Category Archives: James Churchward

5,000 Year-old Vimana Found in Afghanistan! (probably not)

James Churchward’s mention of vimana or the mythical flying palaces or chariots from Sanskrit and Hindu writings have become references in many books and some even ascribe their interest in these flying ships to his discussion of them in the following passage:

Hindu Manuscript, Date unknown (B.C.): “When morning dawned, Rama, taking the celestial car which Pushpaka had sent to him by Vivpishand, stood ready to depart. Self-moving was that car; it was large and finely painted. It had two stories and many chambers with windows and was draped with flags and banners. It gave forth a melodious sound as it coursed along its airy way.”

Hindu Manuscript, Dated 500 B.C.: “Rawan, King of Ceylon (?), flew over the enemy’s army and dropped bombs, causing many casualties. Eventually Rawan was captured and slain and his flying machine fell into the hands of the Hindu chieftain Ram Chandra who flew it all the way back to his capital Adjudhia in Northern India.”

Without question both of these manuscripts were taken from the same temple records at Ayhodia, as was the Rama and Sita poem, referring back 20,000 years ago.

Maha Bharata (1000 B.C.) : Mention is made in this ancient book of the “gift of a flying machine” by a king to a brother monarch as a token of friendship.

These are the most detailed accounts I have found about the airships of the Hindus 15,000 to 20,000 years ago, except one ‘which is a drawing and instructions for the construction of the airship and her machinery, power, engine, etc. The power is taken from the atmosphere in a very simple inexpensive manner. The engine is somewhat like our present-day turbine in that it works from one chamber into another until finally exhausted. When the engine is once started it never stops until turned off. It will continue on if allowed to do so until the bearings are worn out. These ships could keep circling around the earth without ever once coming down until the machinery wore out. The power is unlimited, or rather limited only by what metals will stand. I find various flights spoken of which according to our maps would run from 1000 to 3000 miles.

All records relating to these airships distinctly state that they were self-moving, they propelled themselves; in other words, they generated their own power as they flew along. They were independent of all fuel. It seems to me, in the face of this, and with all our boasting, we are about 15,000 to 20,000 years behind the times. Dropping bombs from airships is a new sport with us, less than twenty years old; yet here we see that it was done 15,000 to 20,000 years ago. Rawan was shot down with a circular gun that spit fire and made thunder which is uncommonly like some of our machine guns today. Yet the world is flattering itself today that never before during the history of man has there ever been such a brainy lot of scientists as are with us at the present time. Pure egotism crowned with ignorance. I feel like the sage of old who said: “There is nothing new under the sun.” There are many Chinese records of about the same date regarding these ancient flying machines.

While modern Hindu historians look upon the Ramayana and some other Hindu writings as myths, the Hindus themselves do not: they know better; so do I. We know their origin and from what they were taken. They are not myths; they are histories written in the usual style of their time. They are, generally speaking, extremely symbolical, and because historians have failed to understand these symbolical writings, they have classed them as myths.
Children of Mu
pages 187-189

While I have respect for all religious beliefs (except those beliefs condemning me to death or grievous bodily harm,) I must take issue with my great-grandfather’s statement, “While modern Hindu historians look upon the Ramayana and some other Hindu writings as myths, the Hindus themselves do not: they know better; so do I.”
James also believed humans walked around with dinosaurs and evolution was fiction which are beliefs held today by some religious authorities, but it does not make it true. There is no proof of these flying machines from ancient mythology, like many other fantastic stories from centuries old texts.

Author Stephen Quayle, as a guest on the Coast to Coast AM show discussed a report of a discovered vimana in February 2011. Apparently, the story originated on the ‘’ website from December 2010 under the title, “World Leaders Flock To Afghanistan After Mysterious ‘Time Well’ Discovered” with a follow-up in August 2011 entitled, “Russia Reports Exploding Afghan “Time Well” Killed Elite US Navy Seals.” The author, Sorcha Faal, provides many conspiracy theories on his website, not to mention the account has a few plot elements of a movie released in 2008.

I would note the repeated mention of this ‘news’ on click-bait websites and passed along in social media since 2012. The next folks who pick it up and run with it don’t even wait until the furor from the last posting dies down. There are websites telling the truth and any website running with a lead story about vimanas, time-wells, dead US soldiers, and world leaders is definitely not one of them.

Review: Fantastic Archaeology: The Wild Side of North American Prehistory

Fantastic Archaeology: The Wild Side of North American Prehistory
Stephen Williams
University of Pennsylvania Press

I found this to be a very informative book discussing discoveries not accepted by mainstream science. Dr. Williams covers each subject in detail, presenting a complete background covering all sides of the issues. He lays out the criteria for evaluating the results of fieldwork, providing helpful hints clearly marking the path to realistic interpretations of the data.

The discussion of my great-grandfather James Churchward originally drew my attention to read the book. Reading Fantastic Archaeology was an eye-opening experience for me in that the book addresses the tablet discoveries of William Niven in the Valley of Mexico. Had I read it prior to writing The Stone Tablets of Mu, I could have included his analysis and treatment of the subject instead of missing it and asking the question, “Why doesn’t anyone write about or study the tablets?” My original supposition was since James did not find the tablets and apart from the 2600 unique tablet discoveries, William Niven contributed many worthwhile, credible artifacts to the National Museum. On the other hand, James interpreted the tablets; perhaps some bias was preventing their study. Obviously, my search was not broad enough. There is a rewrite necessary to update The Stone Tablets of Mu.

Persons interested in archaeology will want to read the book to learn about past cases of ‘Fantastic Archaeology’ and their cyclical nature. Written before the explosion of social media, he shows that old, debunked material recycles regularly, without the extra baggage identifying evidence of a hoax or the commonly accepted interpretation. I have first-hand experience of this cyclical phenomenon with the alleged ‘discovery of the Naacal Tablets,’ by Thomas Ritter in India sometime in 2010. The ‘discovery’ was easily debunked ( in 2011. Earlier this week (July 2016,) the fable again appeared and assumed its place in line as the miraculous story of the day. Did the latest incarnation provide any verifiable evidence or just regurgitate the same story? You already know the answer. Another case also deserves mention, the Kensington Rune Stone (KRS.) Why doesn’t the former host of a cable TV show mention the deathbed confessions of Olof’s son and a close friend attesting the KRS was a hoax when he discusses it? Never mentioned is evidence and background information that might lead a rational person to disbelieve the veracity of the KRS.

This book provides well-documented information discussing many cases of ‘Fantastic Archaeology.’ Researchers should probably not use the examples discussed in this book, if they want to be taken seriously.

Llakoff’s Island – A Challenge Declined

The Great Uighur Empire during the Tertiary Era

The Great Uighur Empire during the Tertiary Era

On May 1st, (2016) I set out a challenge to fellow researchers to answer two questions about James Churchward’s use of the Llakoff Island in his description of the Great Uighur Empire:

  1. Provide the real name of the island (the easy part,) and,
  2. Provide the name of the earliest written account that James may have used as a reference in his description of the island, as well as author’s name, publisher (if known,) and page numbers.

I allowed a month for the answer to be emailed and received no responses.

The first question was answered and posted in a Facebook group and in a comment to the blog posting- it is the Lyakhovsky Islands, also spelled:

  1. Lachow Island from Narrative of an Expedition to Siberia and the Polar Seas (1840) edited by Major Edward Sabine
  2. Laechow Island from The Museum of Foreign Literature, Science And Art Vol X (1840)
  3. Lachoff Island from Overland Through Asia (1870) by Thomas Knox
  4. Ljachoff’s Island from The Voyage of the Vega Around Asia and Europe (1885) by A.E. Nordenskiold
  5. Liachof Island from The Mammoth and the Flood (1887) by Henry H. Howorth
  6. Liakhov Island from the novels Waif of the Cynthia (1885) and César Cascabel (1890) by Jules Verne

The second question, where could James have read about an island made up of the bones and tusks of mammoths and other forest creatures? Or that ice was not involved in the flooding since it would have mashed up all the bones.

The novels by Jules Verne say the islands are made of whale and mammoth bones, but nothing about a flood.

Several of the books listed above quote from the account of Sannikow (Sannikov), a companion of the explorer Hedenstrom,

In quantity, however, these bones increase wonderfully to the northward, and, as Sannikow expresses himself, the whole soil of the first of the Lachow Islands appears to consist of them.
Narrative of an Expedition to Siberia and the Polar Seas


In the words of Sannikow, one of Hedenström’s companions, “the first of the Laechow Islands is little more than one mass of mammoth’s bones,” and though for upwards of eighty years the Siberian traders have been bringing over annually large cargoes of them, there appears as yet to be no sensible diminution in the apparently inexhaustible store.
The Museum of Foreign Literature, Science And Art Vol X

In The Living Age Vol. 204 (1895), a story (Treasure Islands in the Polar Sea) discusses the presence of the bones as follows:

We cannot fully answer these questions. It seems probable, however, that great floods of rushing water must poured over these lands, and great invasions of the waters of the ocean must have inundated them. In these tremendous deluges the elephants, rhinoceroses, and buffaloes were destroyed and their carcasses were piled up in heaps in the places where they had congregated to take refuge from the rising waters. When these deluges subsided and the waters retired, the lands were covered with remains of the drowned animals, in some as yet unexplained manner the climate changed and northern Siberia which was formerly a beautiful and verdant region became an icy wilderness and a land of death.

In The Mammoth and the Flood (1887), Howorth states as follows:

So it is clear that at the time when the elephants and trunks of trees were heaped tip together, one flood extended from the centre of the continent to the furthest barrier existing in the sea as it now is. That flood may have poured down from the high mountains through the rocky valleys. The animals and trees which it carried off from above could sink but slowly in the muddy and rapid waves, but must have been thrown upon the older parts of Kotelnoi and New Siberia in the greatest number and with the greatest force, because these islands opposed the last bar to the diffusion of the waters.”

Is there a smoking gun to provide the precise wording? Maybe, but I didn’t find one complete passage to match what James wrote.

It is clear that Howorth in The Mammoth and the Flood wrote about a north-bound flood and also quotes Sannikow about the composition of the islands being comprised of mammoth and other animal bones.
Maybe The Mammoth and the Flood is the smoking gun being sought and the answer to the second question.
Of course, if anyone is interested and comes up with a better answer, I am all ears.

Have a great day.