Erich von Daniken stands apart from the the rest of the cast as the quintessential granddaddy of alien theory. I love the show and wanted to read some of the books that go with it. Chariots of the Gods seemed like the logical place to start. On a side note, my mother remembered the book well. She read it back in the '70s when it was originally published. Forty years later, I, like my mother, was blown away.
According to Daniken, the gods or 'ancient astronauts' are aliens who wormed their way into Greek and Roman mythology, Sanskrit writings, the Bible, Torah, Koran, Mayan Calendar, Aztec rituals, Easter Island statues, Egyptian culture, and much more. He takes the reader all over the world, pointing out various structures, carvings, markings, artifacts, legends, and writings that question Evolution, Creation, and technology. His arguments are compelling. For example, there is a book in the Bible that describes a flying machine seen by the prophet Ezekiel. Over in India, there are writings that describe vimana or flying machines. Obviously, the point he argues throughout the book is this: maybe the stories were real and the ancients did their best to draw/record them in the language and symbolism of the era.
|Daniken at work.|
Chariots of the Gods is a plausible theory of human existence. If schools have to teach Evolution, then they should also have to teach ancient astronaut theory. Daniken is not much of a writer. His research is at times incoherent, almost babble, making it difficult for the reader to follow. However, what he lacks in narration, he more than makes up for in research.
|Erich is WAY more INTERESTING!|
Erich von Daniken should REPLACE the old guy in the Dos Esquix beer commercials. He's seen it, been there, done it, and is the ultimate go-to in philosophy, history, and astronomy. Have to give him the full 5 stars for exceptional and original thinking.