Sunday, December 18, 2011

Ancient Artifacts and Technology of Extraterrestrial/Alien Life - Erich von Däniken

Erich Anton Paul von Däniken (born April 14, 1935) is a Swiss author best known for his controversial claims about extraterrestrial influences on early human culture, in books such as Chariots of the Gods?, published in 1968. Däniken is one of the main figures responsible for popularizing the paleocontact and ancient astronaut hypotheses.

Däniken is a co-founder of the Archaeology, Astronautics and SETI Research Association (AAS RA), and designed the theme park, Mystery Park in Interlaken, Switzerland that first opened on 23 May 2003. His 26 books have been translated into more than 20 languages, selling more than 60 million copies worldwide, and his documentary TV shows have been viewed around the world.

This is an extremely rare TV re-edit of Harald Reinl's "Chariots of the Gods", based on the book by Erich Von Daniken, produced by Alan Landsburg, and narrated by the one and only Rod Serling. This was a sort of pilot for the later "In Search Of" television series (which was narrated by Leonard Nimoy).
Chariots of the Gods? Unsolved Mysteries of the Past is a book written in 1968 by Erich von Däniken. It involves the hypothesis that the technologies and religions of many ancient civilizations were given to them by space travelers who were welcomed as gods.

The types of evidence von Däniken cites can be categorized as follows:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 falling "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.
The tomb of Mayan ruler Pakal (603-683 CE) in Palenque, Mexico. Interpreted by von Däniken as depicting an astronaut in his spaceship.

Statue from the late Jōmon period (1000 - 400 BC) in Japan, interpreted by Daniken as depicting an alien visitor.

Return from the Stars is one of the better known science fiction novels of Stanisław Lem, the most famous Polish science-fiction author. Written in 1961, it revolves around the story of a cosmonaut returning to his homeworld, Earth, and finding it a completely different place than when he left. The novel touches among the ideas of alienation, culture shock and dystopias. It was translated into English in 1980.

Major Themes
Return from the Stars is one of Lem's several works focusing on utopia. Out of those, it is the least pessimistic about the consequences of technological progress and their effect on our sociocultural evolution. Even so, the depicted world is not perfect: in a pacified society, with no conflict, stress, and danger, Lem argues that humans will become unable to take any risks, to take initiative, commitment themselves to any serious tasks, and even lose the ability for self-assertion and for feeling strong emotions. Return from the Stars asks whether some sociocultural advances, like peace, are worth the price we may pay for losing part of our nature. Is a bland, safe world worth sacrificing that which may be gained with risk-taking?

The novel also anticipates electronic paper with its "opton", sometimes cited as the first published appearance of the idea of digital paper which can present various texts.

Chariots of the GODS
Did travelers from outer space visit Earth in our ancient past?

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In Search of Ancient Astronauts
Its the same content as the Chariots of God

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The Mysterious World - Search for Ancient Technology
by Erich.Von.Daniken

Erich von Däniken (b. Zofingen, Aargau, Switzerland, April 14, 1935) is the most successful Swiss author known for his books about extraterrestrial influence on human culture since prehistoric times. He is one of the key figures responsible for popularizing the paleocontact and ancient astronaut theories. There were several forerunners to von Däniken in the field but he is the best-known for his lifelong work. He sold over 62'000'000 books about these fascinating theories.

Von Däniken is a co-founder of the Archaeology, Astronautics and SETI Research Association (AAS RA). He has developed a great theme park called Mystery Park in Interlaken, Switzerland. A new television series based upon his books is under production.

Odyssey Of The Gods - Part 1 of 2
Ancient India

Odyssey Of The Gods - Part 2 of 2
Thousands of years ago ancient astronauts (gods) from other planets visited us. Tikal.

2012 and Crop Circles

Ancient Alien

Project Camelot meets Erich von Däniken

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