In different parts of the world over time, quite surprising and strange discoveries have been made. Among these somewhat puzzling discoveries is a enigmatic stone artifact. Located near the top of a hill in the Asuka region of Japan.
Asuka It is located near Takasago, and one of its most notable aspects is that it is characterized by granite stones carved throughout the city. But the most striking sculpture is known as: “Masuda no Iwasune” which means “Masuda’s Rock Vessel“.
Amazing details of the Masuda Monolith
All the Japanese culture It is made up of amazing ancient stories and different periods with very remarkable features. One of Japan’s most striking eras is known as “Kofun”, this term refers to the amazing tombs they made in ancient times.
This sculpted rock stands nearly 5 meters tall11 meters long and 8 meters wide, weighs about 800 tons. The upper part of the boat-shaped monolith is completely flat and there are two holes of one square meter each.
In the lower part small depressions are clearly observed which are like nail kind of structure, known as a network. It was concluded that this type of procedure was the same as that used to flatten the rest of the rock. And thus be able to give it the shape of a boat.
Who did it and when?
Old photo of the ‘Rock Ship’.
There are many questions regarding this enigmatic rock formation, however, Few answers currently exist. However, many hypotheses attempt to explain the appearance and formation of this unusual ship-shaped stone.
Theories on the origin of Masuda no iwasune
The place where the carved boat (Asuka) is located is surrounded by Buddhist shrines and temples. For this reason, it is believed that perhaps those responsible for this surprising work were the Buddhiststo perform a ritual or for religious purposes.
But, seeing the structure with the naked eye, it is very easy to see that It bears no resemblance to the builds they made. For this reason, many people believe that this theory is not correct.
A reminder of the old lake
One of the assumptions that scholars and scientists have found somewhat more consistent is that it was some kind of memorial. In honoring the construction of Lake Masudawhich was once located near the incredible monolith.
astronomical point of view
So far, there is no information about Masuda no-iwafune. Credit: Saigen Jiro/Wikimedia Commons
It is also believed to have served as a type of astronomical observatory, a theory which quickly became popular. Because there is evidence that the crest line of the ship aligns perfectly with Asuka hill and the sun.
This only happens once a year, and it seems that was really its purpose when it was made, because the alignment is perfect. However, the researchers categorically rejected this hypothesis and believe that it was a coincidence that occurred at the time of construction.
An old grave?
The possibility was taken into account that the layout of an ancient tomb where the remains of a royal family were kept. But, in reality, the structure is a bit unusual and no evidence or bodies have been found to support this theory.
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However, some believe that it could have been used as an entrance to a tomb, but for some reason the construction could not be completed. Although time has passed, it was not possible to find out exactly for what purpose this building was built. enigmatic stone ship.
Similar structures in Japan
To complete the mystery, other rock artifacts similar to the Masuda no Iwasune are found in Japan. One of the biggest similarities is the called Ishi-no-Hoden, located in the city of Takasagothe measurements are almost the same. The only difference is that this one doesn’t have square holes in the top.
The huge megalithic stone of Ishi-no-Hoden in Japan.
Currently, the Ishi-no-Hoden is used as a shrine of worship to the god Oshiko Jinja. But, like the masuda rock shipthe origin and who were the builders of these works is a mystery that has been lost throughout the history of Japan.
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