HIDDEN HISTORY: Why is the Global Climatic Cataclysm of the Sixth Century Virtually Unheard Of? – By John Black

Source – ancient-origins.net

“…Numerous accounts from all over the world, written in the same period of time. In all cases, the sun was described as getting dimmer and losing its light…The reduction of the light resulted in the reduction of heat on the planet; no rain and a very long winter resulted in crop failures and for birds and other wildlife to perish, as Zacharias of Mytilene writes. Famine and plagues struck many areas and there were a huge number of deaths”

Why is the global climatic cataclysm of the sixth century virtually unheard of? – By John Black

“There was a sign from the sun, the like of which had never been seen and reported before. The sun became dark and its darkness lasted for 18 months. Each day, it shone for about four hours, and still this light was only a feeble shadow. Everyone declared that the sun would never recover its full light again – Historiae Ecclesiasticae”

Between the years 535 and 536, a series of major global climatic events that took place that could easily be described as a global cataclysm with catastrophic consequences. The above abstract is from the sixth century historian and church leader, John of Ephesus, in his historical work, Church Histories (‘Historiae Ecclesiasticae’).

John of Ephesus is not the only one that mentions this event. Procopius lived between 500 and 565 AD and he was a late antiquities scholar and one of the main historians of the 6 th century. He also refers to the strange behaviour of the sun and believed that it was a bad sign and the beginning of other events.

“… during this year a most dread portent took place. For the sun gave forth its light without brightness…and it seemed exceedingly like the sun in eclipse, for the beams it shed were not clear.,” – History of the Wars: The Vandalic War.

And we have yet another reference from the sixth century writer, Zacharias of Mytilene, who authored a chronicle that contains a section referring to the ‘Dark Sun’ for the period of 535/536 A.D.

The sun began to be darkened by day and the moon by night, while the ocean was tumultuous with spray from the 24th of March in this year till the 24th of June in the following year… And, as the winter was a severe one, so much so that from the large and unwonted quantity of snow the birds perished… there was distress… among men… from the evil things – Zacharias of Mytilene (Chronicle, 9.19, 10.1)

These three extracts are just a representative sample of numerous accounts from all over the world, written in the same period of time. In all cases, the sun was described as getting dimmer and losing its light. Many also described it as having a bluish colour. The effects were also observed with the moon – it wasn’t as bright anymore. The reduction of the light resulted in the reduction of heat on the planet; no rain and a very long winter resulted in crop failures and for birds and other wildlife to perish, as Zacharias of Mytilene writes. Famine and plagues struck many areas and there were a huge number of deaths.

In China and Japan, the event was also recorded in great detail. Massive droughts and thousands of deaths. The water wasn’t enough for the people and the land. Hundreds of thousands of square miles became infertile. In the Beishi chronicles, the official history of the Northern Dynasties, mentions that in 536, in the province of Xi’an, 80% of the population died and the survivors ate corpses to survive.
The catastrophic event struck Korea, the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Australia. While written records do not exist for all countries, archaeological and geological data revealed evidence of the climatic changes. Studies done on the trunks of trees, for example, showed that 536 AD had been the coldest in 1,500 years.

The important question in all of this is, why did it happen? While there are no definite answers, one theory that has been put forward is that there was a large asteroid or comet impact which landed in the sea (if it hit land there would be evidence of a crater). Geologist Dallas Abbott is one proponent of this view and bases his view on evidence that he found studying ice cores from Greenland. However, this wouldn’t explain the dim light of the sun, and no tsunamis have been recorded for this period, which would have occurred if an asteroid landed in the ocean.

Another theory that has been put forward is a gigantic volcanic eruption – the dust thrown up into the atmosphere could have caused the dimming of the light. One candidate is Krakatoa, located between the islands of Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. Indeed, the Book of the Ancient Kings or Pustaka Raja Purwa, written in 1869, describes an ancient volcano.

“There was a furious shaking of the earth, total darkness, thunder and lighting., Then came forth a furious gale together with torrential rain and a deadly storm darkened the entire world.”

… When the waters subsided it could be seen that the island of Java had been split into two, this creating the island of Sumatra.

However, this manuscript refers to the year 416 AD and not 535 AD. Nevertheless, the fact that it was written in the 19 th century could account for inaccuracies in the time reference.

Whether or not the answer will ever be found is unknown. It is unclear whether scientists are even continuing to pursue research on this event. One thing that is quite peculiar about this global cataclysm is that it is a very little known event. Why is it that this climatic event is not taught in schools? Why isn’t there a plethora of research examining it? Perhaps it is because it reminds us of our fragility as human beings and the fact that no matter how powerful and ‘advanced’ mankind becomes, we are still at the mercy of nature.

References
AD 536: The year that winter never ended
Global Cataclysm in 535 AD
Catastrophe: An investigation into the Origins of the Modern World, David Keys, Century, London

https://www.ancient-origins.net/unexplained-phenomena/why-global-climatic-cataclysm-sixth-century-virtually-unheard-001360

 

4 thoughts on “HIDDEN HISTORY: Why is the Global Climatic Cataclysm of the Sixth Century Virtually Unheard Of? – By John Black

  1. What if it wasn’t a natural disaster but a manufactured event that went terribly wrong and the memories of it were essentially wiped from man’s history? Reason? I can think of a few…

  2. This period is well enough known for 535AD to be counted as a boundary between The Roman Warming 500BC – 535AD & The Dark Ages 535AD – 900AD, following which we had the Medieval Warm Period (400 yrs) then the Little Ice Age (500yrs) till about 1850.

    The 1%s who own our Mainstream Media have tried to wipe out the MWP & LIA in order to try & make the 20th century warming look exceptional & dangerous.
    It was not.

    Grapes grew as far North as Hadrian’s Wall in Scotland during the MWP, & didn’t kill us. Previous warm & prosperous periods:
    Bolling – 14,700 – 13,900 BP (Before Present)
    Allerod – 13,600 – 12,900 BP
    Holocene Warming a – 11,600 – 8,500 BP
    Etc Etc Etc

    The climate has always changed, man made CO2 has naff all to do with it.
    It’s a huge fraud.

    Climatologist Dr. Tim Ball has won one court case & is well on his way to winning his second, against Michael Mann, the fraud who tried to wipe out about 1,000 years of history, the MWP & the LIA.

    His little 121 page handbook:
    Human Caused Global Warming The Biggest Deception In History.
    Great.
    His website:
    http://www.drtimball.ca

    John Doran.

    • Science is like religion. For every science that proves one thing there’s another that disproves it. Is the truth somewhere in the middle? Who knows. Should climate change be ignored, or should we, at the very least, test the waters to see if we are the perpetrators, partially responsible, or floating along on a process we have no control over? No doubt that much of the climate change bell warning is done by those who wish to profit from the tactic but that’s the name of the game for everything isn’t it? The only way to find out how much, if at all, man is responsible for climate change is to change how we interact with the planet. That is neither an economic nor political decision but an ethical one. Our current lifestyle is killing thousands of species. It is destroying the seas and threatening both arable lands and potable water. I think that a wise choice would be to look at these things and find solutions, with or without climate change as a sure thing or a bugaboo. The problem isn’t climate change, it’s our attitude towards the planet and those “others” that share it with us… or try to.

      • Science advances by disproof: if something is disproved it is no longer accepted as scientific fact. Your opening sentence is drivel, nonsense. Name me one example.

        Name me one example of the thousands of species we are killing.

        Another book which might save you from such outpourings of over-emotional tripe: The Ultimate Resource 2, by economist Julian Simon, who took money off arch-doomster Paul Ehrlich.

        John Doran.

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