Primeval | The Baffling Sky Caves of Mustang

Primeval | The Baffling Sky Caves of Mustang

In northern Nepal, in the region known as Mustang, more than 10,000 artificially created caves cover the mountains.

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10,000 Artificial Caves With No Apparent Purpose

Their existence seems unbelievable to those who’ve examined them. In large part because of their bizarre locations, some of which cannot be safely reached even with modern climbing equipment. Though the unusual placement of the caves also doesn’t seem to fit a civilization that would be creating them as places for shelter.

In the remains of other known ancient civilizations that have tunneled into the earth to create a place for their people to reside, you find a very small amount of openings that lead in to an expansive hidden complex. This construction paradigm is ideal for groups looking to stay safe when threatened by foreign armies. The few openings, often just one, keep the location discreet as well as cutting down on the substantial labor necessary to create an artificial cave. Fewer openings are also far more practical for defense.

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Yet, what you see in Mustang is a dizzying amount of openings stretched over an enormous inhospitable area. The harsh surrounding region would make any extended stay in the caves next to impossible, and they also would be a very poor choice as locations to retreat to.

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So why were they built? Why were more than 10,000 caves created?

Who undertook this immense building operation still remains unknown today despite the efforts of various experts. Though what they have found is that the caves have been intermittently occupied by various groups of people for at least 3000 years. Many were turned into Buddhist sites, and Buddhist artwork and constructs are still the most prolific remains discovered in the caves today. Though based on the timeline of Buddhism in Nepal, it seems clear that they simply utilized the preexisting caves to further their worship practices.

The why behind these caves truly stands as their greatest mystery

Creating any one of these caves would have been an enormous undertaking. Whatever their purpose, developing a limited number of entrances would have made the work substantially more practical. As well, the effort would have been greatly reduced if they were focused in a single area. So why build sporadic clusters all around? In some cases, large groupings of the caves are even just a few hundred yards away from each other. Some of the caves connect and some don’t. Some exist by themselves in illogical locations. Most of the caverns have varying shapes and sizes. ¬†And such discrepancies between them casts serious doubt that an unknown culture created them as burial chambers; which is the best guess by many researchers.

It would seem that the purpose behind the caves must be somehow directly related to the impractical amount and positioning of the openings the builders created. And with no reasonable explanation currently existing for such a confusing building technique, one has to consider that creating these caves may have been far simpler for this ancient mystery culture than we currently believe.

As with many seemingly impossible ancient constructions, the sky caves of Mustang appear to be the result of a lost building technique. An entirely different method of manipulating earth that brings baffling constructions such as this into the practical and reasonable realm. For if our ancestors thousands of years ago lived and used the tools that we’ve been told that they did, the construction of such a site becomes absurd: it simply defies logic.

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Since the region the caves are in has only been open to the public for the last few decades, extensive research is scarce, and many of the caves have yet to be explored. Though further investigation into this site will hopefully soon illuminate its creators and their purpose in undertaking such an unbelievable effort.

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