Erich von Däniken Sr. M. Marguerite, Rsm

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Sr. M. Marguerite, Rsm

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[Chariots of the Gods?] raises a bewildering amount of questions—most of them unanswered. It challenges future research in the light of the far-distant past. It widens the imagination as to the number of planets that possibly support life, possibly not under conditions laid down by scientists for supporting life on this earth; but who knows if there are other conditions and other kinds of life?…

According to von Däniken's thesis and/or theory there were long ago godlike men who descended, jet propelled, to the planet earth. The illustrations of them in the thousands-of-years-old rock formations, whether in South America, Alaska, Easter Island, Africa or Asia all show headgear that on first inspection seems awkward, but in later years can be likened to the headgear of the astronauts; and what was at first supposed to be horns are really antennae.

These being—gods, if the primitive natives on earth thought them so—taught the inhabitants such facts as are recorded in the inscriptions at Palenque, Mexico, or in Assyria, or in Honduras—or wherever—impregnated some of their women, and returned to their own habitat. The convincing fact to the author is that the pictures and inscriptions, though so far apart geographically, are all similar in content and theme. His hypothesis is that there were cartographers who were able to fly far above the earth and make maps similar now to maps so made. (p. 421)

Von Däniken speaks at length of the Sumerians, their fantastic span of life, their representations of the gods always as star symbols. One of their achievements seems to be scientifically-ground lenses.

Perhaps it is appropriate for a non-scientist to review this book. She comes to it wide eyed and wide open to suggestions, one of the most practical of which is to read the book in connection with Genesis (especially the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah—atom bomb?), Ezekiel (helicopters?) and Isaiah for secrets of the far past to be revealed. There are many scientific suppositions explaining some of the events of the Old Testament; for instance, in the transfer of the Ark of the Covenant, Uzzah (sic) fell dead when he gripped the Ark to steady it: it may have been electrically charged! Also—the communication between God and...

(The entire section is 580 words.)