Geology and Folklore Northern Himalayas

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In summary, the speaker recently went trekking in the Northern areas of Pakistan, specifically in the Gojal district near the Afghan border. They came across some samples that are believed to be the bones of a mythical creature that lived in a small pond and caused havoc among the villagers thousands of years ago. It is said that one man finally killed the creature and the remaining bones were left behind. The samples were found in one specific area, most likely near a dried up glacier pond. The speaker has links to photos, and some of the samples appear to be assorted fossil coral, a sponge, a crinoid, and bryozoa. The speaker is still unsure about the identity of the other samples.
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Recently I went trekking in the Northern areas of pakistan. More specifically the gojal district, very near the afghan border. I found these samples and wondering what they actually were. there is a a lot of folklore behind these samples as well. They say thousands of years ago there lived a mythical creature in a small pond, that would cause havoc among the village people. Then finally one man came and killed the creature.Now they say what is left over is the bones of the beast. It was interesting because there were these samples in one specific area, but an a a lot of it. Also, it was said that the samples found were most likely in or near a small glaciel pond that dried up many years ago. Thanks for the help. i have links to the photo.

heres a link to album of photos.
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#1 could be assorted fossil coral


#3 could be sponge?


#4 appears to be a crinoid

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#2 looks like bryozoa to me.



The others could be crinoid or coral.

1. What is the connection between geology and folklore in the Northern Himalayas?

The Northern Himalayas are home to some of the most dramatic geological features on Earth, such as towering peaks, deep valleys, and glaciers. These stunning landscapes have inspired many myths and legends, as people have tried to make sense of the powerful forces that have shaped the region.

2. How do geological processes influence the folklore of the Northern Himalayas?

Geological processes, such as earthquakes, landslides, and volcanic eruptions, have a direct impact on the lives of people living in the Northern Himalayas. As a result, these events often become the subject of folklore and are incorporated into the beliefs and traditions of the local communities.

3. What are some examples of geological features that have inspired folklore in the Northern Himalayas?

The Northern Himalayas are home to many iconic geological features, such as Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world, and the Ganges River, which is considered sacred by Hindus. These features have been woven into the folklore of the region, with many stories and legends surrounding them.

4. How has the study of geology helped us understand the folklore of the Northern Himalayas?

Geological studies have provided us with a better understanding of the natural processes that have shaped the Northern Himalayas over millions of years. This knowledge has allowed us to make connections between geological events and the folklore of the region, helping us to decipher the meaning and significance behind these stories.

5. Are there any ongoing geological processes in the Northern Himalayas that are still influencing folklore today?

The Northern Himalayas are a hotspot for seismic activity, with frequent earthquakes and landslides occurring in the region. These ongoing geological processes continue to shape the landscape and influence the folklore of the Northern Himalayas, as people try to make sense of these powerful natural forces.

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