Terrible mysteries in the Amazon jungle

The surface of the Amazon forest covers up to 7 million square kilometers, this place is known as the largest “green lung” of the planet. The world’s largest tropical rainforest hides many inexplicable and terrifying secrets. It is feared that the Amazon forest fire disaster may bury the terrible mysteries that exist in this forest.

If you’ve seen the 2016 film The Lost City of Z , you’ll know about Percival Fawcett, the brave British explorer of Amazonia who disappeared (with his son and another team member) in 1925 on one of his adventures.

His story weaves many true stories of his day, and although he almost certainly died in the Amazon by accident, disease, or at the hands of an indigenous tribe he offended ( writer and adventurer Hugh Thomson wrote in the Washington Post that Fawcett allegedly stole the canoe).

Many expeditions have been made in search of him, and occasional reports of a white man in the rainforest will revive the story for decades.

Although Fawcett lacked experience in forging relationships with local tribes, he proved to be very sensitive to the tastes of British readers. At that time, he seemed to have filmed a number of movies and made a reportage about wild life in the Amazon forest. These precious footage helped him earn extra money to pay for his next adventures in the jungle.

Terrible mysteries in the Amazon jungle
Image of Maricoxi reported by Fawcett. (Photo: IT)

One of Fawcett’s fascinating stories is about the Maricoxi, a tribe of hairy creatures. They threatened his expedition with bows and arrows. Fawcett is said to have encountered Maricoxi in the forests of South America in 1914. These creatures live in the northern Maxubi tribe, communicate through growls and are especially unfriendly to humans. human.

According to reports, the creatures of this tribe can be up to 3.7m tall, quite intelligent when they can use bows and arrows, even living in villages. There are also records that, when the Maricoxi appeared in their hairy form, the stench emanating from their bodies made the explorers headache, dizzy and immediately disoriented. .

And the disappearance without a trace of the explorer Fawcett and his colleagues is widely believed to be due to the Maricoxi tribe.

In addition to Maricoxi, the Amazon jungle contains many other terrible mysteries, the obsession of many explorers, that is, isolated tribes. According to statistics, there are about one million indigenous people living in the Amazon rainforest. There are about 400 tribes, most of whom have been in contact with outsiders for hundreds of years. They hunted, fished, and farmed, and had access to Western education and medicine.

Terrible mysteries in the Amazon jungle
Strange drawings in the Amazon forest seen from above.

But a small number of tribes remain isolated. Although they are often referred to as the unaffected, most isolated tribes actually know about outsiders and choose to keep their distance because they avoid destruction, killing, and spreading their diseases. outsiders to their tribe.

In July 2018, Brazilian authorities secretly recorded the sole survivor of a tribe whose other members have been killed by farmers since 1995. To help him survive At present, the government man left him some seeds and agricultural tools.

The Amazon jungle gets its name from a Spanish soldier named Francisco de Orellana. In 1541, de Orellana was the first European to explore the area and reached the mouth of the river in 1542.

He returned to Spain with stories of the gold and cinnamon he found there. But he was also attacked by tribes trying to defend their territory. Impressed by the fierceness and fierceness of the natives here, Orellana called them the Amazons – a reference to the female warriors in Greek mythology. And since then, whenever it comes to this large geographical area in South America, people call it the Amazon.