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Von Däniken’s most recent book – Evidence of the Gods –
which I noted earlier here, is a photographic pastiche in support of his Alien
While von Däniken and his AA minions are maligned for the
imaginative hypotheses about visitors from space interacting with early human beings,
one can see the reasoning behind the AA scenario.
For instance, in Evidence…like his other books, von Däniken
provides written and oral tales (mythologies) of primitive tribes and their
In Evidence, on page 23 ff, he relates a creation story
promulgated by the native inhabitants of the Kiribati islands in the South
Pacific: The Story of Nareau.
The creator god Nareau, traversing space, espies the Earth
(Te Bomatemaki), and discovering the absence of life proceeds to endow it with
means for life – water, seeds, life forms.
Von Däniken equates the story with that in the opening
Chapter of The Hebrew Bible, The Old Testament: Genesis.
On page 45 von Däniken offers the Maori legend of the god
Pourangahyua who “flew on a ‘magic bird’ from Hawaiki to New Zealand” and said
“I [Pourangahua] come and an unknown earth lies beneath my feet. I come and a
new sky revolves above me. I come and the earth is a peaceful resting place for
me.” [From John White’s Ancient History of the Maori, Volume 1. Wellington, New
Zealand, Government Printer, 1887]
Now I’m not going to list any of the other materials that
von Däniken and his acolytes use to bolster their AA theory.
But I am going to aver that AA’s conclusions or hypotheses
that beings from the skies appeared to Earthlings – early humans – causing the
myths and legends that bespeak visitors or gods from above is not outrageous.
There are, for the well-read among you, a plethora of myths
and legends which indicate Gods came to Earth and intermingled with the human
The tales appear in the literature and texts of the
Egyptians, the Babylonians, the Hebrews, the Greeks, the Polynesians, the Maya,
the Inca, the Olmecs, the Inuits, the Amer-Indians, the sub-continent Indians,
and various African tribes, among other indigenous societies.
That is, there are so many stories of gods descending to the
Earth and interacting with humans that one has to accept – that something of
the kind occurred.
That doesn’t mean that supernatural beings or
extraterrestrials are the source of the mythical seeds.
But one can come to accept that the possibility exists.
Early man didn’t, generally, talk of gods or beings
springing forth from the Forests or rocks. The gods came from the skies.
That’s the premise from which von Däniken works.
It’s not an unreasonable hypothesis.
Te AA hypothesis doesn’t seem to explain the UFO phenomenon,
as those encounters with entities from UFOs in recent times are hardly
god-like, even to the primitive mind of the hoi-polloi to whom such encounters
And the primitive legends may also be a misconstruction or
misunderstanding of early visitors by the unsophisticated minds of early man,
but one sees a profundity in the activities related in the legends that von
Däniken uses or those that we’ve read, outside of von Däniken: the Greek myths,
the Bible, the story of Gilgamesh, et al.
One doesn’t find such profundity (or poetical nuance) in
modern UFO sightings and encounters.
So, perhaps the gods came in the past, but do not come now.
Are today’s UFO entities related to the gods of old? Or are
the modern UFO beings and/or their craft a whole other intrusion?
Or are today’s UFOs discrete hallucinations, uncommon among
early cultures but endemic to “modern man”?
Whatever UFOs are, von Däniken’s alien astronauts or his
gods from outer space are not part of the UFO phenomenon as we’ve come to
But that doesn’t refute von Däniken’s AA theory or
Von Däniken’s gods did appear to early man. Were they
extraterrestrials? More likely that than ethereal beings of a divine nature or
creations of febrile primitive minds.
But let’s not extrapolate and give credence to the ancient
myths as an explanation for today’s UFO experiences.
The gods were. They now are dead. UFOs live on…..whatever
they may be.