6.12 – ALIEN TRANSPORTS (6.13.14)

THE POWER OF FLIGHT [12c]

Veracruz, Mexico. Five men in ceremonial dress ascend a 100-foot pole. Once at the top, one of the men performs a sacred dance while playing a flute and drum atop a platform. The other four men launch themselves off. It is a ritual known as la Danza de los Voladores, or “the Dance of the Flyers.”

“The ritual has the leader stand on the top of the pole a tiny little platform and the four flyers wrap a cable around that pole and then branch out and fly around in a pyramid shape in perfect synchronous order. It’s a stunning and daring thing to do. And they are representing the birds, they are representing the four cardinal directions, they are representing the elements, heavily symbolic and mythic, and it is a powerful ritual.”

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

The Totanac people who practice this ceremony today claim it is a dance that was invented 500 years ago as a plea to the gods to end a severe drought. But could this ancient ritual have different perhaps otherworldly origins?

“What we have here with the Voladores is 100% living mythology. Something that describes and illustrates in front of our living eye the descent of the gods from a long time ago.”

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

According to Ancient Astronaut Theorists, the Voladores ritual is a reenactment of a close encounter with alien visitors in the distant past. They believe extraterrestrials descended upon the flat mountaintops of the Palpa region in Peru around 500 AD, dropping from their aircraft and gliding down to earth in spiraling circles.

“The Voladores ritual was very technological, as in, you know, these beings descending from the sky and the circle signifying arrival of the gods. Where does that flying or descending gods motif originate? Our ancestors saw something. Because why would you hurl yourself from a 100-foot pole out of nothing to imitate a bird? Birds are not that important. Something very significant happened.”

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

Could an alien encounter really be the inspiration for the Voladores ritual? And could the Totanac people who created the ceremony really have been trying to mimic the ancient gods’ power of flight? As further evidence that early humans may have encountered alien visitors equipped with the power of flight, Ancient Astronaut Theorists point to various artifacts and statues depicting ancient gods. One such example is the Mayan god, Ah-Muzen-Cab, also known as the flying Bee God. Another is the most prominent god of early Mesoamerican culture, the winged deity Quetzalcoatl.

“The Mesoamericans believed in the plumed serpent, or Quetzalcoatl, which came from the sky, bringing wisdom, powered the wind and also influenced everything that happened in the daily life of the Mayans. In fact, they looked to the sky for all their answers from everything as simple as when to plant corn to when to go to war. They believed all answers in the Universe came from the sky and trying to relate that to their daily lives.”

– Logan Hawkes (Publisher, The Mexico Less Traveled),
(Author/Producer, Ancient Mysteries of the Americas),
(Author, Close Encounters of the Old West),
(Ancient Aliens of the Americas)

“The ancient record are loaded with fantastic examples of the gods flying around. These are the Ancient Aliens, and humans are being shown the ultimate capability of these gods.”

– 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)

“In my eyes, because we are the sons of the gods, we are the offsprings of the gods, whatever humans can dream, whatever humans think, was once reality in the past or will be reality in the future.”

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

July 31, 2003. The English Channel. Felix Baumgartner becomes the first person to cross this 22-mile wide body of water in freefall using a specially made fiber wing. But the Austrian daredevil is just one of many who have used wing suits to simulate flying by means of a free fall.

“A wing suit is basically a jumpsuit that you put on under your rig and it’s designed to actually make you fly when you exit the plane. The material inflates underneath your arms, in between your legs, and creates, basically, an airfoil that you glide on through the air. It’s an amazing feeling because you’re actually the pilot and the plane. It is total freedom. You feel as though you’re flying. Though you are falling, you’re using the air to maneuver your body. And the wing suit helps you cover a lot of ground as you’re descending. Some people have been exceeding two-to-one glide ratio. For example, three-to-one would mean, for every foot you descend, you’re traveling three feet forward.”

Ed Pawlowski (Owner, West Coast Wing Suits)

“We got these flying guys that have these wings attached to their backs, and they hurl themselves out of planes, and some even have rocket engines attached to them. And so, they essentially themselves become airplanes. Now imagine showing that to someone from 100 years ago. That person would be in complete awe of what they’re witnessing, not understanding that there is technology involved with this.”

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

“Just using our own body, we cannot fly. We have no wings. But, of course, we have the fantasy, and we have the technology to develop wings that we can fly.”

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

“The pursuit of flight has been one of the most sought after quests in all of mankind’s history. Why? Because, with flight, you could reach, conceivably, the realm of the gods.”

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

From the ancient Greek myth of Icarus fashioning wings of feathers and wax, to modern daredevils like Felix Baumgartner, human beings have been fascinated with, and often frustrated by, their desire to fly. But have birds really served as mankind’s inspiration? Or were they inspired by something else? Perhaps something extraterrestrial? Ancient Astronaut Theorists say “yes”, and claim further proof can be found by examining Ancient China’s mysterious stories of dragons.

Celestial beings coming down to earth. Gods descending from the sky. Do similar accounts exist in other cultures and other religions across the world? And if so, what is the explanation?

“We have to remind ourselves that our ancestors were highly intelligent. However, their technological frame of reference was different than our technological frame of reference. So, they didn’t have the vocabulary with which to describe, or with which to name certain things that they saw. So, what did they do? They used words that they were familiar with in their time. And so, they tried to describe whatever they witnessed to the best of their abilities with their vocabulary.”

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

Ancient China also shared some of the same beliefs that can be found in Egyptian, Native American and Dogon legends – that deities arrived from the stars. According to Chinese mythology dating back to 3,000 BC, when the god named Huang Di was born, there was “a radiance from the great star Chi.” Huang Di would later emerge from the belly of a fire-breathing dragon to become China’s first emperor.

“The origins of the Han Chinese people start with a story of a great god looking down with empathy. Here were people in poverty, in a beautiful, rich country, the landscape profound. But the people were suffering. He took pity, and decided to come down.”

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

“Huang Di arrived on planet Earth in a flying dragon. He had the power of flight. Huang Di could be anywhere within minutes. And he usually accomplished this by hopping on his dragon and flying somewhere.”

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

“Now this divine energy becomes human, and is a great leader, the yellow emperor who rules and unites the people, and there is a period of great prosperity until his work is done.”

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

Huang Di brought order to the chaos, creating China’s first empire. He is seen as a cultural hero, and is credited with the invention of the compass, acupuncture and the standardization of Chinese writing. One of his greatest legacies is the Great Wall of China.

“When the land is prosperous, he decides it’s time to go, and the great yellow dragon comes back, and he gets back into the belly of the dragon and flies off forever.”

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

“Now, were these dragons truly dragons in a biological nature? Or were they misinterpreted types of machines? Because, as we all know, dragons are always correlated with spewing fire and a lot of smoke. Whenever we see a modern rocket take off, there is all this smoke, and sometimes the smoke is yellow, and sometimes it’s red. So, it’s very bizarre how we have these correlations between the ancient times and modern times today.”

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

“Mythology is the effort to grasp what we can’t grasp, to understand what is beyond us. In the Eastern teachings, the dragons very often carry people, sometimes on their back, sometimes inside their bellies. So, if we think of them as a poet’s effort to explain a vehicle that was strange to them, well, those sound like flying saucers. So, it might just be a problem of translation, because after all, it’s just a word. It’s trying to describe something that’s very difficult to grasp.”

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

Could Chine tales of dragons be based on ancient interpretations of rocket ships descending to Earth? And, if so, could the legends of Huang Di like those of Quetzalcoatl and the Egyptian Saqqara Bird be evidence of be evidence of alien visitations in the distant past? Perhaps the answer can be found high on a mountaintop known as the “Throne of Solomon.”

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