Chariots of the Gods by Erich von Däniken

By Erich von Däniken

Erich von Daniken's Chariots of the Gods is a piece of enormous importance--the first publication to introduce the surprising conception that historical Earth were visited through extraterrestrial beings. This world-famous bestseller has withstood the try of time, inspiring numerous books and movies, together with the author's personal well known sequel, The Eyes of the Sphinx. yet this is the place all of it began--von Daniken's startling theories of our earliest encounters with alien worlds, established upon his lifelong experiences of historical ruins, misplaced towns, power spaceports, and a myriad of difficult clinical proof that time to extraterrestrial intervention in human historical past. so much very good of all, notwithstanding, is von Daniken's conception that we ourselves are the descendants of those galactic pioneers--and the archeological discoveries that turn out it... * An alien astronaut preserved in a pyramid
* Thousand-year-old spaceflight navigation charts
* desktop astronomy from Incan and Egyptian ruins
* A map of the land underneath the ice cap of Antarctica
* a huge spaceport came upon within the Andes
contains extraordinary photographs that rfile mankind's first touch with extraterrestrial beings on the sunrise of civilization.

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For 4,000 years the Egyptians considered their 'gods' to be real beings. In the Middle Ages we still killed 'witches' in our burning ideological zeal. The belief of the ancient Greeks that they could tell the future from a goose's entrails is as out of date today as the conviction of ultraconservatives that nationalism still has the slightest importance. We have a thousand and one errors of the past to correct. The self-assurance that is feigned is threadbare and is really only an acute form of stubbornness.

On the fifth tablet of the Epic of Gilgamesh, which is of Sumerian origin and much older than the Bible, we find virtually the same sentence: 'No mortal comes to the mountain where the gods dwell. ' In other ancient books which hand down stages in the history of mankind, we find very similar statements. Why did the 'gods' not want to show themselves face to face? Why did they not let their masks fall? What were they afraid of? Or does the whole account in Exodus come from the Epic of Gilgamesh?

Now everything is more 'civilised' and there is much less Page 28 fuss. Theories and intolerably audacious ideas are hushed up or dismissed by killer phrases, as the Americans say. There are many possibilities: • It's against the rules! ) It's not classical enough! ) • It's too revolutionary! ) • The universities won't go along with that! ) • Others have already tried that! (Of course. ) • We can't see any sense in it! ) • That hasn't been proved yet! ' 'Nowhere in the Bible,' asserted another, 'does it say that the earth revolves round the sun.

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