Thursday, July 12, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (October 13, 1948 August 16, 1997), was a Punjabi musician from Pakistan, primarily a singer of Qawwali, the devotional music of the Sufis (a mystical tradition within Islam). He featured in Time magazine's 2006 list of 'Asian Heroes'.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was born on October 13, 1948 in the city of Faisalabad, Pakistan. He was the fifth child and first son of Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, a musicologist, vocalist, instrumentalist, and Qawwal. Khan's family, which included his four older sisters and his younger brother, Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan grew up in central Lyallpur. In 1979, Khan married his first cousin, Naheed (the daughter of Fateh Ali Khan's brother, Salamat Ali Khan); they had one daughter, Nida.
Khan began by learning to play tabla alongside his father before progressing to learn Raag Vidya and Bolbandish. He then went on to learn to sing within the classical framework of khayal. Khan's training with his father was cut short when his father died in 1964, leaving Khan's paternal uncles, Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan and Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, to complete his training.
Khan teamed with Peter Gabriel on the soundtrack to The Last Temptation of Christ in 1985, with Canadian musician Michael Brook (on the albums Mustt Mustt (1990) and Night Song (1996)),[unreliable source?] and with Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder in 1995 on two songs for the soundtrack to Dead Man Walking. He also contributed to the soundtrack of Natural Born Killers.
Peter Gabriel's Real World label later released five albums of Nusrat's traditional Qawwali, together with some of his experimental work which included the albums Mustt Mustt and Star Rise. Nusrat provided vocals for The Prayer Cycle, which was put together by Jonathan Elias, but died before the vocals could be completed. Alanis Morissette was brought in to sing with his unfinished vocals. He also performed traditional Qawwali before international audiences at several WOMAD world music festivals and the single Dam Mast Qalandar was remixed by electronic trip hop group Massive Attack in 1998.
His album Intoxicated Spirit was nominated for a Grammy award in 1997 for best traditional folk album.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan holds the world record for the largest recorded output by a Qawwali artist—a total of 125 albums as of 2001.
Khan was taken ill with kidney and liver failure on August 11, 1997 in London, England while on the way to Los Angeles in order to receive a kidney transplant. He died of a sudden cardiac arrest at Cromwell Hospital, London, on Saturday, August 16, 1997, aged 48.
After his death, the song "Solemn Prayer", on which Nusrat provided vocals, was used by Peter Gabriel on his album Up and in the soundtrack to the film Blood Diamond - Music of Pakistan
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Intuiţiile profetice ale hinduismului se referă la modul în care se va încheia actualul ciclu al civilizaţiei terestre. Iată o listă, selectivă, a simptomelor pe care le anunţă textul puranic, privind spre viitorul care e, acum, prezentul nostru:
Se va înmulţi numărul şefilor de stat de extracţie joasă şi de proastă calitate.Lucrătorii manuali şi negustorimea vor fi înălţaţi la rang deintelectuali, iar intelectualii vor fi puşi în condiţii subalterne.
Va avea loc, cu alte cuvinte, un destructurant amestec al „castelor“, o destrămare dramatică a ierarhiilor fireşti, o ireparabilă dezordine socială. Necinstea va căpăta o răspîndire fără precedent, la toate nivelele. Hoţii vor deveni lideri.
(Rog să nu mi se atribuie nimic din toate aceste afirmaţii! Nu fac decît să citez un text multi-milenar! n.m., A.P.). Femeile nu vor mai pune preţ pe propria virtute. Proştii,impostorii, naturile rudimentare şi gălăgioase vor fi luaţi dreptînţelepţi.
Oamenii „drepţi“, de bună calitate, vor avea tendinţa de a se retrage din viaţa publică. În pieţe se va vinde mîncare gata-preparată (să recunoaştem că e de necrezut să auzim vorbindu-se, acum 2000 de ani, de „semipreparate“ şi de fast-food! n.m., A.P.).
Limbile vor sărăci, vorbirea se va trivializa. Vor fi mai multe femei decît bărbaţi, vor prolifera asociaţiile criminale, va creşte numărul celor care nu găsesc de lucru. Se vor răspîndi, pretutindeni,bolile de stomac.
Se va extinde moda părului purtat în dezordine şi se va generaliza starea de letargie, de lehamite, cu corolarul unei cronice incapacităţi de acţiune. Vor apărea nenumărate organizaţii religioase necanonice, blasfemia va convieţui cu fanatismul.
Se va practica, pe scară largă, uciderea fătului în pîntecul matern şi se vor asasina direct sau simbolic eroii fiecărei comunităţi. Deţinătorii puterii nu o vor mai folosi în beneficiul popoarelor lor.
Între părinţi şi copii vor apărea obstacole greu de trecut, forţa va prevala asupra dreptăţii, ospeţia va declina, vulgaritatea va împînzi totul."
Nu vreau, pur şi simplu, să-l indispun. Dar, pornind de la inventarul de mai sus, un igienic atac de spaimă, o mică ipohondrie nu i-ar strica. Ar fi, poate, un început de terapeutică...
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Sunday, July 8, 2012
Here’s a True “Story Behind the Story” – an incredible article that was printed back in 1909 in the Arizona Gazette newspaper. Imagine – a great series of ancient caverns and chambers deep in the Grand Canyon. Indeed – this is another example of Forbidden Archeology and COVERUP!! ARIZONA GAZETTE, MONDAY EVENING, APRIL 5, 1909
Mysteries of Immense Rich Cavern Being Brought to Light
JORDAN IS ENTHUSED
Remarkable Finds Indicate Ancient People Migrated From Orient
The latest news of the progress of the explorations of what is now regarded by scientists as not only the oldest archaeological discovery in the United States, but one of the most valuable in the world, which was mentioned some time ago in the Gazette, was brought to the city yesterday by G.E. Kinkaid, the explorer who found the great underground citadel of the Grand Canyon during a trip from Green River, Wyoming, down the Colorado in a wooden boat, to Yuma, several months ago.
If their theories are borne out of the translation of the tablets engraved with hieroglyphics, the mystery of the prehistoric peoples of North America, their ancient arts, who they were and whence they came, will be solved. Egypt and the Nile and Arizona and the Colorado will be linked by a historical chain running back to ages which staggers the wildest fancy of the fictionist.
A Thorough Investigation
Under the direction of professor S.A. Jordan, the Smithsonian Institute is now prosecuting the most thorough explorations, which will be continued until the last link in the chain has been forged.
Nearly a mile underground, about 1480 feet below the surface, the long main passage has been delved into, to find another mammoth chamber from which radiates scores of passageways, like the spokes of a wheel. Several hundred rooms have been discovered, reached by passageways running from the main passage, one of them having been explored for 854 feet and another 634 feet.
So interested have the scientists become that preparations are being made to equip the camp for extensive studies and the force will be increased to thirty or forty persons.
Before going further into the cavern, better facilities for lighting have to be installed, for the darkness is dense and impenetrable for the average flash light. In order to avoid being lost, wires are being strung from the entrance to all passageways leading directly to large chambers.
How far this cavern extends no one can guess, but it is now the belief of many that what has already been explored is merely the “Barracks”, to use an American term, for the soldiers, and that far into the underworld will be found the main communal dwellings of the families and possibly other shrines. The perfect ventilation of the cavern, the steady drought that blows through, indicates that it has another outlet to the surface.
Mr. Kinkaids Report
Mr. Kinkaid was the first white child born in Idaho and has been an explorer and hunter all his life. Thirty years having been in the service of the Smithsonian Institute. Even briefly recounted, his history sounds fabulous, almost grotesque.
“First, I would impress that the cavern is almost inaccessible. The entrance is almost 1486 feet down a shear canyon wall. It is located on government land and no visitor will be allowed there under penalty of trespass.
The scientists wish to work unmolested, without fear of the archaeological discoveries being disturbed by curio or relic hunters. A trip there would be fruitless and the visitor would be sent on his way.
There was no trail to this point, but I finally reached it with great difficulty. Above a shelf, which hid it from view of the river, was the mouth of the cave. There are steps leading from this entrance some thirty yards from what was at the time the cavern was inhabited, the level of the river.
When I saw the chisel marks on the wall inside the entrance, I became interested, secured my gun and went in. During that trip I went back several hundred feet along the main passage, till I came to the main crypt in which I discovered the mummies.
One of these I stood up and photographed by flashlight. I gathered a number of relics, which I carried down the Colorado to Yuma, from whence I shipped them to Washington with details of the discovery. Following this, the explorations were undertaken”.
“The main passageway is about 12 feet wide, narrowing to 9 feet toward the farther end. About 57 feet from the entrance, the first passages branch off to the right and left, along which, on both sides, are a number of rooms about the size of ordinary living rooms of today, though some are 30 to 40 feet square.
The ceilings of many of the rooms converge to a center. The side passages near the entrance run at a sharp angle from the main hall, but toward the rear they gradually reach a right angle in direction”.
“Over a hundred feet from the entrance is a cross-hall, several hundred feet long, in which was found the idol, or image, of the peoples god, sitting cross-legged, with a Lotus flower or Lily in each hand. The cast of the face is Oriental, and the carving shows a skillful hand, and the entire is remarkably well preserved, as is everything in this cavern.
The idol most resembles Buddha, though the scientists are not certain as to what religious worship it represents. Taking into consideration everything found thus far, it is possible that the worship most resembles the ancient people of Thibet.
Surrounding this idol are smaller images, some beautiful in form, other crooked necked and distorted shapes, symbolical, probably, of good and evil. There are two large cacti with protruding arms, one on each side of the dais on which the god squats. All this is carved out of hard rock resembling marble.
There is also slag and stuff similar to matte, showing that these ancient peoples smelted ores, but so far, no trace of where of how this was done has been discovered, nor the origin of the ore. Among other finds are vases or urns and cups of copper and gold made very artistic in design. The pottery work includes enameled ware and glazed vessels.
Two copper hooks extend on the edge,(continued on page 7) which indicates that some sort of ladder was attached. These granaries are rounded and the materials of which they are constructed, I think, is a very hard cement. A grey metal is also found in this cavern which puzzles the scientists, for it’s identity has not been established. It resembles platinum.
Strewn promiscuously over the floor everywhere are what people call “Cats eyes” or “Tiger eyes”, a yellow stone of no great value. Each one is engraved with a head of a Malay type.”
“On all the urns, on the walls over the doorways and tablets of stone which were found by the image are mysterious hieroglyphics, the key to which the Smithsonian Institution hopes yet to discover. These writings resemble those found on the rocks about this valley.
The engraving on the tablets probably has something to do with the religion of the people, Similar hieroglyphics have been found in the peninsula of Yucatan, but these are not found in the Orient. Some believe that these cave dwellers built the old canals in the Salt River valley. Among the pictorial writings only two animals are found. One is of prehistoric type”.
“The tomb or crypt in which the mummies are found is one of the largest of the chambers, the walls slanting back at an angle of about 35 degrees. One these are tiers of mummies, each one occupying a separate hewn shelf. At the head of each is a small bench on which is found copper cups and pieces of broken swords.
Some of the mummies are covered with clay and all are wrapped in a bark fabric. The urns or cups on the lower tiers are crude, while as the higher shelves are reached, the urns are finer in design showing a interstage of civilization.
It is worthy of note that all the mummies examined so far have proved to be male, no children or females being buried here. This leads to the belief that this interior section was the warriors barracks,
What these people lived on is a problem, though it is presumed that they came south for the winter and farmed in the valleys, going back north in the summer. Upwards of 50,000 people could have lived in the cavern comfortably.
One theory is that the present indian tribe found in Arizona are descendants of the serfs or slaves of the people which inhabited the cave. Undoubtedly a good many thousands of years before the Christian era a people lived here which reached a high state of civilization.
The chronology of human history is full of gaps. Prof. Jordan is much enthused over the discoveries and believes that the find will prove of incalculable value in archaeological work.
Our lights would not penetrate the gloom and until stronger ones are available, we will not know what the chamber contains. Some say snakes, but others boo-hoo this idea and think that it may contain a deadly gas or chemicals used by the ancients. No sounds are heard, but it smells snaky just the same.
In connection with this story, it is notable that among the Hopis the tradition is told that their ancestors once lived in an underworld in the Grand Canyon! till dissension arose between the good and the bad, the people of one heart, the people of two hearts (Manchoto) who was their chief, counselled them to leave the underworld, but there was no way out.
The chief then caused a tree to grow up and pierce the roof of the underworld and then the people of one heart climbed out. They tarried by Palsiaval (Red River), which is the Colorado, and grew grain and corn. They sent out a message to the temple of the sun, asking the blessing of peace, good will and rain for the people of one heart.
That messenger never returned but, today at the Hopi village, at sundown can be seen the old men of the tribe out on the housetops gazing towards the sun, looking for the messenger. When he returns, their land and ancient dwelling place will be restored to them. That is the tradition.
One is that they came from Asia: another is that the racial cradle was in the upper Nile region. Heeren, an Egyptologist, believed in the Indian origin of the Egyptians. The discoveries in the Grand Canyon may throw further light on human evolution and prehistoric ages.”
G.E. Kincaid of Lewiston, Idaho, arrived in Yuma after a trip from Green River, Wyoming, down the entire course of the Colorado river. He is the second man to make this journey and came alone in a small skiff, stopping at his pleasure to investigate the surrounding country.
He left Green River in October, having a small covered boat with oars, and carrying a fine camera, with which he secured over seven hundred views of the river and canyons which are unsurpassed. Mr. Kincaid says that one of the most interesting features of the trip was passing through the sluiceways at Laguna dam.
He made this perilous passage with only the loss of an oar. Some interesting archaeological discoveries were unearthed and altogether the trip was of such interest that he will repeat it next winter, in the company of friends.”
Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum
Nevada’s mysterious cave of the red-haired giants
by Terrence Aym
Many Native American tribes from the Northeast and Southwest still relate the legends of the red-haired giants and how their ancestors fought terrible, protracted wars against the giants when they first encountered them in North America almost 15,000 years ago.
Others, like the Aztecs and Mayans recorded their encounters with a race of giants to the north when they ventured out on exploratory expeditions.
Who were these red-haired giants that history books have ignored? Their burial sites and remains have been discovered on almost every continent.
In the United States they have been unearthed in Virginia and New York state, Michigan, Illinois and Tennessee, Arizona and Nevada. Early Spanish explorers reported encountering red-haired giants in the mountains of Utah and Arizona as well.
And it’s the state of Nevada that the story of the native Paiute’s wars against the giant red-haired men transformed from a local myth to a scientific reality during 1924 when the Lovelock Caves were excavated.
At one time the Lovelock Cave was known as Horseshoe cave because of its U-shaped interior. The cavern—located about 20 miles south of modern day Lovelock, Nevada, is approximately 40-feet deep and 60-feet wide.
It’s a very old cave that pre-dates humans on this continent. In prehistoric times it lay underneath a giant inland lake called Lahontan that covered much of western Nevada. Geologists have determined the cavern was formed by the lake’s currents and wave action.
The Paiutes, a Native-American tribe indigenous to parts of Nevada, Utah and Arizona, told early white settlers about their ancestors’ battles with a ferocious race of white, red-haired giants. According to the Paiutes, the giants were already living in the area.
The Paiutes named the giants “Si-Te-Cah” that literally means “tule-eaters.” The tule is a fibrous water plant the giants wove into rafts to escape the Paiutes continuous attacks. They used the rafts to navigate across what remained of Lake Lahontan.
According to the Paiutes, the red-haired giants stood as tall as 12-feet and were a vicious, unapproachable people that killed and ate captured Paiutes as food.
The Paiutes told the early settlers that after many years of warfare, all the tribes in the area finally joined together to rid themselves of the giants.
One day as they chased down the few remaining red-haired enemy, the fleeing giants took refuge in a cave. The tribal warriors demanded their enemy come out and fight, but the giants steadfastly refused to leave their sanctuary.
Frustrated at not defeating their enemy with honor, the tribal chiefs had warriors fill the entrance to the cavern with brush and then set it on fire in a bid to force the giants out of the cave.
The few that did emerge were instantly slain with volleys of arrows. The giants that remained inside the cavern were asphyxiated.
Later, an earthquake rocked the region and the cave entrance collapsed leaving only enough room for bats to enter it and make it their home.
Thousands of years later the cave was rediscovered and found to be loaded with bat guano almost 6-feet deep. Decaying bat guano becomes saltpeter, the chief ingredient of gunpowder, and was very valuable.
Therefore, in 1911 a company was created specifically to mine the guano. As the mining operation progressed, skeletons and fossils were found.
The guano was mined for almost 13 years before archaeologists were notified about the findings. Unfortunately, by then many of the artifacts had been accidentally destroyed or simply discarded.
Nevertheless, what the scientific researchers did recover was staggering: over 10,000 artifacts were unearthed including the mummified remains of two red-haired giants—one, a female 6.5-feet tall, the other male, over 8-feet tall.
Many of the artifacts (but not the giants) can be viewed at the small natural history museum located in Winnemucca, Nevada.
Confirmation of the myth
As the excavation of the cave progressed, the archaeologists came to the inescapable conclusion that the Paiutes myth was no myth; it was true.
What led them to this realization was the discovery of many broken arrows that had been shot into the cave and a dark layer of burned material under sections of the overlaying guano.
Among the thousands of artifacts recovered from this site of an unknown people is what some scientists are convinced is a calendar: a donut-shaped stone with exactly 365 notches carved along its outside rim and 52 corresponding notches along the inside.
But that was not to be the final chapter of red-haired giants in Nevada.
In February and June of 1931, two very large skeletons were found in the Humboldt dry lake bed near Lovelock, Nevada.
One of the skeletons measured 8.5-feet tall and was later described as having been wrapped in a gum-covered fabric similar to Egyptian mummies. The other was nearly 10-feet long.
[Nevada Review-Miner newspaper, June 19, 1931.]
INCREDIBLE NEW FIND:
This is the same group of “scientists” at the Smithsonian who completely covered up the Johnson Canyon mummies found in BORED HOLES in solid sandstone cliffs near Kanab, Utah in the early 70′s!!!
Back in 1984, a building contractor working near Windover Pond in the area of Titusville, Florida came upon NEARLY TWO HUNDRED well-preserved ANCIENT skeletons and bodies! They had been buried at the bottom of a pond and the pond bottom had become peat, which as elsewhere in the world preserved their bodies in the most amazing manner.
178 bodies in the peat, dated at around 5000 BC, were WHITE-SKINNED CAUCASIANS, some with intact brains, clothed in very complex woven textiles! This sight is very near Cape Canaveral!
IMAGINE — they sat on the DNA testing of who these mummies actually were until just recently!
Look from the time from 6:20 to the end of this video!
Here is the expert shown on the video.
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Prof Joseph Lorenz
Department of Anthropology
Central Washington University (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Washington_University)
(509) 963-3448 (office)
(Maybe soon he will be selling bags of oranges at the interstate off-ramp, fired for telling the truth that these skeletons are of EUROPEANS FROM 5000 BC )
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As Hungarian-American George Kadar, a contributing editor (especially on “ancient white Americans”) to The Barnes Review magazine wrote me (slightly edited):
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Needless to say, the Establishment boys are freaking out and after realizing that further excavation cannot be avoided they are sending in their best-paid prominent character, Glen H. Doran, to do the damage control for them.
Doran was the one who was (mis)managing the extremely important recoveries at Windover, Florida.
A whopping 168 fully preserved skeletons under water, soft tissue of the brains still in the skulls in most cases, aged 7,000 to 8,000 years!
Doran simply refused to do the DNA tests or to take a stand on the racial characteristics of the Windover group!!!
Furthermore, check out this incredible website: www.first-americans.blogspot.com Especially take note of the “Spirit Cave” discoveries made near Fallon, Nevada.
I grew up in Hawthorne, Nevada — and was intimately aware of the “Spirit Cave” discoveries. To the local Mormons in the Fallon Stake in the 60′s and 70′s, this was PROOF of the Book of Mormon — a mummy of an ancient Nephite with fine linen clothing.
As a young boy, I accompanied my father and others numerous times to the “Spirit Cave” site. Now, through DNA testing — we find it is NOT a “Nephite” from the Middle East – but is conclusively a European Caucasian.
In Central Utah, a gentleman named John Brewer discovered a hidden cave a few decades ago.
This cave contained two mummified bodies in an elaborate sarcophagus. Additionally, there was a stone table covered with engraving tools. Walls of the cave consisted of stone boxes filled with strange engraved metal plates.
Here are just a few pictures of Mr. Brewer’s controversial discoveries. (The official LDS (Mormon) Church believes these artifacts are fraudulent, and has ex-communicated members for becoming involved in such things. However, I personally believe that Mr. Brewer (now deceased) was completely honest and genuine in every way.)
To date, “Johnny Brewer’s Cave” of mystery remains undisturbed and silent, awaiting the spotlight of HONEST researchers and historians.
Drawing of the room, the stone table and male and female mummies
While living in Cedar City, Utah – I, A. True Ott, became intimately acquainted with Mr. Brandt Child of Kanab Utah. On numerous occasions, I accompanied him on “excavation attempts” on his property near Kanab, Utah. I can personally attest to the facts outlined in the following bizarre story printed in The Spectrum Newspaper, April 13, 2010.
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Russell W. Estlack
In the summer of 1914, Freddy Crystal, an excited young man on a bicycle, rode into a small town in Southern Utah. He was waving an old newspaper clipping of Mexican petroglyphs and a map he found in an old book.
It wasn’t long before a crowd gathered around him. He explained that an old medicine man down in Mexico interpreted the symbols for him and directed him to caves in Johnson Canyon.
“In those caves,” the old man said, “you will find Montezuma’s treasure.”
Freddy obtained a grubstake and headed for the canyon. He dug holes and sank exploratory shafts. After eight years of backbreaking work, he uncovered an old tunnel that was sealed with crude bricks and mortar.
When the news of the discovery reached Kanab, the residents of the town went wild.
For the next several weeks, the townspeople worked at clearing the entrance. They broke through and entered a big room that contained bones, a few artifacts and another tunnel.
At the end of the second tunnel they found a room with a sacrificial alter, a handful of pre-Columbian artifacts and a large human skeleton propped up in a sitting position against a wall.
They searched the caves for more than a year, but came up empty-handed.
Freddy left the area and headed to Mexico. Two years later, he returned to Kanab with more detailed maps and information. Treasure fever gripped the town again and a large base camp was established in Johnson Canyon.
After two years of frantic searching there was still no gold.
Freddy spent long hours poring over the maps and one morning he announced he’d made a mistake. They were looking in the wrong place. The treasure was hidden in Angel Canyon, not Johnson Canyon.
With their dreams shattered, the good people of Kanab packed their gear and trudged back to town.
Every now and then, someone would go back to Johnson Canyon to search for the treasure, but as far as most folks in Kane County were concerned, the issue of Montezuma’s gold was as dead as Montezuma himself.
Most of the townspeople gave up the quest for gold, but there were those who believed there might be some truth to Freddy’s story.
In the spring of 1989, Brandt Child, a long-time resident of Kanab, developed a theory that the skeleton, the altar, the artifacts and the petroglyphs in Johnson Canyon were designed to draw attention away from the real hiding place.
Six miles north of Kanab, in Three Lakes Canyon, Child discovered an Aztec treasure symbol carved in the cliffs above the lake. It was a circle with an arrow pointing down and indicating a water trap.
Despite the rumors that had circulated throughout Southern Utah for many years that the largest of the three lakes was haunted, Child purchased the property.
Tony Thurber, a long-time friend of Child, made an exploratory dive. He discovered a long, narrow opening into a tunnel. Thirty feet into the tunnel, he became disoriented in the heavy turbulence caused by strong currents. After many harrowing moments, he managed to find his way back to the surface.
Thurber agreed to make another dive, but this time he tied a rope around his leg. He became concerned when the line went limp and within minutes he surfaced again.
Child insisted the rope was taut the entire time Thurber was in the water. Thurber refused to dive again.
A team of professional divers made their first dive on June 22, 1989. Their sonar detectors indicated a tunnel 100 feet long, ending in an 80-foot chamber. The sonar also registered a heavy concentration of metal at the end of the tunnel.
Since it was late in the afternoon, an exploratory dive was scheduled for the next morning. That night, one of the divers, Russ, had a strange dream in which he swam alone into the tunnel. He was greeted by an Aztec warrior who hurled a spear at him as he surfaced.
Russ made the first dive of the day in the early morning light. He was 60 feet into the tunnel when he started screaming into his intercom, “Get me out! Get me out! There’s eerie figures all around me. I’m bein’ choked. I can’t breathe, get me out!”
Child and the other divers pulled Russ from the water. He was pale and shaking all over. It took him several hours to calm down.
The divers tried again two weeks later with identical results. Each time a diver went into the lake, they experienced the same choking sensation and saw the ghostly figures. When they came out of the water, they said they would never dive in that lake again.
Child decided to drain the lake but again was thwarted by outside forces. It turned out the lake is the last remaining habitat of the Kanab Golden Ambersnail.
Under the terms of the Endangered Species Act, it’s against the law to molest the mollusk or alter its habitat in any way. Killing one of the endangered snails carries a fine of up to $50,000. To insure compliance with the law, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service posted a warning sign and fenced off the lake.
In December 1991, a gaggle of geese were turned loose on the lake. Agents of the Federal Government accused the geese of eating the snails. They captured the suspects and forced them to cough up the evidence.
The perpetrators of the crime were never caught, and the geese were donated to a local animal sanctuary.
Residents of Kanab insist the lake is haunted, and they believe the Aztecs placed a curse on it. In 2001, Child was killed near Panguitch when the car he was riding in struck and killed a horse.
The horse seemed to appear out of nowhere and, to this day, no one can explain where the horse came from. His death may have been an accident, or perhaps it was the curse that killed him.
There have been many strange occurrences in Three Lakes Canyon. Witnesses have reported seeing ghostly figures wandering around the lake.
Robert Child, the nephew of Brandt Child, reported that about three years ago, a young man climbed to the top of the cliff overlooking the lake. He drilled a large hole down into the treasure chamber and as night approached he went back to his motel room to sleep.
That night the young man suffered a massive heart attack and died. Was it the excitement of finding Montezuma’s gold or was it the curse of the Aztec warriors that ended his life?
Six miles north of Kanab, on Highway 89, in a small lake, the restless spirits of Aztec warriors and 100,000 endangered snails wait for the next brave soul to learn its secrets.
Russell W. Estlack is the author of four books and numerous articles on the American West. He can be contacted at 275-8315 or firstname.lastname@example.org.