The Mahabharata is a long Indian poem written during the second century AD. In it, there many accounts of battles among heroes. The striking thing about it is that it contains references to weapons that were not invented until this century.
The hero, Krishna, used arrows which were like santi-ballistic missiles. He also killed his enemy with a weapon like “smart bomb” which could seek out its target using sound waves. Some equipment referred to was so futuristic that it had not been invented yet. One character, for instance, flew around in vehicle which resembled a space-ship in modern science fiction.
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The most frightening part of the poem is the one that describes accurately an explosion almost similar to a nuclear explosion. It describes how the hero, Gurkha, threw a missile at three cities from his flying machine. The missile exploded, releasing “all the power of the universe”, destroying every living thing in the cities and causing the smoke to rise up in a single column.
The poem also contains descriptions of what seems like the effects of nuclear radiation. Hair and nails fell out, food was contaminated and people threw themselves into water, desperately trying to wash off the poison.
The accuracy of the descriptions shows the poet’s vision of the terrible weapons we possess today.
Glosssary The Mahabharata
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