I don’t really have much analysis to add to this article on sculpture artist Matthew Welter, but it certainly goes a long way toward explaining some of the reasons I think it’s important to advocate for truth. Welter is selling two sculptures of the Sphinx and an Easter Island head for a combined $30,000 in order to raise money for a sculpture of Thomas Jefferson, whom Welter believes knew the truth about Zecharia Sitchin’s alien Anunnaki since Jefferson is the only president depicted on Mount Rushmore as “looking at the sky.”
Welter plans to display his statues at the Burning Man festival this year in order to promote discussion about ancient astronauts. He told the Nevada Appeal what he thinks really happened in ancient times:
Ancient aliens visited Earth thousands of years ago, establishing colonies all over the globe. They genetically modified our DNA, taught us to build pyramids and megalithic structures, gave us art, agriculture, astronomy, mathematics and the concept of liberty — all before returning to the skies, leaving their indelible mark. They liberated us from ignorance by lighting a fire inside of humanity — that (sic) Annunaki (sic).
Surely you recognize all of these claims. They are the bread and butter of Ancient Aliens, which I believe has covered each and every one of these topics. The last of them, that the aliens gave us “liberty,” is particularly rich. I’m sure Welter is thinking of the Ancient Aliens episode “Aliens and the Founding Fathers,” but consider for a moment exactly what this means.
Remember, Zecharia Sitchin proposed that the “Anunnaki,” primeval Sumerian deities, were actually a race of aliens that (a) genetically engineered humanity and (b) created us to be slaves. But don’t take my word for it. In The Wars of Gods and Men (1985), Sitchin describes Homo sapiens as the “Primitive Worker,” genetically engineered by the Anunnaki and birthed by fourteen aliens, seven to birth boys and seven to birth girls: “As soon as they grew up, the Workers were put to work in the mines […] The armed clash between Enlil and Enki that was soon to take place, however, was over these same slave laborers” (p. 105).
How exactly does one square the idea of human creation as an inferior slave race with the concept of liberty except through some transitive property whereby ancient aliens become the beneficent gods from whom all boons emerge? It’s almost as though Welter has adopted the “Christian nation” theology, whereby Jesus directly inspired the U.S. constitution, and substituted aliens for angels. Slavery is freedom! Welter, incidentally, also makes sculptures of U.S. patriotic images, such as the Liberty Bell, suggesting that he has a specific reason for trying to tie Jefferson and American liberty back to the aliens. Sean Hannity calls America a gift from God; Welter prefers the Greys.
Welter admits to being less than familiar with the Anunnaki, claiming to be a new convert to the ancient astronaut theory, probably thanks to Ancient Aliens. He says that the Anunnaki lifted primitives into conscious humans: “They gave us a reason to watch the skies and dream.”
And therein is your answer: A romantic sees the aliens as a tangible replacement for angels.
Welter wants his sculptures to inspire future generations to contemplate aliens, and this is yet another reason that no matter how stupid most people think Ancient Aliens is, it’s still a dangerous program with real and tangible effects.
8/2/2013 10:53:26 am
Exactly. Just another version of a new age religion. Actual learning and intelligence need not apply.
8/2/2013 01:12:05 pm
I wonder how long it will take someone to connect the southern states (gray) in the US war between the states with gray aliens?
8/2/2013 05:56:57 pm
You may be on to something. Aliens supported the Nazi Party in WWII so they may also be pro-slavery.
8/2/2013 03:45:12 pm
So Thomas Jefferson knew of the Annunaki? Given the alien predilection to meddle in the affairs of the "poor ignorant non-white people" AATs seem to favor, the next logical step is to conclude that Jefferson preferred intimate dalliances with his slaves due to a wish to emulate them. I'm waiting to see if they have the stones to make such a pronouncement.
The Other J.
8/2/2013 08:26:46 pm
So it was Annunaki! And I thought he was looking out across the frontier he sent Lewis & Clark across and back toward his beloved Monticello, which he hated to leave.
8/3/2013 10:41:00 am
And here I thought it was just because that's the way the artists carved it...
8/3/2013 10:43:31 am
A trick of light and shadow? Why, that's proof of the Face on Mars conspiracy. He does look suspiciously like the Face on Mars after all!
8/2/2013 11:35:24 pm
I assume Jefferson got roped into this because of the allegations (as per "America Unearthed") that he was involved in the hunt for "white" Indians and the lost treasures of Welsh travelers. Weird, isn't it, considering that Andrew Jackson and William Henry Harrison, unlike Jefferson, actually believed in lost white races who built the Mounds and gave the benighted Natives their culture?
8/2/2013 04:41:42 pm
"As an artist, Matthew Welter often turns his gaze heavenward. He looks for inspiration, guidance, knowledge....". What about the "benevolent" tall Nordic aliens wearing spandex.
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