6.10 – ALIENS & INSECTS (3.7.14)

THE SACRED SCARAB [11b]

The Nile Delta, Egypt. A small, centimeters-wide trail is cut in the desert floor by the rolling cocoon of a dung beetle. This strange-looking two-inch long insect, also called a scarab, uses the dung as both a source of nourishment and a place for storing its eggs. It will roll the ball in a straight line despite all obstacles, and is the only insect on Earth known to navigate by following the light of the Milky Way galaxy. Biologists just made this discovery in 2013 but 5,000 years ago, with presumably no knowledge of its unique connection to the stars, the ancient Egyptians held the scarab as a sacred symbol, representing a link to the gods.

“Interesting that a great civilization could pay so much attention to a little bug, but it appears constantly throughout Egyptian temples and hieroglyphics. It’s a very frequent image.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

At the Temple of Karnak, overlooking the Sacred Lake where the pharaohs received their coronation, a giant scarab beetle stands watch, representing the Egyptian god Khepri.

“The Egyptians saw the Sun moving across the sky during the day. Also, around the desert sands, you’d see beetles moving balls of dung. And so the Egyptians thought that the force that moved the Sun across the sky was a giant scarab beetle god, Khepri.”

– Gene Kritsky, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Biology, College of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine)

“They believe that the Sun was what is known as the eye of Ra, which was Ra’s chariot or his flying machine. And the thing that moved it, they believed, was the scarab- headed god, Khepri, and the scarab represented Khepri, the pilot, if you like, of Ra’s Sun ship or barge. He was basically a pilot to the gods.”

– Graham Phillips (Author/Investigative Journalist),
(Author, Merlin & the Discovery of 
Avalon in the New World),
(Alexander the Great: Murder at Babylon),
(The Templars & the Ark of the Covenant),
(Atlantis & the Ten Plagues of Egypt)

But could there be another explanation for why the Egyptians regarded Khepri as a pilot? Ancient Astronaut Theorists suggest that the representation of Khepri as a scarab and sometimes as a human with a scarab head may have been inspired by actual contact the Egyptians had with an otherworldly being.

“One has to wonder whether or not these beings actually existed, because the ancient Egyptians were incredibly proud in carving their history into countless of walls. And according to the Ancient Astronaut Theory, we all came about through a deliberate mutation of our genes. And so, it is entirely possible, in my opinion, that some of those creatures that we see depicted in reliefs and in carvings might have actually existed in the past.”

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

Is it possible the ancient Egyptians could have encountered alien beings that had an insect-like appearance? Ancient Astronaut Theorists say yes, and as further evidence, point to the fact that the Egyptians’ obsession with the scarab also extended to their funerary rituals.

The Valley of the Kings, Egypt. November, 1922. Archaeologist Howard Carter discovers the tomb of King Tutankhamen. Among the treasure trove of artifacts found inside is the young pharaoh’s breastplate, which features a scarab as the centerpiece. The scarab is made of a yellow silica glass stone procured from the Sahara, originally formed 28 million years ago, when the sand was superheated by a comet strike. But why would the ancient Egyptians place a scarab and one sculpted from material produced by a cosmic event at the center of their pharaoh’s funerary breastplate? Curiously, scarabs always played an integral role in the Egyptians’ mummification process, often included during the wrapping of the body.

“In between those wrappings, the Egyptians put a number of charms, which served not just a preservation function, but a magical function.”

– Sabina Magliocco, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Anthropology & Folklore, CSU Northridge)

“There was a heart scarab, which was placed on the body. We also find other scarabs, sometimes knitted into the linen of the deceased. The scarab was thought to be critical for the resurrection, because of its power and necessity for it to be present when the Sun rose in the morning.”

– Gene Kritsky, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Biology, College of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine)

“The idea was, is that the or even the body of the person that had departed was carried by scarab beetles along the path to the next life, to the next dimension. It’s almost as if the scarab beetle was some kind of device, not an insect, but a device that actually allows travel from one place to another.”

– Michael Bara (Author, The Choice),
(Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA),
(Ancient Aliens on the Moon), (Ancient Aliens on Mars),
(Ancient Aliens and Secret Societies)

“Where did the Egyptians get the idea of resurrection and this idea that we could be reborn as Star Beings? It seems as if they were given this idea by Khepri.”

– William Henry (Author / Investigative Mythologist),
(Author, Freedom’s Gate), (The Judgment Day Device),
(Lost Secrets of the Watchers), (The Secret of Sion),
(Egypt: The Greatest Show on Earth)

Could the inclusion of scarab-shaped objects in the mummification process have been inspired by an actual encounter with the scarab god Khepri? To some Ancient Astronaut Theorists, it’s not just the presence of scarabs that suggests the Egyptians made a connection between insects and the afterlife they say the mummification process also mimics insect metamorphosis itself.

“The similarities between mummification and the cocooning process that a caterpillar goes through before it becomes a moth are really quite incredible. I think what the Egyptians were trying to do is actually cocoon the human being so that when he emerged into the next life at the next level up, he would be transformed into something greater, more powerful, and epically more beautiful.”

– Michael Bara (Author, The Choice),
(Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA),
(Ancient Aliens on the Moon), (Ancient Aliens on Mars),
(Ancient Aliens and Secret Societies)

“This does mimic, in nature, what we would see with a pupa or a chrysalis, in which the caterpillar actually creates a hard, outer shell around itself, and the material of the caterpillar’s body actually turns into a broth before it reconstitutes into what ultimately emerges as a butterfly.”

David Wilcock (Author/Filmmaker),
(Author, The Source Field Investigations),
(The Synchronicity Key)

While most people associate metamorphosis with a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly beetles, like the scarab, undergo a complete metamorphosis as well. The hatched larva inside the ball of dung emerges fully developed and capable of flight. To the ancient Egyptians, it seemed the sacred scarab had miraculously regenerated inside its cocoon.

“The actual scarab beetle in ancient Egyptian was called something that means ‘he that comes from nowhere.’ Which is basically what the name Khepri means. ‘He comes from nowhere. He can make himself exist.’”

– Graham Phillips (Author/Investigative Journalist),
(Author, Merlin & the Discovery of 
Avalon in the New World),
(Alexander the Great: Murder at Babylon),
(The Templars & the Ark of the Covenant),
(Atlantis & the Ten Plagues of Egypt)

Much like the scarab emerging from its cocoon, the Egyptians believed a mummified body could rise from its sarcophagus as a transformed being, and live once again.

“Part of the soul was inexorably attached to the body, so in order for that part of the soul to live on in the afterlife, the body had to be preserved as closely as possible to the way that it had existed in life.”

– Sabina Magliocco, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Anthropology & Folklore, CSU Northridge)

“The idea of the Egyptian soul is so alien from our own that it’s-it’s difficult to put parallels on. For example, the Egyptians concept of the soul had five parts the Ba and the Ka are two in particular. And part of their mythology was that the Ba must return to the body, enter the body, so that the body can rise and live again.”

– Gene Kritsky, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Biology, College of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine)

“It’s possible that the mummification process was some kind of replication of this process that the extraterrestrials went through. And even the possibility that the mummies themselves were going into some kind of larval stage and suspended animation where they would emerge eventually into some kind of new body like the extraterrestrials did.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

While the scarab dominates Egyptian symbolism, another beetle common to this part of the world, the buprestid beetle, has a direct tie to the Egyptians most important god Osiris.

“Buprestid beetles, when bothered by a predator, actually tuck their legs up and lie perfectly still. And the way they hold their limbs is very similar to the way Osiris would be represented in some tomb paintings. Well, it turns out the buprestid beetle is found in the tamarisk wood, and that is the wood that comes from a tree that was part of the Osiris legend. Actually becomes the Djed pillar. And when Isis split this pillar, she found Osiris inside, and this beautiful beetle inside, and so it’s quite possible that this beetle may have a relationship to the mummification process.”

– Gene Kritsky, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Biology, College of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine)

But does the Ancient Egyptian worship of a beetle really suggest an encounter with insect-like extraterrestrials? Could they be mimicking misunderstood technology? Or might there be another explanation? Perhaps further clues can be found in the numerous ancient stories of Ant People.

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