6.20 – ALIENS & SUPERHEROES (8.22.14)

SUPER VILLAINS [21c]

May 4, 2012. The Avengers opens in theaters across America. This blockbuster film chronicles six superheroes who band together to battle extraterrestrial forces of evil. Powerful superheroes have been popular in comic books and movies for over half a century and nearly all have one very dark and forbidding feature in common: supervillains.

“The arch-nemesis really defines the hero. You can see how whatever is most interesting or powerful about the hero, the best villains are the opposite. The archvillain is psychologically very powerful, because there’s an echo of that archetype that’s not just “me versus danger and chaos,” but sort of ‘us versus them.’”

Gerard Jones (Author, The Comic Book Heroes)

Stories of superheroes fighting supervillains, with the fate of the world at stake are common across many different cultures and time periods. In the modern Avengers pantheon, Thor does battle with his evil adoptive brother, Loki, to prevent Loki from taking over the Universe. The story is inspired by ancient Norse mythology, where Thor engages in a similar battle with Loki and his children at Ragnarok. The Greeks had their own epic battle of the gods, which they believed created the world as we know it. The Titanomachy was a conflict between the Titans, who ruled the world, and an upstart group of gods called the Olympians. Psychologists say these tales of good facing off against evil have always been popular because they allow people to project their hopes and fears onto fictional characters in make-believe worlds. But could there be another reason that these stories are told again and again around the world?

“Joseph Campbell concluded that somehow these hero myths had pervaded all cultures. And you have to wonder if this isn’t because extraterrestrials came here to our planet and were heroes all over the world, and so the same story was repeated over and over again.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

Is it possible that some of our ancient hero myths recount specific events involving extraterrestrial visitors in the distant past? Ancient Astronaut Theorists say yes and, as evidence, cite a Sanskrit epic that describes an enormous war between gods that came from the stars.

“In old India, we have a clear description in the Mahabharata which is the fifth book, the so-called Mausala Parva a clear description of a war in Heaven.”

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

“I mean, it reads like modern-day science fiction, this incredible battle between the gods. Gigantic cities were said to have orbited the earth. And when they came together at the firmament, they were battling each other.”

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

“The city Dvaraka was right at the edge of the Arabian Sea. Some of the explosion split the city and then half of the city fell in the sea.”

– Deepak Shimkhada, Ph.D.
(Adjunct Prof. of Religion, Claremont Graduate Univ.),
(Prof. of Hindu Studies, Claremont Lincoln Univ.,
School of Theology)

“And it is described how two of these cities were destroyed, cities on Heaven. And for the people on Earth, it looked as if ten thousands of little stars would fall down.”

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

“They are describing what are extraterrestrial gods with superpowers, with airships, with weapons, and it would seem that these ancient epic stories are the same as these superhero stories that we’re hearing today.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

Could it be that modern stories, in which superheroes battle archvillains for dominance over the earth, are actually based on ancient wars between extraterrestrial forces? Perhaps further clues can be found in the Babylonian and Sumerian origin myths. According to modern interpretations of the cuneiform writing, the Enuma Elish describes a celestial battle some 5,000 years ago between two groups of gods that may have actually resulted in the destruction of a planet in our solar system.

“Sumerian texts make mysterious references to these other planets called Marduk and Tiamat. And within our solar system, there was some destruction here, where one of them blew up, and this would be the theoretical planet that was between Mars and Jupiter. Astronomers have often said that there should be a planet there, but instead, we have the asteroid belt.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

Could the asteroid belt that circles the sun between Mars and Jupiter really be the remnants of a planet that existed in the distant past…a planet that was destroyed in an alien war? And if so, are these ancient events echoed today in the plots of modern superhero stories?

“In many ways, these stories, which are so familiar to us in TV and movies and comic books, are really coming to us from these ancient Sumerian and Hindu texts that are thousands of years old.”

– David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“Good versus evil is a longstanding theme that we see in many ancient cultures, in which supernatural or extraterrestrial beings are coming to our aid and helping us against the greatest evil the world has ever known.”

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

Modern stories of superheroes fighting supervillains, based on real extraterrestrial battles that took place above the earth thousands of years ago. Could it be true? Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe the answer may be found not with the stories of the gods themselves, but with their technology.

Lemnos, Greece. This island in the Aegean Sea is said to be the home of Hephaestus, the Greek god of technology. The son of Zeus and Hera, king and queen of the gods, Hephaestus grew up on Mount Olympus, but he was a small and physically deformed child. Unhappy with her son’s physical problems, one Greek legend says Hera threw him off the mountain.

“He fell for nine days and nine nights and landed in the ocean. There he was rescued by sea nymphs who took him to the island of Lemnos. Hephaestus became the blacksmith of the gods and he set up his forge on the island of Lemnos, and volcanoes were said to be entrances to his forge.”

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

Working underneath an active volcano, Hephaestus is said to have forged magical objects. He eventually created the armor, weapons and other technology used by the Greek gods and heroes.

“Hephaestus is the god of the great forge and he is the builder. He creates the armor that is impenetrable for Achilles. He creates chariots.”

– Kathleen McGowan Coppens (Author/Researcher),
(Author, The Expected One), (The Source of Miracles),
(The Book of Love)

“Magical spears, magical breastplates and so forth, which gave the gods all sorts of miraculous powers. He’s even said to have made the chariot that the god Helios, the god of the sun, rode across the skies.”

– 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)

Some myths describe Hephaestus creating even more fantastic devices, including a bronze bull that breathed fire and is said to have had voices coming out of its nostrils and a powerful robot named Talus that defended the island of Crete.

“He made all these wondrous creations. And when we look back at those stories, we have to ask, ‘Is it possible that Hephaestus was an extraterrestrial being who brought some advanced extraterrestrial technology to Earth?’”

– 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)

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