Are You Ready for Ancient Aliens?
Our quiet period without Ancient Aliens is over, unfortunately. Tonight is "Aliens, Gods, and Heroes," in which mythological figures are going to be associated with aliens. Sigh. In mythology such characters as Heracles and Gilgamesh are most likely composites that have exaggerated human beings into semi-divine figures, while others, like Medea or (possibly) Perseus are one-time gods who faded into or were assimilated with human heroes. The same thing happened in the Middle Ages when Catholic saints took over much of the deeds and powers of the Greco-Roman and Norse-German gods. It has been mentioned more than once that the composite figure of St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) includes elements of Odin and Artemis. There isn't really much room here for E.T., just fertile human imaginations.
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