5.10 – THE VON DÄNIKEN LEGACY (4.5.13)

VON DANIKEN’S SPIRITUAL JOURNEY [11c]

Northeastern Egypt, 1954. At the age of 19, Erich von Däniken traveled to Giza, three miles from Cairo. There he could examine the Egyptian pyramids firsthand.

“I visited Egypt for the first time when I was, well, a youngster. That was long before Chariots of the Gods?. And it impressed me very, very much. I always had the feeling this is not only done by humans. Somebody must have done the planning. Of course, I learned at that time that archaeology says this building is made by a pharaoh with the name of Cheops. I asked, “Where does the name Cheops come from?” Because we don’t have a statue of Cheops. We don’t have a mummy of Cheops. You would think if somebody makes this gigantic building like the Great Pyramid, he would be proud and he would say, “Hey, I did it. I was the one who constructed this.”  But the Great Pyramid is the total anonymity.”

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

“The Great Pyramid has always intrigued the Ancient Alien Theory for a number of reasons. It’s the last surviving wonder of the ancient world, and nobody has been able to explain how precisely it was built. Erich is not saying that aliens built it. Erich is saying that the pyramids, specifically the Great Pyramid, the way it is explained by academics today does not fit with what his research is indicating.”

– Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

The puzzling way in which the Great Pyramid was constructed and the mystery surrounding its purpose, served to fuel both the Swiss teenager’s curiosity and his imagination. Could it be that everything his teachers had told him about ancient civilizations was false?

“The pyramids in Egypt are probably one of the greatest wonders of this planet. Some people say that they’re, you know, landing marks for extraterrestrials, power plants, stabilizers for the planet creating energy waves. There’s no doubt that somebody had to provide the information to help get this thing built because they’re just too immense, they’re too accurate.”

George Noory (Radio Host, Coast to Coast AM)

“There is absolutely no question that the Great Pyramids of Giza were built by human beings. The ancient Egyptians did it. However, what the ancient Egyptian texts also tell us, that the ancient Egyptians did build the pyramids, but with the assistance of the Guardians of the Sky.”

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

Was it possible the early Egyptians had received otherworldly knowledge in order to construct the Great Pyramid of Giza? And if so, could proof be found by examining other archaeological sites?

1971…Eastern India. It was here, at the Sanskrit College in Calcutta, that Erich von Däniken met with Professor Dileep Kanjilal to study the Vedic Sanskrit, an ancient language used in religious Hindu texts.

“Professor Dileep Kanjilal has gone through old Indian texts and made modern versions of it. Now, it comes out in the old books, the so-called gods, they used flying machines to travel from heaven to Earth.”

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

“According to the ancient Vedic texts of India, the gods descended from the sky in flying vehicles. They refer to those vehicles as “vimanas.” There are very detailed descriptions: what these vimanas looked like, how they traveled from place to place, what was necessary in order to pilot them, all those things are described in ancient Hindu texts that are thousands of years old.”

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

“And for Erich, he naturally felt that these vimanas were real nuts-and-bolts aircraft. And of course, he’s saying these are the vehicles of the Ancient Astronauts.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“When Erich first went to India, he explored a whole bunch of different sites, and he quickly came to the realization that India is a treasure trove for the Ancient Astronaut Theory, because all over India, we can find these magnificent temple towers that are referred to as “stupas” and also “vimanas.” And so we have to ask ourselves, where did the form for a stupa come from?”

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

“Another great contribution of Erich is that he focused on India. Very few people had really studied the ancient Indian civilization, even though it is thousands of years old. And what he saw there were structures which were alleged to have been replicas of vimanas.”

– Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

“So many Hindu temple in the Far East, they are representations in their architecture what was going up in the sky. So, the upper part of a Hindu temple often is seen as a flying object, as a vimana.”

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

“And basically what we’re being confronted with is the realization that these people built in stone objects which they seem to have seen in the sky.”

– Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

“When we look at the most ancient records we have, coming out of the Vedic texts in India, there are clear descriptions of aerial battles taking place with vimanas. So, this really starts to raise the question about our own cycle of history. Is it completely linear? Or is it possible that we’re just starting to rediscover ancient technology that did exist thousands of years ago?”

– Jason Martell
(Founder, AncientSchool),
(Author, Knowledge Apocalypse)

“Ancient texts all over the world talk about flying vehicles, people who could fly through the air, flying horses. But it was Erich who really put it together. That the gods weren’t just flying around like Superman; they had to get into some kind of nuts-and-bolts craft, just like we do, and go somewhere. And this was The Chariots of the Gods?.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“Enoch tells us about the Guardians of the Sky who came down. He says they are called fallen angels and they wanted to have sex with humans, and the offspring of it were giants. So, there were sexual contacts between extraterrestrials and the humans.”

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

“What does this mean? Well, it’s very simple. Erich von Däniken’s interpretation was, we are nothing else but hybrids of an extraterrestrial race that jump-started our civilization thousands and thousands of years ago. And that extraterrestrials, in fact, gave us intelligence. Homo sapiens existed for 250,000 years. But only in the last 50,000 years, this quantum leap all of a sudden happened where we went from munching bananas in a cave to essentially building civilizations.”

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

“Science is holding out great hope and expectation that at one point they will find this missing link between everything else on Planet Earth and us. But despite looking for over 150 years, they haven’t come any closer. The answer might be found in what our ancestors have always said, which is that we have been made by the gods, that we are not like anything else here on Planet Earth. We stand out, because we have been created.”

– Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

“As we look at the whole history of this planet, there is this huge question. How many advanced intelligences have been on this planet maybe for millions of years, terraforming, and manipulating genes in all kinds of life, and that maybe even modern human is one of those manipulated genetic creations.”

– Linda Moulton Howe
(Author / Investigative Journalist, Earthfiles)

“Imagine all the knowledge human beings possessed. Astronomy, mathematics, engineering and writing, were brought down from heaven by the gods. It does raise the question, is Däniken right? Because even if there is the faintest possibility, a chance in a million, a chance in ten million that he is right, then everything changes.”

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

Do ancient religious texts really provide evidence of alien contact with cultures throughout history? Chariots of the Gods? had opened the door to much discussion, speculation, and criticism. But its enormous success also gave the Swiss writer the ability to travel the world in search of more answers. It was a search that would take him halfway across the globe, to see firsthand the ancient ruins of South America.

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