World of the Weird

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Who are the Dzopa (pronounced Drōpă) and why are they among us? Their story has given rise to great skepticism and accusations of fraud since being brought to public attention. Read about this discovery and decide for yourself!

In 1995, China released a most amazing news report about two unclassified tribes of people living in the Sichuan province on the eastern border of the Baian Kara Ula Mountains. They call themselves the Dzopa or Han and they firmly believe that their predecessors were from outer space.

To date, anthropologists have been unable to categorize either of these tribes into any known race. Their pygmy statures include heights of no more than 3 feet 10 inches with body weights averaging from 38 to 52 pounds. They are very thin with yellow skin and disproportionately large heads with very sparse hair. The most striking feature about these people is their large non Asian shaped eyes with pale blue irises. The Dzopa body type is a match with skeletal remains that were found in an unusual cave in the Baian Kara Ula in 1937 by Chi Pu Tei, a professor of archeology at Beijing University. The strange remains were not all that Dr. Tei discovered.

The caves of Baian Kara Ula are an interlocking series of complex enigmatic tunnels and storerooms. Dr. Tei believed them to be artificially carved using a potent heat force because the walls were squared and glazed. Artwork on the walls consisted of pictograms of the Sun, Moon, Earth and stars all connected by dots. Also discovered were 718 stone disks ranging in size from 8 to 12 inches with a ¾ inch hole at the exact center. Stone disks are not uncommon in Chinese archeology but these disks displayed spiral grooves that were not decorative cuts but apparently continuous lines of coded writing. They remained a mystery until 1962 when Professor Tsum Um Nu of the prehistory department of the Beijing Academy decoded sections of the writing. The find was said to be "Earth shattering" and the Academy prohibited publishing of the translation. What is known of that translation made a laughing stock out of Professor Nu for it stated that some 12,000 years ago, beings from another planet known as the Dzopa came to Earth to try to peacefully adapt. Most of them were killed by neighboring tribes but some managed to survive by living in the mountain caves.

Russian scientists became interested in the disks and they were sent to Moscow for further testing. The Russians were not interested in decoding the disks and ran chemical tests on them. They found that the disks were made largely of cobalt which was common to the Bain Kara Ula area. Due to the disks resemblance to phonograph records, the Russian scientists decided to try to "play" one on a specially constructed turntable. In their reports of this experiment, the Russians claimed that the disk emitted a strange hum like electric circuitry.

In 1874, an Austrian engineer, Ernst Wegener found two of the badly deteriorated disks in a Xian museum. The museum director allowed Wegener to touch and photograph the disks but could tell him little about them. By 1994, the disks had gone "missing." All that remains are the Dzopa themselves and the stories they willing to tell about their strange ancestral heritage.