A mystery lake in Arunachal Pradesh is being called the ‘Bermuda Triangle of India’. The mystifying water body at the India – Myanmar border called ‘Lake of No Return’ or ‘Nuan Yang’ is doing rounds on the web.
This 1.4 km long and 0.8 km wide water body, situated 2.5km southwest of Ledo Road plays an important part in the development of tourism in the Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh, which borders Myanmar and is home to the region’s Tangsa community.
Legend has it that several allied aircraft crash-landed into the lake during World War II and the story was both carried by the Indian press as well as fictional stories, which led to its popularity.
The American Tale
An American author Brendan I Koerner, in his book, Now the Hell Will Start: One Soldier’s Flight from the Greatest manhunt of World War II, wrote about a US serviceman Herman Perry who fled into the jungle on the Ledo Road and ended up marrying into the Tangsa tribe (Subset of Naga tribe). “The Americans called it the Lake of No Return, on account of all the crashed planes concealed in its depths,” wrote the author.
A group of Japanese soldiers returning from a battle lost their way and ended up at the lake, claims another popular tale and many more such stories narrated a similar account. The Japanese soldiers were stricken by Malaria and died there which was how the lake got its name, some say.
US Army Soldiers
A third story mentions that some US Army soldiers working on the Ledo Road were sent to examine the lake after which they got trapped by the undergrowth and perished, trying to escape.
There is also a British tale where retreating British troops reportedly got stuck and lost in quicksand in 1942 in the same area.
The ten lost tribes of Israel
According to another story, ten lost tribes of Israel still hide near the Lake of No Return. An unknown author had made claims that he saw the name of the lake in a document authored by one of the ten lost tribes of Israel.
According to an ancient tale, 10 of the 12 Hebrew tribes took possession of Canaan (the promised land) after the death of Moses. These tribes were Asher, Dan, Ephraim, Gad, Issachar, Manasseh, Naphtali, Reuben, Simeon and Zebulun, all sons and grandsons of Jacob. The tribes gradually assimilated with the crowd and disappeared following the conquest of the northern kingdom by Assyrians in 721 BC, and a belief persisted that one day, the tribes would be found.
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