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The ancient religious epic of India called the Mahabharata attributed to the sage Vyasa, was written down from 540 to 300 B.C. It is seven times the length of the Iliad and the Odyssey combined according to one site ) and contains the lines:
...(it was) a single projectile
Charged with all the power of the Universe.
An incandescent column of smoke and flame
As bright as the thousand suns
Rose in all its splendor...
...it was an unknown weapon,
An iron thunderbolt,
A gigantic messenger of death,
Which reduced to ashes
The entire race of the Vrishnis and the Andhakas.
...The corpses were so burned
As to be unrecognizable.
The hair and nails fell out;
Pottery broke without apparent cause,
And the birds turned white.
After a few hours
All foodstuffs were infected...
....to escape from this fire
The soldiers threw themselves in streams
To wash themselves and their equipment.
* Berlitz, Charles, Mysteries of Forgotten Worlds, Doubleday, New York, 1972.
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