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Moussa Castle

Moussa Castle (The following is taken from Wikipedia)

This amazing castle’s construction (inside and out) was almost all the effort of just one person!!

Moussa Castle is a castle between Deir el Qamar and Beit ed-Dine in Lebanon.

The life work of a Lebanese visionary, requiring 60 years of dedicated hard-work to finish. 

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Moussa’s castle was built on a hill between Deir El Kamar and Beiteddine – Lebanon, with the beliefs and ideas of its builder engraved on its stones. The castle was built by Moussa Abdel Karim Al Maamari who was born on July 27, 1931, in the village of Harat Al Saraya – Lebanon and died January 31, 2018, in the village Deir El Qamar. His idea of building a castle began when he was only 14 years old, inspired by the Middle Ages.

Ridiculed by his teacher “Anwar” and mocked by his classmates, he left school and travelled to Saida on foot where he worked with his uncle on restoring Saida’s fortress. He was later assigned by the Emir Maurice Chehab to renovate the castles and to excavate for archaeological discoveries to be exhibited in the National Museum of Beirut in 1947. He continued working in the same field gaining enough experience from his work in restoring castles. He was then transferred to Beiteddine palace, where he restored the museum of Emir Bashir Chehabi II; he supervised the work as well as the placing of the Emir’s weapons collection, clothes and jewelry, and the sword offered to him by Napoleon in the museum that was inaugurated under the rule of late president Beshara Khalil Al Khoury in September 1951. It was then that he began work on his own construction and bought a suitable piece of land. The foundation stone was laid in 1962, and completed with the help of his wife.

Name Nonsense – Just for fun

Name Nonsense – Just for fun

Names are interesting. Given names and surnames are often interchangeable. Mr. James could very well be Mr. James James. To cite a few examples of common given names that are also common surnames: Arnold, Alfred, Clark, Edward(s), David, Thomas, Robert(s), John(s), Alan, Elliot(t), Frank(s), George, Gary, Hank(s), Harold, Kelly, Mark(s), Joseph, Paul, Donald, Raymond, Russell, Michael(s), Michelle, Mitchel, Steven(s), Vance, Wayne, Wallace, William(s) and the list goes on.

I often recall the character from the classic cult novel Catch 22. When the son of the Major family was born they thought it clever to provide the given name Major. When Major Major joined the military he eventually attained the rank of Major thus becoming Major Major Major.

Names that are also colors are also interesting. Red is a common first name and then there is the legendary Erik the Red. Mr. White could easily be a man of color and Mr. Black could be white. Mr. Brown could have any color skin tone. Mr. Green is probably not green. Given names can also be colorful: Scarlet, Ruby, Hazel to name a few.

Women can also be named for months, but typically only three: April, May or June. March can be a surname and a few men have been “given” the name of August.

 

A replacement for #3 in my top 5 unexplained

A replacement for #3 in my top 5 unexplained

In a prior posting I reviewed my all tome top five unexplained only to learn new information on my all time #3. After reviewing the new info I posted a retraction on that item. Since that time, I have given several items serious consideration as a replacement. Initially, my pick was the ruins at Puma Puku, Bolivia. When I googled the site, I found that “debunking” sites outnumbered actual details by at least 3 to 1. My initial reaction was to look for another candidate for a replacement. However, I decided to read through the debunking sites. I found most of the information repetitive and less than convincing. The alternative methods discussed were not backed on anything other than speculation, nothing definitive. The age of the ruins is debated with the conventional view being approx. 2,000 years ago. A minority opinion argues for a much earlier date, possible as much as 15,000 BC. I doubt we will ever sort out the age with current aging technology and I have no reason to speculate.

There are two site features which I find of particular interest: 1. The distance from the expected quarry sites and 2. The amazing accuracy of the workmanship as especially evident on the “H” blocks. There are several dozen of these remaining at the site and they are identical in every dimension and detail!

The stone materials used in construction are primarily from two sources: 1. Red Sandstone and 2. Andesite. The larger items are primarily constructed from the Red Sandstone. The alleged quarry for this material appears to have been only 10 km away from the site. The weight of the largest artifact is estimated at 140 tons. While the weight and distance traveled does not compare the achievements at Sacsayhuaman the achievement is still impressive (There is a stone item at Sacsayhuaman estimated at 300 tons and the nearest quarry is 20 km distant. In addition, the mountainous terrain in the Cusco area would pose a much more difficult transportation challenge).

The more impressive unexplained feature is the workmanship on many of the items. The claim that they were concrete using pouring forms is ludicrous. Not only is the material not concrete, there is no evidence that concrete was ever in use in the region prior to modern times. It is not clear to me if the H blocks were constructed from red sandstone or andesite? I can’t confirm the actual weight of the H blocks, but based on their dimensions I would estimate them at between 10 and 20 tons. If constructed from the andesite quarry 90 km distant that would qualify for an unexplained feat. The precise detail on these blocks cannot be reproduced today using even modern hand tools. The preciseness is difficult to achieve even using laser technology. Even diamond saws cannot achieve the same result.