1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond (3.8.09)

GODS ON HIGH [2c] 

If alien beings from other planets had visited the Earth thousands of years ago, how would our ancient ancestors have tried to communicate with them? And wouldn’t there be some physical evidence of the time they spent here?

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One answer may lie in the Nazca Desert of Peru. There, atop an arid plateau that stretches for nearly 50 miles, countless geometric patterns and figures decorate the landscape.

 

“You fly over this desert, and you see some lines. The lines look like airstrips. They start abruptly, they end abruptly. The longest of it is 23 kilometer. Right away, not one curve. Just incredible. And ending in one of these so-called airstrips…in the mixture of large lines and small lines, you see gigantic figures in the ground – figures of fishes, monkeys, spiders, apes – but of such over-dimensional size that you can see them only from the air.”

Erich von Däniken (Author, Chariots of the Gods?)

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“People built them, or somebody built them hundreds and hundreds of years ago – perhaps maybe even thousands of years ago, that could be signs of ‘hello up there. Here we are.’ It’s something.”

George Noory (Radio Host, Coast to Coast AM)

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Various disputed explanations suggest that the lines could have been used for irrigation ditches, giant astronomical calendars, or pathways, perhaps used for religious worship.

“Looking at Nazca from the air, it looks like an airport. And it really does, because you have all these bands, wide bands that look like airstrips that are laid on top of each other. But you also have these gigantic, long straight lines that go for miles and miles. Over valleys, over mountains.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“So once again, you’ve got this idea of, like, okay, people are creating this. But what is the reason? Is it to show these gods in aerial vehicles a ‘land here’ kind of a thing? Because we just don’t have a good idea of why people would do this. And it really does seem that they’re trying to signal people who are in the air, in space, or flying around our planet.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

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During World War II, American troops created air bases on remote Pacific islands. To natives who had never witnessed advanced technology, the sight of giant metal birds touching down looked to them as if the gods themselves had turned the Earth into a planetary pit stop.

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“And they would see these big planes land, and it was all technology that just, out of the sky. They didn’t know how these things worked. But they could see them land. And what they liked about it was they were getting free stuff. They were getting cargo. Suddenly when the war was over, all these airstrips were abandoned and everyone left. And these islanders scratched their heads, and they all said to themselves, ‘Wow, wasn’t it great when all these planes came out of the sky and gave us free cans of corned beef and stuff? We really liked the cargo.’ Entire religions sprung up from this, where priests actually said, ‘Yes, you know, that was our dead ancestors sending us cargo.’ So what they did then was they began going to the old airstrips, and they would build mock wooden airplanes to try and get those planes to come back from the sky and deliver the cans of corned beef to them again. And so you can see how then an analogy with modern cargo cults plays exactly into the Ancient Astronaut scenario where something like this could have easily happened in the past and entire religions built around Ancient Astronauts.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

But gigantic geoglyphs aren’t the only mysteries surrounding Nazca.

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“I was flying around Nazca for days, hanging out the aircraft with the camera and shooting and shooting and shooting. I have more or less about 4,000 pictures about Nazca. This is really fascinating. You see, this is one of the pictures that proves that this mountain was made flat artificially. Because you compare with the mountain around there. There, the mountain’s cap comes up from both sides. Here it is flat. This is absolutely incredible. This is one of the most craziest pictures I made about Nazca.”

Erich von Däniken (Author, Chariots of the Gods?)

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“The crazy thing is, the rubble, the remains of that summit or that mountaintop, gone. It’s nowhere. It’s not in the valley down below. It’s nowhere in the region. What happened to it? Because all the mountains around it have their summits. It’s there. And then you have other mountains that are as flat as a table with bands on top that look like runways.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Another question: Why would visiting ETs be drawn to the bone-dry deserts of Peru?

“Let’s just say hypothetically that a spaceship arrives here on planet Earth, and you wanted to quickly find out what this planet consists of. Nazca would be the perfect place to go and visit for some sampling and for some experimentation. Because Nazca, still today, is one of the most abundant areas in the world regarding raw materials. There, you find everything. You find gold, you find uranium, what have you. It’s basically the Cliff Notes of planet Earth. You go to Nazca and you immediately know everything about what our planet consists of, because all the raw materials converge there at high volumes.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“Why do we have to believe that these simply could not be an expression of an artistic impulse, you know? Is it really that outlandish to believe that, you know, that these natives in Peru might have wanted to create some large-scale work of art? And to say, that such a large-scale work of art could not have been created merely for the possibility of having created it, rather than the Nazca Lines are so inhumanly vast that they could only be admired by people who are capable of flight. Well, you know, you can say the same thing about the Great Wall of China. And yet, the Great Wall of China has a purpose that is political, that is martial. Somebody might have walked the Nazca Lines as a spiritual labyrinth in the shape of a spiritual totemic object and were in their own way supposed to get a kind of epiphany from that. The fact that we don’t understand the purpose of a thing opens it to tremendous speculation.”

– Javier Grillo-Marxuach
(Science-Fiction Writer / Producer)

“Nazca and the Nazca figures make no sign seen from the Earth. You have to fly over it. The signs are made for somebody who flies. There is no way out of this. I hope archaeology sooner or later will come to a similar conclusion.”

Erich von Däniken (Author, Chariots of the Gods?)

)But if visitors from other planets were thought to be gods, wouldn’t there be written accounts of them? Perhaps the answer can be found right in front of us, in one of the most shocking places of all.

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References:

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