6.9 – THE SHAMANS (2.28.14)

“TO KNOW” [10b]

Northern China, 1211 AD. Five years after uniting the nomadic tribes of Mongolia, Genghis Khan launches a brutal invasion against Chinese Jin forces. Despite being severely outnumbered, the Mongol army decimates their enemy in what is believed to be one of the bloodiest battles in Genghis Khan’s more than 20 years of conquest. By the time of his death in 1227, his empire covering most of Asia, Russia, and parts of Europe had become the largest in the world.

“Genghis Khan was a great warrior. He amassed one of the most awesome armies in the history of the planet, and he would go up the mountains to commune with the sky gods to gain power for his battles.”

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

According to historical accounts, the Great Khan was also described as relying on powerful magic to create severe weather on demand, like hail storms, hurricanes and tornadoes to confound and defeat his enemies.

“They march into battle. And the next thing you know, clouds come swirling in, lightning is coming down, rain is falling down, ice is falling down, chunks of hail, snow. The soldiers are not equipped for this sudden burst of cold. They’re shivering, they’re freezing, they’re slipping and falling on the ice. And then they get totally wiped out by the invading Mongolian army.”

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

“What was remarkable about Genghis Khan is that we tend to think about him today as being this despotic, mad, cruel ruler. He was a priest king, something known as a shaman.”

– 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)

In Mongolian culture, certain members of the tribe were thought to have the ability to communicate directly with the gods, accessing seemingly supernatural powers and information. These holy prophets were commonly known as shamans. Is it possible that Genghis Khan, one of the greatest conquerors in human history, used his connection with the divine to build the massive Mongol empire? And if so, just what does it mean to be a shaman?

For thousands of years, in cultures throughout the world, shamans have been described as intermediaries who provide a link between humans and otherworldly beings. Known in some cultures as medicine men or witch doctors, they are believed to have the power to travel to other realms in order to bring back healing, wisdom, and guidance to their people. The word “shaman” originated with the indigenous people of Siberia and means simply “to know.”

“Shamans think of the Universe as being constructed in different layers, one on top of each other, each one containing a separate world. One of the skills of the shaman is to be able to travel herself or himself between these different worlds in spirit form. Shamans are people who enter those realms and negotiate with the intelligent beings that inhabit those realms.”

– Ronald Hutton, Ph.D.
(Prof. of History, Bristol Univ./Author, Shamans)

But are shamans simply experiencing hallucinations, daydreams manifested in their minds? Or is it possible that their visions are real? Dismissed by some today as madmen or charlatans, in the ancient world, shamans like Genghis Khan often held positions of great influence. And Ancient Astronaut Theorists claim the stories of these shamans reveal a connection to otherworldly beings.

Copán, Western Honduras. In the ruins of this archaeological site, once a major Mayan city that thrived from 400 to 800 AD, stands a statue of one of its most powerful ancient kings, Uaxaclajuun Ub’aah K’awiil, commonly known as 18 Rabbit.

“Around 2,000 years ago, the Mayan empire was at its height. And they had a king by the name of 18 Rabbit. The rabbit, to the ancient Mayans, represented the Moon. So, basically, 18 Rabbit was considered to be an incarnation of the Moon god. And he is said to have had all sorts of miraculous powers.”

– 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)

By the end of his 44-year reign, 18 Rabbit had erected seven stone pillars, each depicting him interacting with the divine.

“The stela of Copán shows King 18 Rabbit standing in the center of the Universe. But on the side of him is a portal to another world. So, it would seem to be telling us that he had access to the other world as well as being the commander and chief of this world.”

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

“Today, we separate politics and religion. In the past, especially for the Maya, that was not the case. To be the king was to also be supernatural; to have shamanic ability. You were not just a king, you were a shaman king. And 18 Rabbit, like every other king in the dynasty of Copán and in the cities around them, was a shaman.”

Edwin Barnhart, Ph.D. (Archaeologist/Dir., Maya Exploration Ctr)

According to Maya tradition, shaman kings like 18 Rabbit would connect with otherworldly beings through a process known as bloodletting.

“The Mayan king would put a spine through his hand. Blood would be collected by the shaman into a piece of paper. And it would then be put into a fire and it would smoke. And by watching this smoke rise, the shaman could see what actions they were supposed to take according to the will of the gods revealed in the smoke that was made by the blood of the king or the ruler.”

– 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 right to rulership for a Maya king, the thing that the people followed him for was his ability to contact the other world. Through shamanic ceremonies, he was able to ask for the favor of the gods for the people.”

Edwin Barnhart, Ph.D. (Archaeologist/Dir., Maya Exploration Ctr)

“18 Rabbit was a very powerful shaman king. And you have to ask is it possible that these gods could be extraterrestrials? And perhaps it was the guidance of these extraterrestrial beings that made him such a powerful leader.”

– 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)

“All around the world we can hear stories of how shamans state that they were in communications with beings from other worlds. Is it possible that what we see in the experiences of ancient shamans is extraterrestrial human contact? And this contact wasn’t seen as something dangerous or strange but rather as a means for moving humanity forward due to new and important knowledge received.”

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

Were kings like 18 Rabbit really communicating with divine, perhaps even extraterrestrial, beings? Was it this otherworldly guidance that made them so powerful? But, if so, where did these ancient shaman learn how to access these incredible abilities? Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe the answers can be found by examining the transformative and sometimes dangerous process of becoming a shaman.

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