6.15 – FACES OF THE GODS (7.11.14)

THE TELCHINES [16e]

Cape Sounion, Greece. Perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea, lies the ruins of the Temple of Poseidon built in 440 BC. The second son of the Titan king Cronus, Poseidon was worshipped throughout Greece almost as much as his younger brother Zeus.

“Poseidon was the god of the sea. He was also the god of earthquakes and, strangely, horses. When Poseidon was in a good mood, he created new lands out of the sea. He gave calm waters for good voyages. When he was in a bad mood, he destroyed ships and brought storms.”

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

“Poseidon does rule over the kingdom of the sea. It is envisioned as a kind of a place where people live. And when he comes out of that place, yes, he rides the spectacular kind of, like, water chariot that is driven by dolphins, and he holds on to a really big trident.”

Richard Rader, Ph.D.
(Lecturer, UCLA Dept of Classics/UCSB Dept of Classics),
(Author, Theology and Existentialism in Aeschylus)

In Greek mythology, Cronus eats all of his children except for Zeus, who eventually rescues his siblings, including Poseidon, from the belly of his father.

“A potion is prepared that makes him heave up all the other siblings of Zeus, and these become the gods of Olympus.”

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

But Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe this Greek myth is actually a metaphor for an extraterrestrial event. They believe the notion of gods being vomited up from the belly of their father actually describes mutinous aliens being expelled from the mother ship.

“Any being which is swallowed up into a living creature will not be able to survive for three days. It will die from suffocation and will begin to decay. What we have here is not a creature but something else. It could’ve been an object, which was clearly of a man-made or extraterrestrial origin.”

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

“A mutiny took place. Some of the extraterrestrials, they had sex with wonderful earthly females, women. They were not allowed to do this. So, one of these extraterrestrials who were not allowed to go back with the mother spaceship had the name of Poseidon. Poseidon fell in love with a beautiful human girl, and he made her pregnant.”

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

“Poseidon is married, all right? He’s got a child. He’s got some grandchildren, right? There’s the whole caste of sea nymphs, as well. All of them presumably, like, live in this place.”

Richard Rader, Ph.D.
(Lecturer, UCLA Dept of Classics/UCSB Dept of Classics),
(Author, Theology and Existentialism in Aeschylus)

“Poseidon has the power of the deep; the unseen place. If you look out at the sea, you see a surface and you’re aware there’s a whole world below that suggesting powers beyond that which meet the eye.”

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

Among the mythical creatures associated with Poseidon are the Telchines, a race of advanced fish children. These human-like beings could live both in and out of water.

“They’re masters of technology and seem to match up with the fish gods of ancient Sumeria, who worked for Enki, the great god of alchemy and technology and smithcraft.”

– 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)

“The Telchines are also kind of in the shadowy territory of god, human, monster things. They’re just these kind of figures who are not gods but who are like human beings. There’s one story about the Roman version of Zeus, Jupiter, trying to destroy them. Now, we don’t know whether they are actually all destroyed, but it’s possibly because of their relationship to the magic.”

Richard Rader, Ph.D.
(Lecturer, UCLA Dept of Classics/UCSB Dept of Classics),
(Author, Theology and Existentialism in Aeschylus)

In Greek legend, the Telchines were also metallurgists. They were said to have created Poseidon’s magical trident and to have cast the first bronze statues of the gods of Olympus. And according to some historians, the Telchines may not have been creatures of myth, but were beings who actually existed.

“There were people called Telchines. We do actually have evidence of these beings. They were actual ancient Greeks who had specific tasks and trades like metallurgy, like smithing and so on. And so you could see how it is that a being like Telchines, that these things could, in fact, not just be these mythological beings but, like, actual people. So, the way that we look at the ancient Greeks and Romans would have been the way that they would have looked at the stories that are being told about The Iliad.”

Richard Rader, Ph.D.
(Lecturer, UCLA Dept of Classics/UCSB Dept of Classics),
(Author, Theology and Existentialism in Aeschylus)

“We’ve got the stories of the Telchine, and they were able to survive underwater for unlimited amounts of time. Now, how is such a thing possible unless you have access to some type of technology? An Israeli company is currently developing a human artificial gill system that allows humans to take oxygen from surrounding water without the need of oxygen tanks. You, potentially, can remain underwater for unlimited amounts of time. All the technology that we are discovering today is, in fact, old news. It’s been around before.”

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

Could the ancient Greek myths really be based on actual events? And if so, were the Telchines early humans in possession of alien technology? Or could they themselves have been otherworldly beings? Perhaps the answer can be found by exploring the Middle Eastern stories of shapeshifters known as the jinn.

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