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Ancient Aliens

My hubby and I just started watching the History Channel’s “Ancient Aliens.”  We’ve watched the first two episodes so far. I have to admit, I find the theory that beings were present and active in the ancient world, contributing to society and perhaps even sharing technology, quite fascinating.

(Spoiler alert: I may or may not have half a novel based on a similar concept and I may or may not have plans to have the main character in my current novel explore such an idea.)

So, in the first episode, we covered that aliens may have been present in various ancient cultures helping them with technological and architectural feats, such as stone carving and building structures and possibly even flying. The second episode dealt mainly with the theory of Panspermia.

I don’t really want to get into the idea of Panspermia or why I disagree with it, so I’ll stick mainly with the ideas from the first episode, because I think the evidence holds some merit.

The show examined evidence from several ancient cultures, including the ancient Egyptians and various tribes in South America and Africa.

I have to say, the evidence is quite compelling. Take, for example, the great pyramids of Egypt. From their construction to their purpose (they are not, apparently, tombs of the kings, as I’d always believed—their purpose is unknown), modern man has no real idea of the why or how of them. On top of that are the drawings and ancient texts that suggest the gods came down to direct the Egyptians and help them, and even so much as suggesting that one or more of the Pharaohs were aliens, or alien-human hybrids, and their claim to the throne and to deity was because they literally were descendants of what the Egyptians believed were gods.

The show also showed evidence that ancient people had some knowledge of things we have only recently discovered, such as aerodynamics and the shapes of planes.

Many, many cultures and ancient texts—including the Bible—seem to have some sort of legend or history that involves interaction of humans with “sky people” or other visitors who seem to have supernatural powers, travel in chariots of light, and come to help humans accomplish some great feat.

(I was pretty significantly underwhelmed with the explanation they came up with for some of the Biblical texts, particularly when they gave credit to the aliens for supplying a “manna machine” that saved the lives of the Israelites after the exodus from Egypt, but in all fairness they did a decent job of trying to be objective and non-demeaning in their inclusion of Biblical texts.)

Anyway, each episode was an hour and a half, so I don’t have nearly enough time to go into everything they talked about, but I am finding it an intriguing course of study, particularly since I write fantasy and there’s a treasure trove of research to draw on.

However, I am viewing the information in the series through the lens of my own beliefs about aliens and extraterrestrial visitors that interact with humans. Chuck Missler has a book entitled “Alien Encounters: The Secret Behind the UFO Phenomenon.” This book has the most concise and accurate information, in my opinion, about aliens and who/what they really are, as well as their purpose. And it is from reading that book (and my own knowledge of the Bible, obviously) that I have been able to keep a balanced perspective on the thrilling and intriguing information put forth in the Ancient Aliens series, as well as the plot of the novel I’m plotting.

About Avily Jerome

Avily Jerome is a writer and the editor of Havok Magazine. Her short stories have been published in various magazines, both print and digital. She has judged several writing contests and is a writing conference teacher and presenter. She writes speculative fiction, her ideas ranging from almost-real-world action/adventures to epic fantasies to supernatural thrillers.

3 comments on “Ancient Aliens

  1. I’ve never heard about that book but I should check it out. The show sounds very much like a real life Stargate series. 😉 (For those who don’t know, in the Stargate saga, the pyramids were landing pads for space ships and bad-many times evil-aliens had come down and from them is where the Egyptions and a few others got their ‘gods’. They had crazy technology-stole most of it I think-and enslaved humans to them. then they left. Other alien races were also considered deities, for example the Asgard had Thor, a military commander that eventually came to Earth’s aid. Earth got out in the galaxy, found the bad aliens, and started taking them out, so they remembered the planet and decided to exterminate and enslave us) Anyway, in one of my novels (currently on hold for my first book), the MC is exploring the idea that a group of humans left Earth around the time of Babel and have been in space secretly intermingling in our affairs for awhile. Only the friendly people he’s looking for may have deadly intentions.

  2. (mingling, not intermingling) 0.0 I just thought of a major plot point for my story when telling it to you. In my book, we don’t know about them, but they know about us and keep an eye on us. They also do more taking of technology than sharing, although they’ve done both. The reasoning behind the realism is as follows: At Creation, man was perfect. Sin’s curse has slowly deteriorated us, but the first men were tall (giants before the flood) and strong and smart. They must have been insanely smart in the beginning. Keep in mind that as time goes on, information is lost. Soloman said there is nothing new under the sun. Archeologists have dug up evidence of computing devices (computers people) and miniture flying devices. They used to convey information verbally for a long while. What if a group of people saw the disaster coming because of Babel so built a spacecraft to flee it and watch? Perhaps they even built a weapon for it just in case someone decided to try to stop them (assuming they were discovered). 😀

    • You should watch the show. GREAT plot fodder–I mean RESEARCH. 😉
      Seriously, though, it’s an incredibly intriguing theory and a lot of evidence that makes it seem plausible.
      I really like your plot ideas, though! It’s a valid notion, that of knowledge being lost over time as mankind has deteriorated. I’ve heard similar suggestions before. We think we’re so smart with our computers and our plastics and our space flight in this age, but yeah, what if we’re just now rediscovering what we once knew?
      There’s a book called “The Puzzle of Ancient Man,” by Donald E. Chittick. I started it once and never finished it, but now I may go back to it since I’ve developed a refreshed interest in the subject, but anyway it talks about that very idea.

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