due to the work of dedicated archaeologists and historians who have tirelessly worked to put together the pieces of the puzzle for how we got here. There are still many unanswered questions, including the true meaning behind artifacts, woodcuts, cave drawings and legends that seem to indicate ancient humans had a connection with extraterrestrials.

Much of what is known about ancient history comes from scattered bits of information, which of course gives birth to many theories. None of it gives conclusive proof, and certainly many of the drawings and remains could have another explanation. However, when one considers the oral and written accounts that seem to allude to beings that were not of this world being part of its creation coupled with some interesting data left behind, it is not so far fetched to believe that ancient people at least thought of life beyond this planet.

Excavation of which the Chinese government has kept secret from the West. He has unearthed new facts about the mysterious stone disks of Bayan Kara Ula, which some believe tell the story of a forced alien landing 12,000 years ago. And he has discerned, in the prodigious mind over matter techniques of the Tibetans, the Chinese and the Japanese, the faintest whispers, still audible over the vast gulf of time, of an awesome encounter which may have taken place on the sacred peak of Mount Meru at the very beginning of man’s time on earth.’

The legends of Ancient China are no exception to the extraterrestrial theories. Some even believe that the emperors of the earliest dynasties were actually from another place in the universe. Looking at some of the wording for the legends, and keeping in mind the many translations over the centuries, there are some interesting bits to consider, and possibly more pieces to the puzzle linking the other planets in the universe to Earth.

China has a history reaching back thousands of years, rich in legends and verse of the different dynasties that have ruled its vast region. The Yellow Emperor Huang-Di, said to have lived between 2700-2600 BC, is alternately called China’s first emperor or a mythical god.

As with many of the legends of ancient times, there were fantastic accounts of these great leaders leading many scholars to believe they were simply fairy tales. However, other researchers examine the legends a little closer, hoping to find the evidence of extraterrestrials. Huang Di for instance, was said to have come from a giant thunderclap after a huge light came from the heavens described as radiating from the stars.

How do these legends connect to aliens? Some believe that the answer to that lies in the symbolism relayed in the legends, such as the significance of the dragon. Dragons often appear in Chinese literature and ritual, seeming to be deities in and of themselves. However, in many of the legends, the gods or rulers arrived on sky chariots with dragons at the helm. This indicates the possibility that the dragons were merely the vehicles for larger than life beings to come to Earth.

The legend of Pangu describes the creation of the world itself as forming from chaos. From this chaos, the egg of yin and yang was created, bringing forth Pangu, who would go on to create the heavens and the earth. Pangu was described as a great being, half human and half dragon. Upon his death, his body became the final touches on the earth. In the description of this particular legend, there are many similarities to what we now call the big bang theory.

Did this story actually teach the true creation of the universe? And were these ancient gods of China; who were taken to the skies in chariots guided by dragons when there jobs were completed, trying to leave behind their legacy that modern man has been so quick to deem myth?

Unfortunately, in a true scientists quest for the truth, they must get past the stigma of the hoaxes. One notable case is that of the Dropa stones which first appeared in the late 1970s in an allegedly factual book: Sun Gods in Exile: Secrets of the Dzopa of Tibe, by an author going by the name of David Agamon. The book, supposedly taken from documents, tells of an archaeological dig in the area of the China/Tibetan border, in either 1938 or 1947, depending on which version.

According to Agamon, a very interesting discovery was unearthed. Earlier in the expedition, a mass grave had been discovered, and those present observed that the skeletons were unusually thin with enlarged skulls. As they were unearthing the graves, another artifact was found that gave even more question as to the origin of the skeletons. A circular disk, with a finely inscribed message along the rim was discovered, creating even more questions as to who lay within this burial ground. With no way to translate the message, it could not be determined what it was or how it got there.

For 20 years, translators attempted to understand what this message in miniscule hieroglyphs was saying, to no avail. The one man who believed he had cracked the code of the message, Dr. Tsum-um-nui, was forbidden for many years to speak of what he discovered. Why was this?

The book indicated it was because what he translated challenged every modern thought of scientific truth. It relayed the story of a group of extraterrestrials who crashed in the region 12,000 years ago, a people whose small bodies were disproportionate to their skulls.

With the author himself admitting the hoax in Fortean Times magazine in 1995 issue 75, page 57, there is little room to doubt that this is a fabrication. However, there are accounts of the Ham and Dropa pygmy tribes from that area, and the legends going back thousands of years do speak of visitors from the stars. However, with the elaborate hoax that to this day has fooled many, whatever real story may be from this region has been buried even deeper.

The ancient Chinese legends certainly indicate, as many myths of civilizations past do, that there was a concept of outer space and life on other planets. There was the belief among many that extraterrestrials played a part in the creation of Earth. But with all that we have been able to piece together of the past, there is still so much that at least gives one pause to think – are we alone in the universe? If ancient societies were telling stories of the beginning, were they simply giving imagination to something they themselves did not understand, or did they actually see it happen?

China was once referred to as the Celestial Empire. Was that simply a fanciful name, a mistranslation, or was it an indication of how the world began? Theories abound, but truthfully, we are a long way from discovering where our true origins come from. One thing is for certain, all one has to do is look at the mythologies of not only China, but all of Asia to see that there was at least the thought of other life in the universe. The questions continue, but for those who seek the truth – the answers are out there.

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