A physiologically manipulated Nazca skull (housed at the Museo Regional de Ica in Peru). Ancient Astronaut Creation theorists claim the culturally-based practice came about as a societal attempt to emulate the bone structure of ancient alien visitors to earth. Image author: Jean Pezzali. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_astronauts
Forefathers of the Ancient Astronaut Theory
In my blogs on Ancient Astronauts, my desire is not to persuade my readers to believe in the Ancient Astronaut Theory (AAT), but to engage the thought of extraterrestrials and their possible involvement in the advancement of mankind. This engagement is purely for the sake of creative thought and open mindedness.
Zechara Stitchin (blog post # 19) and Erich von Däniken (blog post # 21) and their works contributed to the rise of the Ancient Astronaut theory as an intriguing topic of conversation in the seventies and eighties. In consideration of my readers’ time restraints, I have briefly summarized other contributors to the AAT.
Robert K. G. Temple, an American author, wrote The Sirius Mystery in 1976. The mystery being how did the Dogon tribesman of Mall, West Africa come to possess advanced knowledge of astronomy? Thousands of years ago, this indigenous tribe knew and understood cosmological facts known today only by the development of modern astronomy. French anthropologists Germaine Dieterian and Marcel Griaule, who studied and lived among the Dogon, found that the Dogon knew that the brightest star in the night sky, Sirius, has two invisible companion stars, and that one companion completes its orbit around Sirius every fifty years. Mathematical equations have since inferred the existence of these invisible companions— known as Sirius A and Sirius B. Sirius B does, in fact, complete its orbit every fifty years. How did the Dogon gain this knowledge? Based on Dieterian’s and Griaule’s research, Temple theorizes, in his book, that an extraterrestrial transmission of this knowledge of the stars made it possible for the Dogon to possess this highly advanced wisdom of astronomy.
David Icke, BBC television sports presenter and author of: The Robots’ Rebellion (1994), And the Truth Shall Set You Free (1995), The Biggest Secret (1999), and Children of the Matrix (2001). The essence of his works is that a secret group of extraterrestrials—reptilian humanoids—control mankind. According to Icke, many of the most powerful are actually reptilian. (Does the TV series V ring a bell?) In his book, The Biggest Secret, Icke recaps and the expands Stitchin’s idea that the reptilians are a race of gods known as the Anunnaki (blog post # 19).
Peter Kolosimo, Italian journalist and writer, is noted as a founder of Italian fantarcheologia—pseudoarchaeology—also known as fringe archaeology. In 1969, his book Non è terrestre (Not from Earth) won the Premio Pancarella, one of Italy’s most prestigious literary prizes. Google Books tags it as: An account of the archaeological findings and literary evidence pointing to the existence of extraterrestrial beings on earth in prehistoric times. One reviewer on a popular book site rated it a one star and said: “More ancient astronaut nonsense.” He probably would not be a fan of my blog either.
Graham Hancock, British writer and journalist, is listed along with Erich von Däniken as one of the most widely published founders of pseudoarchaeology. He is author of Fingerprints of the Gods. First published in 1995, Hancock’s book perceives the existence of a prehistory advanced civilization, like Atlantis, as being the common ancestor for all subsequent known ancient historical civilizations.
From his website:
his book is described in the following manner: From the mysterious sites of Tiahuanaco and Teotihuacan, to the enduring enigmatic Sphinx and pyramids of Egypt, the grandiose Nazca lines of Peru to the stark primal beauty of the Osireion at Abydos, this is a journey both around the globe and into the heart of the true prehistoric origins of man. Part adventure, part detective story, this book will force you to revaluate your beliefs of the past.
In conclusion of my study into the Ancient Astronaut Theory and Theorists, I borrow a quote from Astrophysicist Carl Sagan’s book, Broca’s Brain.
My deeply held belief is that if a god of anything like the traditional sort exists, our curiosity and intelligence were provided by such a god…on the other hand if such a god does not exist then our curiosity and intelligence are the essential tools for survival. In either case the enterprise of knowledge is essential for the welfare of the human species.
Perhaps, odd that I chose this particular quote, since a major part of Sagan’s book is devoted to debunking such theories as those proposed by Robert K.G. Temple. But I do believe knowledge is essential and flavored with creative thought allows the imagination the freedom for which it hungers. Because: Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real—Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days.
What are your thoughts on the Ancient Astronaut Creation Theory? Are you open minded enough to entertain thoughts on the possible connections between the advancement of mankind and the relationship of that advancement to extraterrestrial influence? Surely, ALL this is not just random acts of evolution? Or is it?