On September 22, a news article by The Asahi Shimbun stirred up public interest by claiming that “Stone statues unearthed in Oita Prefecture show bizarre and advanced design.”
The article’s headline was quickly picked up by other media outlets around the world including The Telegraph, The Guardian, and Gizmodo. The natural conclusion that readers drew from the news is that these disturbing stone statues were evidence of extraterrestrial visitors.
However, it turns out the claim is only supported by one speculative interpretation of data from the archaeological excavation at an abandoned quarry in Oita Prefecture. And even if these particular stones were made for alien tourists in the distant past, there is no evidence to show they are linked to any other objects or findings on Earth.
The archaeologists claim that these figures are proof that there was an ancient civilization much more advanced than Japan’s in the fourth millennium B.C., against what many believe to be the first human inhabitants on the island of Kyushu. The statues were discovered near Shunbunkakawa (or “Sacred Spring River”) where much other evidence of ancient civilizations has been found, suggesting people traveled from other parts of the world to this very specific location across a huge span of time as far as 2000 years ago.
The place where these statues were found is considered special because it’s host to so many ancient discoveries and is one of the few places on earth where scientists
There are many mysteries in our world, especially when the cases were from ancient times. Some mysteries remained unsolved, especially the case of Dogu, one of the fascinating mysteries.
Dogu is what they call an ancient astronaut in Japan. In the Tohoku region of the country, which is on Honshu Island, AP Kazantsev found a bizarre collection of small statues. These statues were about 7,000 B.C old, and the Jmon people created these intriguing figurines. The statues gathered instant notice because of the similarity to a hominid wearing big suits, like the ones that astronauts use today. It leaves everyone wondering what these Dogu sculptures signify.
As to archaeologists, who follow the path of history, these statues illustrate female goddesses, and most of the sculptures are pregnant. The garments of the pregnant Dogu sculptures are heavier than the other sculptures. Aside from that, these statues also represent fertility deities, which are the mother goddesses, according to experts.
On the other hand, there’s a hypothesis that these sculptures illustrate alien creatures in their distinctive appearance. They have big eyes, odd glasses to hide these, and ambiguous attire.
Experts also say that the figurines wore a style that was part of the aliens’ spacesuit. It’s not a typical attire of an astronaut.
The buttons on the chests of the figurines are there on purpose, according to a writer named Vaughn Greene. Greene writes about the concept of the ancient astronauts of Japan. If you notice on the spacesuits of the NASA astronauts, the buttons are exactly where the buttons of the Dogu sculptures are. On the other hand, traditional archaeologists don’t agree with this theory.
Archeology and an expert on Japanese History, Jon Rafael Abad, states that the Docu statues and the ceramics coming from the same time are attractive material elements in ancient Japan because of their visual character. The similarities led to mountain-shaped iconography or owl construction, which experts used throughout history.
The Dogu figurines were unlike other items discovered in Japan. There were no other models that impacted the Jmon.
Dogu statues were both goddesses of fertility and healers. The Jmon wanted to be complemented to the commemorative by a friend or a family member.