9.8 – THE MYSTERIOUS NINE (7.8.16)

WORLDWIDE ACCOUNTS [9c]

Southeast Asia. Every year, during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, thousands of Taoists throughout the region celebrate a 2,000-year-old tradition called The Nine Emperor Gods Festival.

“The Nine Emperor Gods Festival is a very, very important festival in southeast Asian Chinese communities…and it revolves around a carnival-like ritual that takes place for nine full days. The point of this festival is to summon the very, very powerful Nine Emperor Gods…because they’re seen as residing up in the skies.”

– Dominic Steavu, Ph.D.
(Asst. Prof. of Chinese Religious Studies, UCSB)

The nine Sky Lords are believed by Taoists to have been the original rulers of China and the offspring of the supreme god of creation. According to the legend, the Nine Emperor Gods come from the nine stars that make up the Big Dipper, seven of which are visible and two that are invisible. They are tasked with controlling the Universe and keeping order on Earth.

“There is this belief in Taoism and Chinese culture in general that the supernatural world takes the shape of a bureaucratic empire and there is a very detailed hierarchy with ranks and bureaus, and the fact that these are known as the Nine Emperor Gods show that they are very high ranking gods in this celestial bureaucracy, and that they do have a very important function of governing, basically, the celestial realm, but also the human realm.”

– Dominic Steavu, Ph.D.
(Asst. Prof. of Chinese Religious Studies, UCSB)

In order to assure the will of the gods is honored for the upcoming year, select devotees channel, and even embody, the Nine Emperor Gods during the festival processions.

“There are typically about nine spirit mediums who enter a trance, and then channel these gods…to bring them down and to keep them very content and happy. The reason why it’s crucial to keep them happy is because they keep an account, a record of everything that happens on Earth. They control human destiny. At the end of the nine days, when the festival reaches its climax, the gods eventually return to the stars from which they came.”

– Dominic Steavu, Ph.D.
(Asst. Prof. of Chinese Religious Studies, UCSB)

Curiously, this idea of nine gods or overlords watching over Earth can be found in cultures throughout the world. The Aztecs of Mesoamerica were known to worship nine gods called the Lords of the Night. In the Norse tradition, nine gods survive the Ragnarok, or earthly destruction. According to Buddhist legend, the Emperor Ashoka consulted with a secret society called the Nine Unknown Men, who were said to possess the knowledge of the Universe. The ancient Etruscans of Italy also believed in nine gods that could be persuaded to influence the fate of mankind. And in Greek mythology, Zeus led a council of nine gods created to oversee humanity.

“The canonical Olympian gods are imagined to be about 12, and they have a sort of governing body as well, and so they have a council. For the most part, the nine most important gods are there, sitting at the top of that is Zeus. These make up the power structure of the heavens. And they occasionally meet to determine what they’re going to do about mankind.”

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

“Zeus created the Council of Nine, and this was: Aphrodite, Apollo, Athena, Demeter, Hephaestus, Hera, Hermes, Poseidon, and Zeus himself. And these are the gods that then could interact with humans, I guess to keep us in line.”

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

“These are gods who are deeply and fundamentally involved in humans’ lives, and the gods occasionally have to clean things up, and so, there’s a few times in the mythological tradition we hear about the gods deciding, rather like we hear in Genesis, that they’re gonna wipe the slate clean and just start new entirely with a brand new human race.”

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

Is it purely coincidence that so many ancient cultures, separated by thousands of miles, all worship a group of nine gods? And could it be that these beings were not gods, but extraterrestrial visitors, as Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe, visitors that are working behind the scenes and still watching over us today?

“I’m always asked about Ancient Astronauts. ‘Why did they leave? How come they’re not here anymore?’ And personally, I never said that they left. I think they’ve arrived, and they’ve stayed. And so that plays into the whole idea that we are this ongoing project by extraterrestrial species, and that they are observing us – have observed us, from afar. Because according to the creation stories, we are their offspring. So, if the council exists, they are here to observe their creation.”

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

“The idea of a council of gods, especially nine gods, recurs over and over again throughout history. People today claim that they’re in contact with a divine council. When you look at this, you have to ask, is it possible that these are actually the same group of extraterrestrial beings that are turning up again and again in human history, and that in fact, they may have a long-term or long-range plan for humanity?”

– 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)

Might it be that these nine gods found across various cultures throughout the globe are in fact the same beings? And, if so, does this give credibility to the claims of contact during military experiments conducted in the 1950s?

“All around the world, in a remarkably cross-cultural way, we get the Nine. And when Puharich started channeling the Nine cropped up again. Coincidence? Or was he accessing something that has been with us since the dawn of time?”

Nick Pope (British Ministry of Defense, 1985-2006),
(Author, Open Skies, Closed Minds)

Does this notion of an otherworldly Council of Nine that is found in so many ancient cultures provide proof that there really are alien overlords that have been steering the course of humanity? Ancient Astronaut Theorists say yes, and claim that, incredibly, physical evidence of this can be found, not on Earth, but circling high above it.

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