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Himalayan Caves May Be Shangri-La

The remote Mustang caves of Nepal are yielding treasures and artworks that lead explorers to think it may be the legendary Shangri-La. Expeditions in 2007 and 2008 found 15th-century paintings, religious texts, and skeletons. The expeditions were led by US researcher Broughton Coburn and veteran mountaineer Pete Athans.
The unusual treasures have led Coburn and his team to suggest that the Mustang caves could be linked to "hidden valleys" thought to represent the Buddhist spiritual paradise known as Shambhala.

"Shambhala is also believed by many scholars to have a geographical parallel that may exist in several or many Himalayan valleys," Coburn said.

"These hidden valleys were created at times of strife and when Buddhist practice and principals were threatened," Coburn said. "The valleys contained so-called hidden treasure texts."

Elaine Brook, author of Search for Shambhala, said the hidden valleys of Mustang indeed "have some of the characteristics of the mythical land of Shambhala."

For his 1933 novel, Hilton used the concept of Shambhala as the basis for his "lost" valley of Shangri-La, an isolated mountain community that was a storehouse of cultural wisdom.

PBS will air two specials about the Mustang caves tonight. Link

(image credit: Kris Erickson)

Shambhala!!! Wasn't that what the shaman in the Temple of Doom shouted as he tore that guys heart out?? OH, no wait!! It was Kah-Li-MAH!!! Sorry, thoughts of Shangri-La being discovered took me into Indiana Jones daydream land.
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Miss Celina,

Shangri-la is a FICTIONAL place imagined by an early 20th century British writer. He created the place as a general summary (or stereotype) of everything "exotic" and mysterious about the far east.

It was inspired by various regions and tucked away villages/cities in the Himalayans and parts of western China...but the actual place of "Shangri-la" doesn't exist!

Leave it to early 19th/20th century Europeans to misinterpret and distort the history of other cultures... cough cough...Mayan 2012 end-of-world-bullsh*t...
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sorry, but not even close. I dont even have to read the details of this 'so called' expedition to know that its nothing more than some dumb cave exploration.The 'real' Shambala..if there is such a thing, is most likely a realm deep inside the inner earth (hollow earth) and not just some retarded cave with some drawings and trinkets
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It's amazing to see that there are still treasures being found on Earth. It always seems as though every single inch of Earth has been explored.
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Sorry to correct you "Historical Accuracy", but the article states: For his 1933 novel, Hilton used the concept of Shambhala as the basis for his “lost” valley of Shangri-La, an isolated mountain community that was a storehouse of cultural wisdom.

This would indicate that Shangri-La IS indeed fictional. The place they are referring to is Shambala, the inspiration for the fictional paradise od Shangri-La.
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It is fortunate that these cultural treasures were hidden so they could not be destroyed in the insane fury of the Chinese Cultural Revolution (thank you Uncle Mao and all your little mindless followers).
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we have only dug something like 5 miles down (Kola borehole in russia) so actually we know almost nothing about what is inside the earth (if the crust really is something like 200-300 mile thick). shambalah, as i see it, is a 'type' or representative of a place inside the earth hidden from those of us who know nothing but desecration and perversion (look at what weve done to the precious rainforests for example). If we cant maintain, manage, or peaceably interact with the glory of nature that is already known to us....why would we be allowed to taint a place that is even more amazing than the treasures we have discovered on the surface of our planet? Im not presenting evidence of 'its' existence so much as i am positing an argument against our worthiness to have access to such a place, were it to actually exist.
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I see we have an educated,open minded crowd here. Video games are what brought such foolish low-brow critiques of this find from you cretans in the first place!!! CHEERS!
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I think this is interesting imagine the lost knowlege we can get. An oppressed people keeping together in secret to keep there beliefss safe. Theres somthing so cool about that.
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Hmm, if shangri-la could be found doesn't it mean that some myths people think is fake may actually be real? I mean people thought it might exist and some people say's it doesn't. Who says the people supporting that it doesn't exist is wrong. No-one because they don't know. But if they find proof, it could mean that other places like Utopia is real, or myths unicorns could be real. The fact is we don't know. It's the discoverys that guides us nearer to what could be an amazing truth maybe about earth, but we don't know. I'm just stating the fact that myths could be true if we actually find more evidence. :P Don't thank me. I'm just joking. But yeh.
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Shambala it may be, but Shambala is NOT Shangri-La! Shangri-La is a fictional place, in a fictional novel. I take exception to your linking the two. You trivialize the matter when you use false labels and names!!!
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Wow this is sort of like the plot in uncharted 2.I mean just think about finding treasures,caves in Nepal,Shangri-La i mean all those things were in uncharted2 !Hmmm...That is a BIG coincidence!
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i'm not sure i'm happy to hear this. i fervently hope this area will be out of bound for tourists and anyone disrespectful. due to a culture of overexposure and too much information, there is no more magic left in this world.
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Those of us who happen to be Buddhist would like to see that subsequent explorations and excavations be conducted with due regard and respect for the artifacts and the traditions from which they proceeded.
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lmao dude thanks for the thumbnail sized picture. who had their head up thier ass with this news story? you thats who. lawl @ thumbnail sized news photos.
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There were two specials on PBS, I was quite surprised. The first show was better and more informative. Ironic how the locals didn't want the anthropologists in the caves - not out of respect to their land or heritage but as usual - for money. They'd sell off their cultural history for a few bucks when the dealer sells it for thousands to a collector.
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Another ripoff of the term "Shangri-La". My 2007 film "Finding Shangri-La" found the real life model for James Hilton's "Shangri-La" from his 1933 book "Lost Horizon", deep in Tibet, and proved it beyond question. Too bad PBS and National Geographic turned down showing the film for reasons known only to them. I guess they could not handle the truth.

Ted Vaill
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