Are Ancient Gods Actually Aliens?
Ancient Aliens - Chariots of the Gods
|Ancient Aliens - Chariots of the Gods
Are Ancient Gods Actually Aliens?
Since the dawn of time, stargazers have looked to the sky wondering if
earth has had heavenly visitors.
people believe that aliens have been among us for thousands of years.
They were our creators and we believed them to be gods.
Proponents in ancient astronaut often maintain that humans are either
descendants or creations of beings who landed on Earth thousands of
The evidence is said to include archaeological artifacts that they argue are anachronistic or beyond the presumed technical capabilities of the historical cultures with which they are associated (sometimes referred to as "Out-of-place artifacts"); and artwork and legends which are interpreted as depicting extraterrestrial contact or technologies.
Out-of-place artifact is a term coined by American naturalist and cryptozoologist Ivan T. Sanderson for an object of historical, archaeological, or paleontological interest found in a very unusual or seemingly impossible context that could challenge conventional historical chronology.
These ideas are generally discounted by the academic community.
Academic researchers in related disciplines generally maintain that there is no evidence to support the proposals of ancient astronauts.
Scientists investigate ancient ruins,
artifacts, and texts from around the world exploring the possibility of
previous extraterrestrial visits and the plausibility of future
In modern times, the first UFO was reported in 1947.
But many people
believe that aliens have been among us for thousands of years. And for
evidence, they point to certain ancient texts and monuments.
Do they, in
fact, tell the story of extraterrestrial contact eons ago?
Join the worlds leading UFO experts including the authors of the
bestselling Alien Identities and Fingerprints of the Gods for an
extraordinary investigation that journeys through human history in
search of evidence of alien contact.
Why do so many structures, from different
societies worldwide, seem to point towards the same spot in the skies?
What other possible explanation is there for the frequent references to
strange flying objects in ancient texts? Do some clues point to the
presence of aliens among the ancients themselves?
With dramatic re-creations, footage from around the world and inspired
scholarship, 'Ancient Aliens' attempts to uncover the truth.
According to certain authors, intelligent extraterrestrial beings called ancient astronauts
or ancient aliens have visited Earth, and this contact is connected
with the origins or development of human cultures, technologies, and
A common variant of the idea include proposals that deities from most,
if not all, religions are actually extraterrestrials, and their
technologies were taken as evidence of their divine status.
These proposals have been popularized, particularly in the latter half
of the 20th century, by writers Erich von Däniken, Zecharia Sitchin,
Robert K. G. Temple, and David Icke.
Ancient astronauts have been widely used as a plot device in science
fiction, but the idea that ancient astronauts actually existed is not
taken seriously by most academics, and has received little or no
credulous attention in peer reviewed studies.
Proponents in ancient astronaut often maintain that humans are either
descendants or creations of beings who landed on Earth thousands of
years ago. An associated idea is that much of human knowledge, religion,
and culture came from extraterrestrial visitors in ancient times, in
that ancient astronauts acted as a “mother culture”.
Ancient Aliens - The Visitors
The episode proposes that alien visitations have occurred around the
globe, and cites as evidence.
Claims that the Dogon people were given
galactic knowledge by a star god the Hopi and Zuni celebrations of
Kachinas (or "gods from the sky") that are symbolized with headdress
that are said to resemble modern space helmets and that the Chinese
Huangdi was a Han leader who came to Earth on a yellow dragon which is
suggested to have been a metaphor for a spaceship.
Certain researchers investigating the Dogon have reported that they seem to possess advanced astronomical knowledge, the nature and source of which has subsequently become embroiled in controversy.
From 1931 to 1956 the French anthropologist Marcel Griaule studied the Dogon. This included field missions ranging from several days to two months in 1931, 1935, 1937 and 1938 and then annually from 1946 until 1956. In late 1946 Griaule spent a consecutive thirty-three days in conversations with the Dogon wiseman Ogotemmêli, the source of much of Griaule and Dieterlen's future publications.
They reported that the Dogon believe that the brightest star in the sky, Sirius, has two companion stars, pō tolo, and ęmmę ya tolo, respectively the first and second companions of Sirius A. Sirius, in the Dogon system, formed one of the foci for the orbit of a tiny star, the companionate Digitaria star.
When Digitaria is closest to Sirius, that star brightens: when it is farthest from Sirius, it gives off a twinkling effect that suggests to the observer several stars. The orbit cycle takes 60 years. They also claimed that the Dogon appeared to know of the rings of Saturn, and the moons of Jupiter.
Griaule and Dieterlen were puzzled by this Sudanese star system, and prefaced their analysis with the following remark: The problem of knowing how, with no instruments at their disposal, men could know the movements and certain characteristics of virtually invisible stars has not been settled, nor even posed.
Return of Descendants of Ancient Humans
include the idea that civilization may have evolved on Earth twice, and
that the visitation of ancient astronauts may reflect the return of
descendants of ancient humans whose population was separated from
These ideas are generally discounted
by the academic community.
Proponents argue that the evidence for
ancient astronauts comes from supposed gaps in historical and
archaeological records, and they also maintain that absent or incomplete
explanations of historical or archaeological data point to the
existence of ancient astronauts.
The evidence is said to include
archaeological artifacts that they argue are anachronistic or beyond the
presumed technical capabilities of the historical cultures with which
they are associated (sometimes referred to as "Out-of-place artifacts");
and artwork and legends which are interpreted as depicting
extraterrestrial contact or technologies.
Mainstream academics, when they
comment at all on such proposals, have responded that gaps in
contemporary knowledge of the past need not demonstrate that such
speculative ancient astronaut ideas are a necessary, or even plausible,
conclusion to draw.
Academic researchers in related disciplines
generally maintain that there is no evidence to support the proposals of
ancient astronauts or paleocontact. Francis Crick, the co-discoverer of
the double helix structure of DNA, however strongly believed in what he
called panspermia, the concept that earth was 'seeded' with life,
probably in the form of bluegreen algae, by intelligent extraterrestrial
species, for the purpose of ensuring life's continuity.
that this could have been done on any number of planets of this class,
possibly using unmanned shuttles. He talks at length about this theory
in his book Life Itself.
There is evidence that suggests we experienced 20th century alien
contact. In 1942, the Battle of Los Angeles involved the US military and
Air Defense allegedly fighting a UFO.
WWII Allied Air Force planes were
buzzed by balls of light that some think could have been
And the alleged crash of a flying saucer in Roswell,
New Mexico in 1947 propelled the world into the age of UFOs.
decades, some people have been searching for the sounds of
extraterrestrial intelligence, while others have been sending messages
out into deep space. What would happen if aliens answered... or came
What protocols exist to determine who would speak on behalf of
mankind, and how might we communicate? What happens if they return? Some
believe they already have.
Ancient Aliens and Closer Encounters
of encounters with strange beings and sightings of mysterious objects
in the sky have occurred throughout history.
A 13th century historical
book, Otia Imperialia, includes an account of a creature descending from
a flying craft over Bristol, England.
The log from Christopher
Columbus' first voyage to America contains a report of strange lights in
Medieval art pieces depict disc-shaped objects floating in the
of flying cigar-shaped crafts were reported during the Black Plague.
And there were even discussions of extraterrestrial life among America's
Founding Fathers. Could these sightings, coming from every part of the
world, from biblical times to present day, be evidence that aliens have
been with us all along?
Erich von Däniken was a leading proponent of this theory in the late 1960s and early 1970s, gaining a large audience through the 1968 publication of his best-selling book Chariots of the Gods? and its sequels.
Certain artifacts and monumental constructions are claimed by von Däniken to have required a more sophisticated technological ability in their construction than that which was available to the ancient cultures who constructed them. Von Däniken maintains that these artifacts were constructed either directly by extraterrestrial visitors or by humans who learned the necessary knowledge from said visitors.
Dogū are small humanoid and animal figurines made during the late Jōmon period (14,000 –400 BCE) of prehistoric Japan.
These include Stonehenge, Pumapunku, the Moai of Easter Island, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the ancient Baghdad electric batteries.
Von Däniken claims that ancient art and iconography throughout the world illustrates air and space vehicles, non-human but intelligent creatures, ancient astronauts, and artifacts of an anachronistically advanced technology.
Von Däniken also claims that geographically separated historical cultures share artistic themes, which he argues imply a common origin. One such example is von Däniken's interpretation of the sarcophagus lid recovered from the tomb of the Classic-era Maya ruler of Palenque, Pacal the Great.
Von Däniken claimed the design represented a seated astronaut, whereas the iconography and accompanying Maya text identifies it as a portrait of the ruler himself with the World Tree of Maya mythology.
The origins of many religions are interpreted by von Däniken as reactions to encounters with an alien race. According to his view, humans considered the technology of the aliens to be supernatural and the aliens themselves to be gods.
Von Däniken claims that the oral and written traditions of most religions contain references to alien visitors in the way of descriptions of stars and vehicular objects travelling through air and space.
One such is Ezekiel's revelation in the Old Testament, which Däniken interprets as a detailed description of a landing spacecraft. Von Däniken's theories became popularized in the U.S. after the NBC-TV documentary In Search Of Ancient Astronauts hosted by Rod Serling and the movie Chariots of the Gods.
Critics argue that von Däniken misrepresented data, that many of his claims were unfounded, and that none of his core claims have been validated.
In Search of Ancient Astronauts
In their 1966 book Intelligent Life in the Universe
astrophysicists I.S. Shklovski and Carl Sagan devote a chapter to
arguments that scientists and historians should seriously consider the
possibility that extraterrestrial contact occurred during recorded
However, Shklovski and Sagan stressed that these ideas were speculative
Shklovski and Sagan argued that sub-lightspeed
interstellar travel by extraterrestrial life was a certainty when
considering technologies that were established or feasible in the late
'60s; that repeated instances of extraterrestrial visitation to Earth
were plausible; and that pre-scientific narratives can offer a
potentially reliable means of describing contact with outsiders.
Additionally, Shklovski and Sagan cited tales of Oannes, a fishlike
being attributed with teaching agriculture, mathematics, and the arts to
early Sumerians, as deserving closer scrutiny as a possible instance of
paleocontact due to its consistency and detail.
In his 1979 book Broca's Brain, Sagan suggested that he and Shklovski
might have inspired the wave of '70s ancient astronaut books, expressing
disapproval of "von Däniken and other uncritical writers" who seemingly
built on these ideas not as guarded speculations but as "valid evidence
of extraterrestrial contact."
Sagan argued that while many legends, artifacts and purported
out-of-place artifacts were cited in support of ancient astronaut
theories, "very few require more than passing mention" and could be
easily explained with more conventional theories. Sagan also reiterated
his earlier conclusion that extraterrestrial visits to Earth were
possible but unproven, and perhaps improbable.
Evidence of our Gods
Evidence for ancient astronauts is claimed to include the existence of
ancient monuments and megalithic ruins such as the Giza pyramids of
Egypt, Machu Picchu in Peru, or Baalbek in Lebanon, and the Moai of
Supporters contend these stone structures could not have been built with
the technical abilities and tools of the people of the time and further
argue that many could not be duplicated even today.
They suggest that the large size of the building stones, the precision
with which they were laid, and the distances many were transported
leaves the question open as to who constructed these sites. These
contentions are categorically rejected by mainstream archeology.
Some mainstream archeologists have participated in experiments to move
large megaliths. These experiments have succeeded in moving megaliths up
to at least 40 tons, and they have speculated that with a larger
workforce larger megaliths could be towed with ancient technology.
Such allegations are not unique in history, however, as similar
reasoning lay behind the wonder of the Cyclopean masonry walling at
Mycenaean cities in the eyes of Greeks of the following "Dark Age," who
believed that the giant Cyclopes had built the walls.
Mysteries of the Gods
|UFOs in the Bible
UFOs in the Bible was a special about possible paranormal
explanations for events that occurred in the bible. Beliefs in UFOs and
extraterrestrial has caused some biblical scholars to reassess the
stories in the bible.
The success of the special played a large role in the creation of the UFO themed documentary series UFO Files.
Some modern biblical scholars are beginning to take a new look at the
stories in the bible and see if there are possible extraterrestrial
The prophet Elijah was walking down the Jordan River when a chariot of
fire appeared. Some believe that this could be mistaken for a UFO.
Moses, too, might have been guided by alien protectors during the
exodus. When the Red Sea was parted during the exodus, some biblical
scholars think that it was in fact a UFO using its engines to spread the
Angels could be extraterrestrial beings. Peter was helped to escape from
jail by angels who came through the wall. This is similar to UFO
visitation stories of today. Abraham too ran into angels who told him
that his wife would become pregnant; this might be comparable to
supposed alien telepathy.
But most troubling of all is the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. One
theorist speculated that it was in fact destroyed by a UFO using nuclear
technology. Nevertheless, if belief in UFOs become more popular, it is
likely to change the way stories in the bible are perceived.
The characteristics of the Ark of the Covenant and the Urim and Thummim have been said to suggest high technology, perhaps from alien origins. Robert Dione and Paul Misraki published books in the 1960s claiming the events in the Bible were caused by alien technology.
Barry Downing, a Presbyterian minister wrote a book in 1968 claiming that Jesus was a extraterrestrial, citing (John 8: 23) and other biblical verses as evidence. Some ancient astronaut proponents such as Von Daniken and Barry Downing believe that the concept of hell in the Bible could be a real description of the planet Venus brought to earth by extraterrestrials showing photos of the hot surface on Venus to humans.
William Shatner explores the theory that the U.S. government is involved in a cover-up of visiting alien spacecraft.
on a book by Erich von Daniken, this documentary (Mysteries of the
Gods) contains evidence of extraterrestrial life here on earth.
Proof discovered through photographs taken by scientists and evidence of actual voyages found by archaeologists.
from the Peruvian Crystal Skull to the megalith structures in the
jungles of Southeast Asia is accepted as evidence for the AAS theory.
Cave drawings, old legends, Biblical stories and even some psychic
visions of late Jeane Dixon are understood as stone cold facts.
Däniken's reputation was still quite unspoiled at the time so all the
arguments (even the most far-fetched) are shown with a great confidence. Despite the proponents' own interpretations of ancient writings and artifacts, there has yet to be found any hard evidence to support the ancient astronaut hypothesis.
The Christian creationist community is highly critical of many of the ancient astronaut ideas, the young earth creationist author Clifford A. Wilson published Crash Go the Chariots in 1972 in which he attempted to discredit all claims made in Von Daniken's book Chariots of the Gods.
In a 2004 article in Skeptic magazine, Jason Colavito argues that von Däniken plagiarized many of the book's concepts from Le Matin des Magiciens, that this book in turn was heavily influenced by the Cthulhu Mythos, and that the core of the ancient astronaut theory originates in H. P. Lovecraft's short stories "The Call of Cthulhu" and "At the Mountains of Madness".