Gods in Chariots?

Vanessa Barklay

Ravenshoe, Australia

Artist's Description

The other week I managed to pick up an early copy of Erich Von Daniken’s infamous book Chariots of the Gods, for 20c, bargain. I believe lots of men and hard work built the pyramids, however, many think their was some kind of alien intervention in their construction, which I guess, is something one thinks might be a viable alternative, it would have been one hell of a job for any amount of men.

I’ve seen the websites with pictures of what looks like flying saucers in the backgrounds, very odd but in the end appear to be interpretations of stars, planets and Gods. It can bend your mind reading this stuff and really have you thinking about how rational you consider life to be…

The types of evidence von Däniken cites can be categorized as follows:

The tomb of Mayan ruler Pakal (603-683 CE) in Palenque, Mexico. Interpreted by von Däniken as depicting an astronaut in his spaceship.The existence of structures and artifacts have been found which represent higher technological knowledge than is presumed to have existed at the times they were manufactured. Däniken maintains that these artifacts were produced either by extraterrestrial visitors or by humans who learned the necessary knowledge from them. Such artifacts include the Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge, and the Moai of Easter Island. Further examples include a medieval map known as the Piri Reis Map, allegedly showing the Earth as it is seen from space, and the Nazca lines in Peru, which he explains as landing strips for an airfield.

Statue from the late Jōmon period (1000 – 400 BC) in Japan, interpreted by Daniken as depicting an alien visitor.Interpretations of ancient artwork throughout the world as depictions of astronauts, air and space vehicles, extraterrestrials, and complex technology. Däniken also describes elements that he believes are similar in art of unrelated cultures.

The Nazca lines (200 BCE – 700 CE) in Peru, interpreted by Daniken as landing strips for alien visitors.Explanations for the origins of religions as reactions to contact with an alien race, including interpretations of the Old Testament of the Bible. According to von Däniken, humans considered the technology of the aliens to be supernatural and the aliens themselves to be gods. Däniken asks if the oral and literal traditions of most religions contain references to visitors from stars and vehicles travelling through air and space. These, he says, should be interpreted as literal descriptions which have changed during the passage of time and become more obscure. Examples such as: Ezekiel’s revelation in Old Testament, which he interprets as a detailed description of a landing spacecraft with angels in the likeness of man. Moses and the directions ‘God’ gave him to construct the Ark of the Covenant, which is assumed to be a communication device with an alien race. Lot and his extended family being ordered by human like ‘angels’ to go to the mountains, due to the destruction of the city of Sodom by God. His wife looked back at the possible nuclear explosion, and fell “dead on the spot”. Däniken attempts to draw an analogy with the “cargo cults” that formed during and after World War II, when once-isolated tribes in the South Pacific mistook the advanced American and Japanese soldiers for gods.

Chariots of the Gods – Wiki







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