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“Palindo”, Bada valley, Indonesia

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The valley’s rice paddies are scattered with mysterious ancient megaliths. Locals call this one “Palindo”—”the entertainer”. Bada Valley, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © Jackson A. Helms IV.

Bada Valley is surrounded by the forested mountains of Lore Lindu National Park.

Jennifer Hile wrote for National Geographic Today on 2001:

According to local legend, they were long-ago criminals who turned to stone and were abandoned.

(…) The original purpose of the carvings remains a mystery. They were abandoned long ago, and no tools or other evidence of the society that built them has been found.

The carvings may be related to a 2,000-year-old culture that carved megaliths in Laos, Cambodia, and other parts of Indonesia. However, the arca menhirs and kalambas are found nowhere else in Asia.

“That’s the curious thing,” Pollard explained. “That’s one of the reasons no one knows what these carvings are for, because we can’t relate them to anything else in the world…if these stones didn’t exist, we wouldn’t even know the culture existed. It was too long ago, before recorded history.”

Here there is more from Indonesia:

And elsewhere (captions will be added…)

  • [PDF] S. I. B. A. of Ethnology, Annual report of the Bureau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington : U. S. Govt. Print. Off., 1895, vol. 25.
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