Buddhism rarely if ever gets into the international news unless it’s something bizarre or quirky or embarrassing. Well, its recent mention is certainly bizarre and quirky although thankfully not embarrassing. All the ideas the Nazis held were odious and twisted but the most harmless, although just as bizarre as the others, was the notion that the Aryan race originated somewhere in Central Asia; at least Heinrich Himmler thought this probable. In 1938 he financed an expedition to Tibet to find evidence of this. You can read the whole story as and see the photos the expedition took in Tibet – 1938-1939 (2007) edited by Isrun Engelhardt. Amongst the artefacts the expedition brought back was a statue made out of some unusual metal that looked something like aluminium. Now Prof. Elmar Buchner of the University of Stuttgart has determined that this statue was actually made from what astronomers refer to as the Chinga Meteorite which hit the Earth in what is now Mongolia some 150,000 years ago. This claim is based on an analysis of the metal in the statue and the fact that it was made in Mongolia before being imported into Tibet at some later date. News reports say the statue is 1000 years old which judging by its style is highly unlikely. Some reports say it is represents Vaisravana although it looks like some king or worrier to me. The Nazis in the expedition, and only Bruno Beger was a true believer, were probably attracted to the statue by the swastika on its chest.