Sunday, January 25, 2015

Is the biggest Pyramid in the world Bosnia? Some of the worlds experts in Egyptology seem to think so.

The small unassuming town of Visoki, just 30km from Sarajevo was put on the international map when in 2005 Bosnian archaeologist Dr Semir Osmanagić claimed its home to the biggest and oldest pyramid in the world, the Bosnian' Pyramid of the Sun'.  I visited the site in August 2014 with my friend and photographer colleague Geoff Harris to investigate the site. The full gallery of my shots from this trip can be seen here. Doctor Osmanagić  claims Visočica hill, which dominates the town is not a hill but is in fact an ancient step pyramid that is up to 12,000 years old pre-dating the Egyptian pyramids by 7000 years! Not only that if it a pyramid its three times the size of the great pyramid of Giza.

And people he's not alone in this belief. Each year thousands of tourists from across Russia and Eastern Europe flock to the site. I met volunteers from France and the UK who had come to help excavate the site. Excavations beneath the pyramid have revealed a tunnel complex with natural pools that the Dr claims have healing properties due to the high level of 'negative ions' in the area. They have recorded a Schumann resonance of 7,83 hz under the pyramid which they claim is conducive to healing. They encourage visitors to place their hands above the large stones found during the excavation to sense the energy. The water is bottled and sold in the souvenir stands outside for 10 euro a small bottle.

There are sections of the side of the mountain that are covered in what is suggested to be an ancient form of man made concrete. This type of concrete was used by the Romans but could it have been in use some 12,000 years ago? Great blocks of the 'concrete' have been cleared of debris to reveal a large area cladding the structure. On top of this a smooth surface which the Dr proposes originally covered the structure before the years had hidden it from view. This area of the site is very mysterious and while this type of conglomerate can occur in nature this area does look artificial and has turned many a sceptic into a believer.

(For more photographs of the site go here)
The site has divided the archaeological world and Dr Osmanagić is surrounded by controversy with many experts claiming its either plain wrong and at worst an elaborate hoax. The site has divided experts and is steeped in controversy. However Egyptian archaeologist Dr Nabil Mohamed Abdel Swelim who discovered four pyramids in Egypt has gone on record saying he's convinced the Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun is an 'amazing structure of great importance for the entire world'. Further to this a team of Archaeologists, Egyptologists and geologists led by Professor Mona Fouad Aly (Conservation Dept, Faculty of Archaeology Cairo University) stated her team came to the following conclusion: 'Everything that we have seen so far tells us that human hands built these structures a long time ago.'  

Whatever the truth is, it has not revealed itself yet and the site continues to fascinate the curious across the world.

Monday, September 1, 2014

END:CIV - Resist or Die

What does the true weight of our responsibility to the environment our children will grow up in mean? What will they think of our inaction in 50 years?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Aghori interview with RTE 2FM and Colm Hayes

I was lucky enough to be interviewed by 2FM's Colm Hayes on my Aghori work this week. There is link below for your listening pleasure. Please note there is a about 10 seconds of silence in the middle which is due to my poor audio skills not RTE's…

Monday, March 3, 2014

Interview with Digital Camera magazine

The pages from my recent feature in Digital Camera magazine. The Aghori are controversial figures but the people I met particularly at the Ashram / Leper hospital in Parao, Varanasi, which is headed by Aghoreshwar Bhagwan Ram were amazing and their compassion for those less fortunate then themselves was an inspiration. I'll leave this post with some wisdom of the Aghoreshwar:
"Whatever is made and exists is devoured by time. Times does not spare anything, or any being. Even the sky and he earth disintegrate over time."

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Astrophotography experiments

Its been quite some time since I've blogged anything so here are some experiments I've been working on with photographing the night sky via an EOS mount and my telescope.

Jupiter and its four moons, Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto

Crater Copernicus, Crater Tycho

Shot of Crater Copernicus (the big one on the left) and Crater Tycho on the bottom

All shots as everything on my blog is copyrighted so don't steal my work… thanks.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Parao Leprosy hospital - further thoughts

While researching the Aghori way of life in the city of Varanasi I was taken to Avadhoot Bhagwan Ram Kustha Sewa Ashram, which is located on the other bank of the Holy Ganges.

There it was explained to me that the temple was founded in 1961 and while its roots where in Aghori they had moved on as they said ‘into the modern world’. Part of their development was moving from practices that were seen as abhorrent to working with the lowest of society, the lepers. With this view, Parampujya Aghoreshwar started a service centre at Parao, Varanasi for the lepers in January 1962.

Parao Leprosy hospital - Images by Darragh Mason Field

This centre adopts the Ayurvedic and Fakiri system of treatment and prepares most of the medicines and received acknowledgement from the Guinness book of records for treating more leprosy patients in the world with 99,045 patients registered with ‘full’ leprosy and 147,503 with ‘partial’ leprosy all of which have been cured. The patients are treated for free and on recovery they are expected to serve in the kitchens to treat the current patients for a period of time in return. No debt, no medical insurance.

When one looks at the prohibitive cost of medical treatment in the west, particularly the United States, one can only look at the Avadhoot Bhagwan ashram and its inclusive way it accepts patients and the incredible success rate as simply extraordinary.

The Ashram not only provides free treatment but also clothing, food and accommodation to the Leper patients. The treatment program is not only designed to heal the physical aliment but also to treat the mental and emotional damage suffered through Leprosy. In that the patient is shown to be an important member of the community at the Ashram, valued by their peers and Ashram members and contributing to the wellbeing of all.

 Not only has the Ashram the greatest level of success in treating this devastating disease worldwide it also has great success with cured patients returning to mainstream society leading full lives with families and friends.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Tear sheet - St Pauls Carnival 2013 - Lucknow Tribune

Photos by me with words by Michaela Wilson.