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1925: Scientist declares earth swings like pendulum, instead of in orbit.

Another scientific theory from James Churchward’s scrapbooks. Original clipping here.

New York – (by NEA Service) – Are the orthodox beliefs concerning the workings of the solar system all wrong and the generally credited theories of Newton as antiquated as the one-time platitude that the world was flat?

Can it be possible that the earth does not revolve around the sun at all but instead swings from that celestial body like the mighty pendulum of a huge clock? Such are the questions creating a furor in scientific circles here today following the announcement at an entirely new theory of astronomy by James L. Bussanich, an American astronomer who has devoted 30 years to investigating the solar system and who comes here from the University of Triest.

Bussanich bases his novel theory upon discoveries which he says he has made in electro-magnetism and hydro-mechanics, aided by Einstein’s evidence that the planets do not do not describe closed eclipses. In lay language, Bussanich’s theory is briefly as follows:

“The earth is held in a pendulum position from the sun by electro-magnetism exerted by that body and makes a complete swing once a year, describing an arc of 47 degrees. On June 21 the pendulum reaches one extremity of the swing and on December 21 the other. On March 21 and September 22 the pendulum hands in mid-swing.

“Night and day are caused, as is generally believed, by the rotation of the earth on its axis. The axis is tilted at an angle 23 1/2 degrees from the sun’s ray to its center by an electro-mechanical force constantly at variance with that of

[possible break in text] apparent changing of the distance from the earth to the sun being due to an optical shortening of space caused by varying angles from which that body is viewed on different dates.

From the first false premise, he says, astronomers have constructed an elaborate theory that the earth goes around the sun and have made all their observations assuming that the earth goes around the sun and have made all their observations assuming that the earth was somewhere else than where it actually was.

Bussanich says there is no cause for alarm from his alleged discoveries since the universe, while it does not function in the clock-like manner usually believed, operates according to another system which is even more precise and infallible.

“My hypothesis accounts for al heavenly movements, such as the coming eclipse of the sun on January 24,” he says, “and goes further than the Newton-Keplar theory and gives logical reasons for phenomena which have always been puzzling – the aurora borealis, for instance, and the twinkling of the stars.”

Asked if his theory was a new one, Mr. Bussanich replied:

“Oh no, not absolutely new, as nothing is. Plato and Aristotle believed vaguely in the pendulum theory and Niccolo Mancino, the famous Italian electrical scientist, at the present time has repudiated the Newton idea and hinted at an electro-magnetic hypothesis for the universe. However, I believe the sun. This accounts for the seasons and the length of daylight.

“The sun is not a stationary body but describes movements of its own through space, although not those usually graphed and believed. This also is true of other planetary bodies.” In advancing this startling theory, Bussanich says that astronomers of the past were deluded in the first place by failure to make correct measurements, the apparent changing of the distance from the earth to the sun being due to an optical shortening of space caused by the varying angles from which that body is viewed on different dates.”

Follow-up on the Cueva de Los Tayos (Tayos Cave)

Some time ago, I interviewed Stan Grist to hear his side of the story about the Cueva de los Tayos (Tayos Cave, “Cave of the Oilbirds”.) Some theorists claim the Tayos Cave provides evidence of an ancient advanced civilization. The cave and the stories concocted about it are frequently used to point as proof of the lost continent of Mu. Stan had interviewed the widow of Petronio Jaramillo, a retired Ecuadoran Army Officer. His widow stated she wrote down the fantastic story of advanced civilization and riches in the Tayos Cave as her husband dictated it. He was hoping to add a little something to his retirement (don’t we all?)

Here is the interview:

Pino Turolla is another source of information about the Tayos Cave because he was one of the first non-indigenous visitors. He also spoke directly with Jaramillo. Pino Turolla was born and raised in Istria, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire before World War I. He served in the Italian Army during World War II and later in the British Army. After the war, he studied archaeology in Italy and emigrated to Canada. He began his exploration in South American starting 1966, making many trips to Ecuador and others to Venezuela, Columbia and Peru.

To summarize Jaramillo’s story: the Tayos Cave contains evidence of an ancient advanced civilization, including a library of advanced, ancient knowledge on metal plates and man-made constructions. Turolla provides a complete description in his book, Beyond the Andes – My Search for the Origins of Pre-Inca Civilization on pages 147 through 160 as transcribed from his taped interview with Jaramillo. The images in Jaramillo’s account of the metal library line up with the description of images in Father Crespi’s collection in Cuenca, Ecuador where Major Jaramillo served. Pino Turolla concludes he probably based the metal library in his story on what he saw in Father Crespi’s collection.

The story goes that Juan Moricz became familiar with Jaramillo’s tale. It eventually became known to Erich Von Daniken and found its way into his book, Gold of the Gods. (Von Daniken later acknowledged he never went to the cave and never saw all the wonderful artifacts and evidence he wrote about.) The story had expanded from the original version to include the cave was actually a multi-level city and the inhabitants were known as the Vela, the ancestors of the Lamas of Tibet. The release of his book provoked massive publicity and public interest.

Other than the native Jivaro people that visited the cave twice a year for ceremonial purposes, Pino Turolla and Oswaldo Mora were the some of the first visitors, a week earlier than the Ecuadoran government expedition. As a trained archaeologist, Turolla saw no evidence of advanced man-made construction in the cave. Pick up a copy of Beyond the Andes (pages 184 – 188) to read his firsthand account.

Subsequently in 1976, a highly publicized expedition with Neil Armstrong visited the cave and failed to find the golden library Von Daniken wrote about.

In season 5 episode 6 of the Travel Channel program Expedition Unknown covers Josh Gates’ January 2018 visit to the cave and extended exploration of the cave. The episode name is: Hunt for the Metal Library and provides a great amount of video of the inside of the cave.

The evidence indicates the cave identified as Cueva de los Tayos by the Jivaro people and subject of the fanciful tales of Jaramillo, Moricz, and Von Daniken is a natural cave. There is no library of metal plates and no evidence of man-made construction (except for the ladders used by the Jivaro people to obtain the Tayos birds for their bi-annual ceremonies.)

Pino Turollo also visited Cuenca, Ecuador to speak with Padre Crespi to view his artifacts and the metal library in his collection. Soon to be covered in this blog as Father Crespi and the Lost Continent of Mu.

Crossing the Sands of Time On Sale Now

The Great Uighur Empire ruled Inner Asia in the 8th and 9th centuries and their descendants, the Taklamakanians, created a thousand years of unforgettable history. A proper history of Asia would be incomplete without mentioning the Taklamakanians, today’s Uyghurs. Crossing the Sands of Time provides the true story of Inner Asia and the Uyghur people and contrasts their history with depictions peddled by some authors and social media today.

This book was motivated by the author’s interaction with Uyghur scholars and the marked difference between the real history and that espoused by his great-grandfather, James Churchward. During the research, other theories surfaced and are addressed as well. Included are appendices containing all the elder Churchward’s mentions of the Uighurs allowing the reader to judge for themselves the veracity of his pronouncements.

Now available in eBook format or your choice of black and white or color paperback.
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