Chariots Of The Gods
Were the gods revered by long-ago civilizations actually gods or could they have been astronauts from faraway planets? Did these visitors teach early-day man advanced secrets about the solar system and the larger universe?
Here is the Oscar-nominated 1970 documentary film based on the book by Erich von Däniken, a Swiss author who helped to popularize the notion that paleo civilizations on Earth had gained knowledge through contact with ancient astronauts.
Although the narration is sometimes staid, perhaps a bit dated nowadays, one would be hard-pressed to find a more comprehensive survey, spanning the globe from Easter Island and the Great Pyramid at Giza to the Mayan hub at Chichen Itza and Peru’s mysterious Nazca Lines. The expected coterie of academic critics have challenged von Däniken, but notice how none of these debunkers can explain how early man carved the massive pyramids and stone sculptures in the first place, let alone tell us how they ferried these gargantuan monuments, in certain cases, several hundred miles across scorching deserts.
This is the third installment in our five-week series The Heavens Opened Above. Please return next week for another installment. We’ll be focusing on Michael Tellinger, a South African explorer and journalist whose studies have been heavily influenced by theories on ancient astronauts advanced by the late Zecharia Sitchin.