Alien ancestors of the Himalayan hobbits
And the mystery of the Dropa stones
High up in the borderlands between Tibet and China lies the Bayan Kara Ula mountain range, where archaeologist Chi Pu Tei and his team from the Chinese Academy of Sciences are said to have discovered strange burial sites in 1938 in what appeared to be man-made caves.
The sites were strange for two reasons: firstly, all the skeletons were only about 4-feet-tall and had oversized heads in relation to their otherwise slender bodies; and secondly more than 700 stone disks, about one foot in diameter and a third of an inch thick, were buried alongside them. The disks contained two grooves in the form of a double spiral, originating from a hole in their centre.
Inside the cave system Chi also found rock art depicting figures with round helmets, as well as engravings of the sun, moon, Earth and stars all connected by groups of pea-sized dots.
The mystery of the graves was perplexing, Chi suggesting they contained the skeletons of mountain gorillas and that the stone disks had been added by later cultures, a theory that was largely ridiculed by many of his colleagues.
But whatever their origin, the Chinese Academy of Sciences was not forthcoming with information about the strange disks and it is believed they were labelled and stored at Beijing University before some examples found their way to the laboratory of Professor Tsum Um Nui of the Prehistory Department in 1958.
Tsum’s research determined that the grooves in the disks contained miniscule hieroglyphic inscriptions that he and his team were eventually able to decipher after around four years of intensive study.
So it was that in 1962 the professor produced a paper on his findings and presented it to the academy for publication, but the response was an emphatic rejection... the Prehistory Department forbidding him to even speak of his findings.
But Tsum eventually published the paper himself and the report, "The Grooved Script Concerning Spaceships Which, as Recorded on the Disks, Landed on Earth 12,000 Years Ago", told an incredible tale about a people whose probe from a distant planet had crash-landed in Baian Kara Ula thousands of years ago and whose occupants, the Dropa, had found refuge in the Himalayan mountain range.
But despite peaceful intentions, the Dropa were initially misunderstood by members of the indigenous Han people who, fearful of the mysterious arrivals, hunted them down.
However Tsum’s translation of one of the passages reads: “The Dropa came down from the clouds with their air gliders. Ten times the men, women and children of the Kham hid in the caves until sunrise. Then they understood the signs and saw that the Dropa came in peace.”
The stones apparently go on to explain how the Dropa were unable to repair their spacecraft and could not return to their home planet and were left stranded in the mountains, where they lived alongside the people of the Kham, one of the three traditional Tibetan provinces along with Amdo and U Tsang.
Unsurprisingly Tsum’s translation was met with great skepticism but his findings eventually came to the attention of a Russian scientist, Vyatcheslav Saitsew, who republished them as part of an investigation into extraterrestrial phenomenon in 1968, three years after Tsum had died in Japan after being forced out of his post in Beijing.
Saitsew claimed Tsum’s tests also revealed the disks exhibited strange magnetic properties, with the granite stones containing high concentrations of cobalt, nickel and iron that created an unusual oscillation rhythm suggesting the disks had once been electrically charged or had functioned as electrical conductors.
Now, like many of these mysteries, the evidence to back up the theory has disappeared over time, either being covered up by the Chinese authorities or lost as a result of the social disruption caused by the Cultural Revolution, which lasted from 1966 until Communist leader Mao Zedong's death in 1976.
But according to reports, the objects again surfaced in 1974 when Austrian engineer Ernst Wegerer photographed examples during a visit to the Banpo Museum in Xian, Shaanxi Province.
When Wegerer inquired about the origin of the disks the museum curator was unable to provide any information about them but allowed the Austrian to take the photographs. Although the disks did not clearly show hieroglyphs – either being too small, too deteriorated, or too obscured by the flash from the camera to be identified – they did fit the general description reported by Chi in 1938.
But by 1994 when German author and tour guide Hartwig Hausdorf and his colleague Peter Krassa visited the Xian museum they learned the authorities had ordered the disks be destroyed, with no official recognition of their existence.
During the 1990s Hausdorf had been conducting extensive research into the mystery of the disks and the Dropa people, learning that the Chinese authorities dismissed the existence of such a tribe. However, a report by the Associated Press (AP) from November 1995 claimed a community of “dwarfish beings” had been discovered in Sichuan Province, in a so-called “Village of the Dwarfs”, with the German publication Bild also running a story questioning whether the existence of the community was the result of environmental pollution, with the tallest adult in the village being only three foot 10 inches tall.
Only a few hundred kilometres from the Baian Kara Ula mountain range, the entire area including the village was located in China’s “forbidden zone”, which even today remains largely off limits to foreigners.
Adding to the mystery are claims of a 1947 expedition to the Baian Kara Ula mountain range by British explorer Dr Karyl Robin-Evans, who had learned of the Dropa disks after being shown one by Polish professor Sergei Lolladoff shortly after the end of World War II.
Lolladoff claimed to have bought the disk in Mussorie, northern India, and that it was supposed to be a religious artefact used by a mysterious mountain people known as the Dropa.
The report of Robin-Evans’ expedition appeared in a 1978 book entitled, “Sungods in Exile”, allegedly written by David Gamon, who it is claimed admitted it to be a hoax some 20 years later.
Whether a work of fact or fiction, the story tells how Robin-Evans went in search of the mysterious land in 1947, travelling through Lhasa in Tibet where he was granted an audience with the 14th Dalai Lama. However, before he reached the incredibly inaccessible part of the northeast Himalayas, the English scientist was abandoned by his Tibetan Sherpas who were too afraid to venture into the Baian Kara Ula.
But Robin-Evans refused to give up his search and eventually managed to reach his destination. After winning the faith of the locals, he was taught their language and learned from Lurgan-La, the religious guardian of the Dropa, that the tribe had originated from a planet in the Sirius system.
What has been established since this time is that the people of the region do exhibit a unique human genotype, displaying a number of irregularities that set them apart from surrounding tribes. The Dropa and Kham populations are extremely short in stature, with an average height of slightly above four feet and an average weight of only 60lbs. The people have disproportionately sized heads compared to their bodies, large eye sockets and sparkling blue irises.
Even the old Chinese folktales from the region tell of beings from the heavens who crash-landed in the area and lived in exile in their own community because of their strange physical features.
The existence of these hobbit-like tribes in the high Himalayas offers some explanation regarding the strange skeletons found by Chi in 1938, although little scientific evidence has emerged as to why these people display such unique physical traits. The existence of the Dropa stones though remains a mystery. In all 716 disks were said to have been found, while photographs of only two alleged examples exist from exhibits from a Xian museum that were subsequently destroyed.
Given the interest in the stones one wonders why they disappeared after being photographed in 1974. Those photographs offer the best remaining evidence that the stones existed, but if there was nothing anomalous about them why would they have been destroyed or stored away subsequently? Perhaps it was an unfortunate result of the Cultural Revolution, but perhaps it was to cover-up the fact that 12,000 years ago a race of extraterrestrials landed on Earth and bred with the indigenous tribes to create a race of Himalayan hobbits whose ancestry originates from outer space? Maybe just one of many examples of how our alien ancestors have changed the course of human evolution!