Why has the Daimabad Man foxed so many historians?




The Daimabad Man has foxed many historians and archaeologists since its discovery in 1974 by a local farmer, Chhabu Laxman Bhil. He found these artifacts while digging at the

base of a shrub in Daimabad village in Maharashtra.


The sculpture of a chariot, 45 cm long and 16 cm wide, yoked to two oxen, driven by a man 16 cm high standing on it is indeed very telling. (Bullock cart races featuring similar participants, are still held in Maharashtra and are quite popular)


The charioteer, interestingly, is wearing no garments, in the style of athletes in the ancient Olympics and there is a vertical projection in his lower abdomen suggesting a representation of a proto-phallic cult ("linga") perhaps even an early depiction of a deity that later became either Lord Shiva or Pashupati (Lord of the beasts). The mysterious sculpture of the Daimabad Man riding his chariot gives us a view into the life and beliefs of an advanced civilisation which have been fascinating researchers no end, without letting them onto its secrets. Daimabad is famous for the recovery of many bronze goods, some of which were influenced by the Harappan culture.