The oil lamp on the mountain burned for more than 600 years without going out, the secret was "revealed" by tourists.

Kim LâmApr 10, 2024 at 18:58

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At Wudang Mountain (China), legends related to oil lamps that have burned for 600 years without going out always attract everyone's curiosity. Until a secret was revealed by tourists here that surprised the public.

China is a country with a very large area, of course there are countless scenic spots. Through swordplay dramas, some mountains are better known, including Wudang Mountain (also known as Taihe Mountain) in Shiyan city, northwest of Hubei province, in Hai Bat tourist complex.

This is considered a "holy land" and the cradle of martial arts of Taoism and Tai Chi in the country of billions of people. Every year, this place attracts thousands of visitors to study, practice, worship and feel the religious colors.

The oil lamp on the mountain burned for more than 600 years without going out, the secret was revealed by tourists. - Photo 1

Besides, through martial arts dramas, this mountain has become even more famous and has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hubei province not only thanks to its pristine, fairy-like scenery. scene but also because it is associated with many secrets that make posterity curious. One of them is the legend related to oil lamps that have burned for 600 years and never turned off.

That is also the reason why they want to set foot on this mountain to be able to witness the eternal light with their own eyes as well as learn about the secret hidden behind it. Even though hundreds of years have passed, people still do not understand why that legendary lamp still burns brightly without once being extinguished.

The oil lamp on the mountain burned for more than 600 years without going out, the secret was revealed by tourists. - Photo 2

As the story spread, many experts poured their attention and efforts into research, hoping to decode the mystery of this legend. However, after many efforts, they concluded that the oil lamp was nothing special, just an ordinary oil lamp. However, the question r.emains, why could it burn continuously for 600 years?

The oil lamp on the mountain burned for more than 600 years without going out, the secret was revealed by tourists. - Photo 3

Experts say that the eternal light on Wudang Mountain is similar to the light in the tomb of King Qin Shi Huang. This lamp is powered by mackerel oil, a fuel that burns easily but is difficult to extinguish. The lamp is also specially designed so that the fish fat that flows out falls back into the container, thereby being able to be reused endlessly. Furthermore, the temples here are also designed with windproof chambers, creating closed spaces that help the oil lamps not be affected by the wind from outside. However, no matter how miraculous the mackerel oil was, the fire could not be maintained for 600 years. Therefore, the secret of these lights remained unknown to science until it was accidentally discovered by tourists who came here.

The oil lamp on the mountain burned for more than 600 years without going out, the secret was revealed by tourists. - Photo 4

In fact, some tourists visiting Wudang Mountain have "revealed" this secret. It turns out that in the temple there are monks who are responsible for keeping the fire alive. They regularly add oil and change the wicks of the lamps to keep the fire alive for a long time. Some tourists said they witnessed this with their own eyes.

Thus, a "legend" that has been spread for many years has been modified and exaggerated, changing the nature of the incident. This is also the reason why experts cannot solve this mystery using scientific methods but has been decoded by tourists.

When discovering this secret, many tourists were quite disappointed because this famous "legend" turned out to have been exaggerated and changed the nature of the incident.

The oil lamp on the mountain burned for more than 600 years without going out, the secret was revealed by tourists. - Photo 5

Talking more about the mysterious eternal lamp in Qin Shi Huang's tomb, when it was discovered, archaeologists were horrified because it was always burning brightly, as if it had never been extinguished for thousands of years despite being in the environment. dark and damp for thousands of years underground so deep. The bright lights are considered "soldiers" guarding the emperor's eternal sleep.

The oil lamp on the mountain burned for more than 600 years without going out, the secret was revealed by tourists. - Photo 6

These very unscientific-sounding lamps are actually not only found in Qin Shi Huang's tomb. In some other ancient tombs in China or even foreign countries such as Egypt and Greece, people have also recorded the existence of "eternal lamps". Initially, they were also thought to be rumored and untrue details. But later, many facts proved that this eternal light exists. Appearing in ancient tombs makes them tinged with spirituality and mystery.

The oil lamp on the mountain burned for more than 600 years without going out, the secret was revealed by tourists. - Photo 7

A theory has been put forward for a long time that the lights that never go out are lit from a special material, whale blubber, not regular wax candles. There are records in ancient Chinese books that whale fat was once used for lighting because it is extremely durable. Besides, the lamp is also specially designed so that the whale blubber that flows out falls into the tank, thereby being able to be reused endlessly. However, this explanation was later rejected a lot because wanting the lamp to burn for a thousand years is still unreasonable.

After centuries of debate, an American chemist named Simon Affik finally published a study that received a lot of agreement from archaeologists and scientists around the world to explain the lamp. the eternal. Affik spent 30 years conducting research and performed 700 experiments to get the final answer.

The oil lamp on the mountain burned for more than 600 years without going out, the secret was revealed by tourists. - Photo 8

In 700 experiments, Affik tried all kinds of fuels, adjusting different ratios to create a special fuel made from white phosphorus mixed with other combustibles. This new type of substance is highly flammable, can spontaneously burn and is difficult to evaporate. In the past, when building tombs, ancestors used lamps made of this substance to light the way. When the tomb is closed, the oxygen is gradually depleted and the light will turn off automatically.

The key point is that when the tomb door is opened, the oxygen in the air flies in and the light is once again turned on. After all, there is no eternal light as people mistakenly think, only self-luminous lamps. Those who entered later did not know that the light had gone out long before they entered the tomb, so they had the illusion that the light had been burning for thousands of years.

The oil lamp on the mountain burned for more than 600 years without going out, the secret was revealed by tourists. - Photo 9

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