10. Underwater worlds - Guest Teyha - For the love of history

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Dogu figure on display at Jomon Musée Guimet

Do small statues found in Japan indicate that sushi, tea and kimonos originate from otherworldly beings. 

Atlantis, according to Plato this mythic land would be outside the pillars of Heracles, but could he have been wrong?

Did aliens try to contact us in Japan by drifting ashore in a hollow boat in 1803 with a box some might say contained a super computer?

Our host Fredrik continues the mission to discover what is genuine, fake, and somewhere in between on the TV-show Ancient Aliens. In this episode we will start our journey into season 2 and an episode about underwater worlds. So put on that scuba gear and let’s dive straight on to it.

We are joined this week by none other than Tehya (TK) from “For the love of history”. Podcaster by night, teacher by day and former Atlantis hunter. Her knowledge about Japanese history is amazing and she provides this episode with a lot of great knowledge nuggets.

If you want to hear more from Tehya you can find her podcast on Apple, Amazon, Google Podcast or any other player. You can follow her on Instagram, twitter or check out her patreon. According to signals from outer space there might also be a website that you find right here.

We did talk about a painting in the episode and it did turn out to be an old school poster. Unfortunately it’s not within the public domain but it can be found here if you are curious. 

In this water themed episode we did cover these little topics:


Bermuda Triangel

Yonaguni monument


Dogu figures

Jamon Culture

India's sunken cities

Lake Titicaca’s sunken temple

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