Is it possible that in ancient times people lived longer than 200 years?
Is it possible that in ancient times people lived longer than 200 years? Mention about people who lived 900 years and more, not only in the Bible. Ancient texts belonging to different cultures, speaking of the elders, the age of which modern man seems quite impossible. Some explain it with the errors of translation, others argue that the numbers for our ancestors had a purely symbolic value. However, each of these arguments is always the number of arguments, giving historians reason to make a cautious guess: and suddenly and truth over the last Millennium, the human life span has decreased so much?
One possible explanation is that in ancient times the territory of the Middle East the concept of year could be very different from what we understand a year today. Perhaps the ancients called a year a cycle of the moon (i.e. one month), and not the time in which the Earth revolves around the Sun (i.e. 12 months).
If we adopt this theory, it turns out that Adam lived for 930, and much more acceptable to our consciousness of 77 years. However, it would appear that he became a father at the age of 11. And Enoch begot Methuselah, and all in five years. Similar inconsistencies arise when attempting to represent the ancient year, for example, as what we call a season. Does not work the most likely pattern for any other attempt to compare the age of the people of the ancient texts with certain models of modern people’s life (for example, when dividing this age by a certain number).
Two ancient documents, belonging to different cultures, the Bible and the List of kings of Sumer and Akkad (composed about four thousand years ago), the life expectancy of some of the characters of which reaches several thousand years. In both texts, according to analysts, was used the squares of the numbers.
In both documents it is possible to trace a marked reduction in life expectancy over time. List of kings of Sumer and Akkad, in addition, separates the reign before and after the Flood. The kings who ruled before the Flood lived much longer though and after life expectancy reached several hundreds of years, and even passed for one thousand.
The Bible also observed a gradual decline in life expectancy – from Adam (930 years) and Noah (500 years) to Abraham (175 years).
Specialist Brandeis University ( Massachusetts, USA) analyzed the age, which, according to the List of kings of Sumer and Akkad, lived rulers after the Flood. He noticed that age lived the longest life on this piece the king named ETANA (1560 years old) is a sum of ages of his two predecessors. Some of the figures seem to be obtained by simply multiplying by 60. Other major figures represent the squares are much more believable numbers: 900 – that’s 30 squared; 625 is 25 squared; 400 is 20 squared.
On the other hand, according to the conclusions of the expert from Texas Arthur Mendez, the rate of decline in the life expectancy of the characters from ancient documents after a Flood comparable to the speed of the extinction of organisms that have been exposed to radiation or toxic substances.
Perceptions of the longevity ancient in other cultures, including Chinese and Persian
In ancient China, super-longevity was also commonplace, according to many texts. According to the records of the medical books that the doctor named Xiu the Crown of the Qin dynasty lived to be 300 years old. Ki-Yul of the late Han dynasty died 280 years ago, a Taoist monk hue Cao – 290 years, and so on. And in our times, a Chinese doctor named Luo Mingshan from Sichuan happily lived to be 124 years old.
In China they say that the key of the Eastern longevity is to “nourish life.” And here it is not only about proper nutrition of the body, but also to still take care of the food for mind and soul.
Even now, according to some accounts, people live up to 150 years and even longer. However, as a rule, reports of centenarians come from sparsely populated regions, where the documentation is somehow. Now in the remote villages of the documents is given even less attention than a century ago, so to prove the claimed age of centenarians is very difficult.
One survivor lives in a remote village of Nepal, and his name is Narayan Chaudhary. In 1996, he claimed that he was 141 years. If this is true, Chaudhary for the last 20 years broke the record listed in the Guinness Book of records. But to prove that the survivor could not – no he has no documents. The only evidence that he has the collective memory of his native village. Almost all the old timers in the area remember Chaudhary in his childhood, and even then he was a very old man. According to local residents, in 1888, this man already worked – took part in the first in the country survey. According to their estimates, at the time he was supposed to be no less than 21 years of age. Sam Chaudhary says that in that year he was 33 and he was a confirmed bachelor.
In the Caucasus, too, there are a lot of old people, say that im more than 170 years, but these assertions it is impossible neither to confirm, nor to refute, because any documents they have. As a rule, people who from their youth until old age lived very modestly and slowly, day by day did hard physical work, often outdoors. They ate simple food and was always surrounded by numerous relatives.
Questions of faith
In China, the followers of Taoism attributed the longevity of the “inner alchemy,” a harmony between body and mind. It was believed that God gave the ancient more time for their outstanding virtues, and the food in Vremea more suited for long life.
Modern researchers can either believe or in what ancient records and the collective memory of the remote villages do indicate incomprehensible to us lifetime of the ancient, or look for figures of ancient documents, the symbolism, the flaws in the translation or exaggeration. For many, the longevity of our ancestors still remains a matter of faith.