3.14 – ALIENS & THE UNDEAD (10.26.11)

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Thebes, Egypt. Along the west bank of the Nile River lies the Valley of the Kings. Here, in 1922, archaeologist, Howard Carter, discovered the 3,000-year-old tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun.

“When Howard Carter opened the burial chamber Tutankhamun it was the first time anyone had seen the burial chamber of a pharaoh.”

Aidan Dodson, Ph.D. (Egyptologist, Univ. of Bristol)

Untouched since the pharaoh’s death in 1333 BC, the tomb was full of the boy king’s earthly possessions.

“It’s very much the idea of having what you would have had in your house in this world with you to be there in the next world. And part of this whole idea of the tomb as a magical machine to bring you into the next world.”

 – Aidan Dodson, Ph.D. (Egyptologist, Univ. of Bristol)

To help Tutankhamun on his journey into the afterlife the walls and ceiling of his burial chamber were decorated with illustrations from the Egyptian’s sacred Book of the Dead.

“The Book of the Dead was a collection of spells relating to the transition between death and rebirth. The basic idea was to provide the dead person with what they needed, magically, to get through. Because there were various trials and tribulations to be faced before you were reborn into the next world. They had to encounter various demons: everything from giant cockroaches to horrendous beings with knives instead of heads. All sorts of nightmarish visions you had to get through. And one of the things the Book of the Dead does is to explain how you deal with these various demons.”

Aidan Dodson, Ph.D. (Egyptologist, Univ. of Bristol)

Inside Tutankhamun’s tomb, the archaeologist also discovered a sarcophagus with the young king’s embalmed body, well preserved with vital organs removed and sealed in jars. Like many ancient Egyptians, King Tut was mummified based on the belief that upon entering the underworld, his body would regain its powers of movement and speech.

“There seems to have been a kind of belief that the stellar or astral aspect of the dead king maintained a contact with the tomb. And that the soul would return back to the physical body.”

– Robert Bauval (Egyptologist),
(Author, The Egypt Code),
(Author, Secret Chamber Revisited),
(Co-Author, Black Genesis)

The ancient Egyptians believed the tomb was the vessel in which the deceased body attended by its visiting soul journeyed to the world beyond the grave.

“We, today, see the idea of being placed in a coffin and put under ground, it’s something like simply disposal of the dead or the burial of the dead. For them, it was far more than this. It was like going back to the primordial womb of a sky goddess whose name was Nuit. And she was represented by the Milky Way. And by doing that, you’d eventually, you’ll go back to being a star. It was believed that the soul itself could become a star.”

– Andrew Collins (Author, Gateway to Atlantis),
(The Cygnus Mystery), (Beneath the Pyramids),
(Göbekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods)

The practice of preserving a dead body, or embalming, did not begin with the Egyptians. Embalmed human remains have been found in Chile and Peru dating to 5000 BC. But what compelled ancient man to preserve their bodies after their deaths? Did they really believe they would return to Earth, body and soul? If so, what had they seen in life that would suggest that such a thing were even possible?

“Throughout history mankind has consistently believed that when they die, they would go to the stars, the Egyptians believed that too. You have to ask yourself, where did our ancestors get these ideas, that on our death we’re being transported to the stars or to another world. Wouldn’t this have come from extraterrestrials?”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“The techniques that they used were given to the ancient Egyptians by the gods; the Guardians of the Sky. Who were these Guardians of the Sky? Well, according to Ancient Astronaut Theorists, they were flesh and blood extraterrestrials.”

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

Tests on Tutankhamun’s remains confirm that he was the son of Akhenaten; the controversial Egyptian pharaoh often depicted with a large misshapen skull. Like their father, the skulls of both King Tutankhamun and his sister Meritaten also appear to have deformed shapes.

“Archaeologists have found that in Egypt, like Tutankhamun or his sister, who’s this statue here, Meritaten, had these strange elongated heads. You have to wonder, were they trying to imitate extraterrestrials who looked like this, or perhaps they, in fact, were extraterrestrials, and this is how they naturally looked.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

On the other side of the world, in the ancient city of Paracas, Peru archaeologists uncovered hundreds of mummified remains dating to 300 BC. Many contained elongated skulls.

“What makes Paracas unique is that the elongated skulls are found in great numbers here dating at least 3,000 years old if not older. The only other place in the world that we find these are in Egypt during the reign of Akhenaten.”

Brien Foerster
(Expert, Inca and Pre-Incan Civilizations),
(Author, A Brief Introduction of the Inca),
(Elongated Skulls of Peru & Bolivia),
(Nazca: Decoding the Riddles of the Lines)

“It would seem as if this type of skull demarked these people as different to the local community. Probably because they believed they were descendants from original individuals that had heads that were elongated and that were serpent or viper-like in appearance.”

– Andrew Collins (Author, Gateway to Atlantis),
(The Cygnus Mystery), (Beneath the Pyramids),
(Göbekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods)

“Ancient civilizations all around this planet have always depicted some of their ancients as being strange looking figures: Long heads, big noses. Creatures that could be human, but they sure didn’t look human.”

George Noory (Radio Host, Coast to Coast AM)

If as some researchers suggest, the practice of elongating skulls was done to mimic the head shape of highly intelligent beings ancient man came in contact with, then could the belief in  preserving the body for the journey to the afterlife also have been based on some contact with superior beings?

“I’m suggesting that mummification is based on our ancestors who watched extraterrestrials getting ready for a flight through deep space. One possibility is to be frozen or to be put into animated sleep, where you’re inside this quote end quote ‘sarcophagus’, this coffin. And so our ancestors might have watched is type of preparation, and then they misunderstood this for the gods dying. And so our ancestors mummified themselves in order to be ready for the return of the gods with the hopes that the gods would reanimate them from the dead in the future.”

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

Could ancient man really have had contact with visitors from other planets? If so, could they have learned from them the secrets of life and death? Secrets about preserving their earthly bodies, so that someday they might walk again?

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