6.20 – ALIENS & SUPERHEROES (8.22.14)

SUPER TECHNOLOGY [21d]

“Our ancestors had no experience with advanced technology, so they would have described alien visitors as having superhuman powers because of their frame of reference. If they saw an extraterrestrial with access to incredible “powers,” which are due to advanced science, they interpreted that as witnessing God. And that was never the case.”

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

Magical weapons have been a key feature of heroic myths for thousands of years, but they play an even larger role in the stories of modern superheroes.

1939. With new Superman comic books flying off the shelves, publishers rush to develop more heroes to satisfy the public’s demand. The one that makes the biggest impression is a hero of modern technology Batman. Created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, the Caped Crusader leaps onto the comic book page and immediately into the pantheon of pop culture gods.

“The idea of Batman is that he is a normal person. Nothing has given him super strength. But he’s a normal person who depends on his technology.”

   – Gerard Jones (Author, The Comic Book Heroes)

“He has a utility belt with all kinds of modern gadgets. And he has a Batmobile, and he has a Batcopter. So, he is a technological superhero in that sense.”

   – Don Locicero, Ph.D. (Author, Superheroes & Gods)

“Batman, for us, is probably one of the most identifiable characters we have with all of our fans, with all of our audience. Because he’s a human. He doesn’t do something that pushes the imagination beyond something that we don’t believe people can actually do.”

Dan Didio (Co-Publisher, DC Comics)

In 1963, the comics gave birth to another iconic character that is completely dependent on science for his superpowers…Iron Man.

“In the Iron Man story, there’s this incredible suit that can make him virtually into a superman even though he’s, he’s a mortal. This is a great melding of the human-machine interface. This is how we use technology to do extraordinary things.”

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

Are Batman and Iron Man modern representations of what Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe the ancient gods really were…mortal beings with advanced technology?

“We see a similarity with modern-day superheroes in some of the ancient texts of a god who wears a special ring or holds a certain staff and can magically become a creature of flight or can fly a magic carpet. Many of the superheroes that we have today are just normal human beings. But when they strap on their technology, like Batman in his super suit or Iron Man in his flying capabilities, well, these are just normal mortals that are using advanced technology and become superhuman or godlike.”

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

Could modern-day superheroes like Batman and Iron Man be the true realization of what our ancestors were describing when they wrote about powerful gods and heroes? Was Hercules’ great strength the result of a robotic exoskeleton? Could Hermes’ power of flight have been inspired by something like a modern jet pack or gliding suit? And could Zeus’ lightning bolts have used electrical coils to generate extraordinarily large voltages?

“The ancient people simply used the vernacular of the time to express what they were seeing, and as far as they were concerned, this could only be the work of a supreme being.”

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

Superhumans using advanced technology. Gods at war. And extraterrestrials coming from the heavens. Could these ancient tales really be evidence of an otherworldly presence on Earth?  Perhaps further clues can be found in the stories of superheroes hiding in plain sight.

July 3, 2007. After spending decades as larger-than-life toys and animated television characters, the Transformers hit the big screen with the American premiere of their first feature film. The extraterrestrial storyline is a familiar one.

“The Transformers, in a way, are m mechanical versions of Superman. They come from another planet. They can adapt to being here. And then, as in a lot of Superman stories, the enemy is from that planet. There’s some evil that follows them, that chases them down. So, they’re having this ancient battle from their homeland, but they’re having it here.”

Gerard Jones (Author, The Comic Book Heroes)

Unlike Batman or Iron Man, the Transformers aren’t humanoids that use technology. They actually are technology. But the most remarkable power the Transformers use against their foes is one of the most important in all of heroic myth. The ability to change from ordinary beings into superheroes when evil threatens.

“It’s the archetype of metamorphosis or transformation. Shape-shifting, if you will. This comes down to us from the ancient mythologies.”

Don Locicero, Ph.D. (Author, Superheroes & Gods)

“Shape-shifting allows gods to interact with humans in a way that they would not otherwise be recognized. In fact, often times the god or goddess cannot appear to the mortal in their full splendor because such a thing would actually kill the mortal.”

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

Ancient Astronaut Theorists suggest that stories of gods living anonymously among us are common because they describe a time when extraterrestrials did just that. As evidence, they cite an ancient story they believe bears an uncanny resemblance to the Transformers’ shape-shifting myth. A story about the Mayan god Kukulkan who is portrayed both as a flying serpent and a man.

“We have descriptions of a winged serpent that flew over our ancestors’ heads. But at the same time, we also know that Kukulkan was also someone that gave instructions to the people in pretty much humanoid form. So, does that mean that Kukulkan was, in fact, a shape-shifter?”

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

Ancient Astronaut Theorists propose another possibility. They contend that perhaps the ancient people, being unfamiliar with advanced technology, witnessed an alien being in a spacecraft.

“Imagine for a moment a craft lands, a hatch opens and then the pilot walks out and gives instruction. There isn’t really a differentiation between the machine and the person coming out of it, because they didn’t understand the technological concept behind it. The instructor then went back into the craft and took off. All of a sudden, Kukulkan becomes this winged serpent that flies across the sky.”

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

Is it possible that this scenario may have actually played out in the distant past? And if so, did it inspire the shape-shifting myths that humans have told for millennia?

“We have the same stories, the core of the stories, worldwide in most of the mythologies. They are all linked together. They had different names, were different heroes, different personalities, but at the end, it was all the same extraterrestrials having contact with the humans some thousands and thousands of years ago.”

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

But could there be an even deeper meaning behind the tales of otherworldly heroes like the Transformers and Kukulkan hiding among us? Perhaps further clues can be found by examining the stories of godlike beings disguising themselves as ordinary humans. Superman hides his identity by pretending to be mild-mannered newspaper reporter Clark Kent. Wonder Wan disguises herself as a nurse named Diana Prince. And Spider-Man’s alter ego is Peter Parker.

“Virtually every really popular superhero has a clear and recognizable ordinary human identity. It’s an essential part of the superhero archetype that they be able to look like us and feel like us and live like us, but then be able to explode into their super-powered self.”

Gerard Jones (Author, The Comic Book Heroes)

“We have a deep inner longing to have that story retold, perhaps through some sort of genetic memory written right into our DNA. We seem to be remembering, on some deep level, a part of us that can come in contact with extraterrestrial capabilities and actualize them as we ourselves reach the next level of human evolution or what may have been a level that we had long ago and was deliberately turned off in our DNA for some reason.”

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

Is it really possible that we tell stories of superheroes disguised as humans because it is written in our genetic memory that we have special abilities hidden within ourselves? And if so, what could be the source of those abilities?

“We may not have originated on Earth. We may have been seeded on Earth by other humans who are far older than we are and who are far more genetically advanced than we are. Perhaps some part of us remembers that there is a way in which we could be exposed to certain technologies that activate this dormant DNA within us, that propel us to the next level of what it means to be a live, evolved human being.”

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

Could it be that stories of superheroes hiding among us are so popular because extraterrestrials have manipulated our DNA, hiding extraordinary powers deep inside all of us? Perhaps the answer can be found by exploring the stories of heroes whose powers are the result of genetic mutation.

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