Many around the world believe that intelligent extraterrestrial beings visited earth in antiquity and made contact with humans. While there is enough evidence to support this theory, readers of Erich Von Daniken’s book Chariot of the Gods? are the most convinced of the notion that alien travelers instigated mankind’s traditions. In his book, he claims that the first UFOs to visit the Earth landed during the prehistoric era, and those beings that descended from the sky were really the ones liable for the intelligence of our ancient ancestors. The legends of Lemuria, Atlantis, and Nazca all have aspects that influence intergalactic relationships, and Daniken’s bold insinuations have stimulated many similar theories which link our history with visits from ancient astronauts.
Throughout his early life, Daniken had always been fascinated by ancient holy writings and artifacts, but it was during his time managing a business in Switzerland that he wrote his initial and most famous book, Chariots of the Gods?. The book looked at concrete evidence which supported a theory that prehistoric Man did not possess the ability to create their own civilizations. He stated that ancient astronauts had arrived on the planet and instituted our ancient ancestors’ culture, knowledge, and traditions. By precisely choosing data from scientific, biological, religious, historical, mythical, and even some fictional sources, Daniken constructed a captivating argument. Inevitably, there are many experts who dispute his contentious statements.
Daniken also claimed that the Ark of the Covenant was made as a super electric capacitor, when in all actuality, its design is totally unsuitable. Interestingly, he stated that the famous Nazca Lines were runways for alien spacecraft, but failed to consider the possibility that they might have some affiliation to the native Nazca culture. One example of Daniken’s evidence was pottery said to date back to the Biblical times. These ancient pots contained pictures of UFOs painted on their sides. Although, there are those who continually insist on refuting his argument, Daniken believes these individuals will irrationally refuse to believe anything unless tangible evidence is presented.
Since the publication of Daniken’s book, challenging and corresponding theories about similar subjects have emerged. In his 1976 book, The Sirius Mystery, Robert Temple argues that the Dogon people of northwestern Mali preserved a tradition of contact with extraterrestrial visitors from the Sirius-star system which dates back to over five centuries. The alien beings are said to have taught the arts of civilization to humans, and are claimed to have originated from the same star systems that the Egyptian Pharaohs, the mythology of Greek civilization, and the Epic of Gilgamesh came from. The book centers on the mystery of how the Dogon acquired knowledge of Sirius B, the white dwarf companion star to Sirius A, which is invisible to the naked eye. Carl Sagan had found discrepancies in Robert Temple’s hypothesis, as the Dogon people seem to have no knowledge of another planet beyond Saturn, as he insisted their knowledge came from European sources, not extraterrestrial.
A more controversial theory was written in 1994 by Robert Bauval and Adrian Gilbert in their book The Orion Mystery. From this book sprang ‘The Orion Theory’, which is the belief that Ancient Egyptians are descendants from an alien race. The authors noticed that the three pyramids of Giza correlate precisely with the three stars on the belt of the constellation of Orion.
The Orion Theory suggests that alien visitors emerged from a planet within the Orion star system. The Egyptians worshipped the god Osiris, who had ‘Sha’ as its cosmic likeness. Orion is deemed the modern term for the Sha constellation. The authors also considered the strange shafts found in the pyramids, which they stated, were directed towards the right area of the heavens for the dead pharaohs’ souls to ascend back from where they came. Modern academics have stated that the positioning of the Earth and sight of the heavens would have been exceedingly different during the ancient era. While manipulation of the time periods has been suspected to assure some of the theories are seen as credible, this has actually weakened the integrity of the whole subject.
As Daniken himself is the forefather of all these ideas, more authors are starting to open up about their attempts to account for the mysterious evidence left on the Earth. As it’s easy to negate an idea without tangible evidence, what’s to say the statues on Easter Island, the Piri Reis map, Pyramids of Giza, Stonehenge, and Nazca lines, are not bits of unconcealed evidence left during a visitation from an intelligent race of beings during the prehistoric era?