Monuments are titanic structures built to represent something important and last forever. However with war and decay, nothing can last forever. Even monuments of the modern age are facing the test of time, from the Taj Mahal to the statue of Liberty without preservation and proper care they would be far worse. As time goes by, the materials and foundations of the buildings get worse. There are not only natural factors that cause this, factors created by humans too such as pollution. Here are a few monuments whether due to natural catastrophes or human intervention, have fallen.
Buddha of Bamiyan
This was one of the most magnificent monumental statues of the ancient world. Being created as far back as the 6th century. The two statues of Buddha are craved into a cliff and inside those statues are dozens of caves with hidden art. The statues were in the Northwest of Kabul in an area known as Bamiyan. They were destroyed by the Taliban insurgents in 2001, because they represented false idols. The hate for the Taliban was fueled internationally by this event, Switzerland and Japan went as far as promising to help build it back. Since it’s destruction the Buddha’s of Bamiyan have taken a new symbol, that of oppression and religious freedom. The destruction did permit one great finding, as behind the statues were many caves previously never discovered. These caves had mural paintings dating back from the 5th till the 9th century. Researchers theorized that the paintings were done by artist’s traveling on the Silk Road. The Silk Road was a famous path from Europe to China, with may travelers on it daily.
Hanging Gardens Of Babylon
This one is a bit tricky since some historians believe it never even existed in the first places. Despite the doubt there are also many texts that state it was there. What are the gardens? Well it’s a man made structure but with waterfalls and gardens. With multiple levels, with each level having a different role.
It was said that the water didn’t touch the ground and moved around the terrace of the Garden by canals . The Garden was supposedly made by a king for his wife because it would remind her of her homeland . Though that certain king is in the records, the queen is not, it could be she was never officially married with him. Others claim that creating and maintaining such garden would be impossible with the technique of that era. The gardens were destroyed after Earthquakes during the 2nd century and no trace of it has ever been found.
The world war was a horrible global disaster but as years have passed people have studied it scrutinously. Not a day goes by without a movie or a book about the world war coming out. The first world war was a tragic event but a lot of interesting and bizarre things happened during it that are not well known. Here are a few.
A man or a woman?
Without getting too much into the World War and it’s belligerents. The war was started by Germany against France but soon many allies, treaties were invoked and half of Europe was at war against each other. As the German Empire was concentrating their main attack on on the west of Europe, they got attacked at the East by the Russian Empire. Alright here is where the weird things started happening. Most of the Eastern front was left undefended by the Germans, so they could have their forces nearer to the capital. In one of the villages, a Russian officer was flirting with a women and tried to have intercourse with her, he found out that he couldn’t because it was a man. And the man was wearing German army shorts. This lead to a waste paranoia for the Russian forces, many officers after that would have mandatory skirt checks for the entire female population of the villages and towns.
In the early 1900s, news was easy to control and hard to spread. This made national propaganda a lot easier and even more powerful. Before the war even started, the German authorities needed a reason to start the war vs France, of course there was the huge animosity between them from an earlier conflict but to justify the lives of millions would need something more fresh and stronger. A few days before the declaration of war, German newspapers ran a the headline that a northern German city was bombed and that hundreds had died and thousands were injured. Of course the finger was pointed at France. People got out in the streets in Germany with hate and demand for retribution towards France. The Kaiser and his delegates were glad that they had given the people a reason to fight against this great evil. Unfortunately that bombing never happened, this fact never made it out until much later due the country being an empire and not a democracy.
There was also craziness in the western front. German forces had gone through Belgium like the wind and had already ended up on the northern border of France. Each time a German regiment passed through a Belgian village the officers would stay at the biggest mansions, eat and drink the most expensive stuff. When these accommodations weren’t provided their enemies, the Germans would give out punishments. Expecting such generosity was surprising to say the least.
We’ve all been part of some ritual or ceremony once in our life. Isn’t it weird that we still do these symbolic things that have no actual meaning behind them. Such as swearing to tell the truth in court when in fact most people lie anyway or when someone is enlisted in the army they get their head shaved because of the unity intended by that act. None of these rituals/ceremonies have real effects but are kept because of decades of tradition. Some have gone out of existence due to their extremeness, the obvious one would be human sacrifice. Here are a few of those weird ones.
Burping is for classy people
While the above might not be true in most places but it is in Egypt. Burping in Egypt is considered an act of politeness. When eating at someone’s house you can burp to show pleasure at their cooking skills. It’s a shame that burping is not accepted elsewhere.
Rest in Pieces
In some cultures cannibalism has been a prominent feature of their history. Papa New Guinea is such a culture. Many other exotic and dangerous traditions are part of this country. One version of cannibalism was when someone died it was required that their family and close ones eat the remains of the deceased .This was done so the person would live on with them or that burying someone took too much time.
In the Christian belief, people drink wine but it’s basically considered the blood of christ. Some cultures go a little farther by actually drinking real blood. Thankfully not a human’s since that can lead to diseases and infection. In Kenya, a local tribe, as a religious ceremony drink the milk of a cow and… it’s milk.