This morning I turned on the Today show only to learn than the former Russian spy who was paid to come to America and have sex with powerful men, Anna Chapman, has received her own Russian television show (on non-Putin-controlled RenTV) devoted to supernatural mysteries, including (of course) extraterrestrials and ancient civilizations. According to media accounts, the show launched in 2011, so I am not sure why she’s granting media interviews to promote it now. Fortunately, the show is in Russian, so I have no idea what it’s saying behind the cheesy special effects.
Not so with a new Australian book that claims that ancient aliens from the Pleiades genetically engineered human beings and… oh, like you haven’t heard all of this before. (In fact, I briefly mentioned it last month.) The four authors of Ancient Aliens in Australia propose the “revolutionary destruction” of Darwinian evolution and the “Out of Africa” model of human distribution. Instead, they propose to make (guess where?) Australia the center of human development, based on oral traditions of the Australian Aborigines: “The Original Australian people claim that not only are they the originators of modern humans on Earth but that they are the children of beings from the stars. [T]he first claim is now shown to be true, so what of the second?” And if wishes were horses then beggars would ride. According to the authors, disputed artifacts (mostly stone tools and bones slightly older than the assumed date of Aboriginal arrival c. 50,000 BCE) and assumed rates of DNA mutation prove a human presence in Australia for between 400,000 and 2 million years, when interpreted in light of what they call “aural” (but mean “oral”) histories.
The authors claim that they found a star gate in Cairo (suspiciously close to where the movie Stargate placed its own portal) and met with an extraterrestrial being, who confirmed for them the history of the civilization of the Pleiades.
Anyhow, whether you accept the book’s premise depends on how much you trust that they have special access to interdimensional aliens.
But in promoting the book, one of the authors, Bruce Fenton, who is not the economist and frequent CNBC guest of the same name, so far as I know, made a bizarre claim that I think does a good job of illustrating how alternative writers build castles in the air by piling claim upon claim:
Though the core thesis is of course on the matter of beings from the Pleiades being key players in engineering Homo sapiens sapiens, my own favourite part was my work on the hypothesis that the Pleiadian-human hybrids of Palenque had extremely high levels of endogenous DMT in their blood, hence their blood being considered a sacred offering and a key to other spiritual dimensions of existence. As far as I know such an idea has never before been explored or even contemplated as the explanation for why Mayan Lords (many of whom being such hybrids) were the only ones that had blood considered suitable for rituals.
DMT, or dimethyltryptamine, is a psychedelic compound that can function similarly to a neurotransmitter. It is found naturally in mammalian bodies in trace amounts and more readily in plants, but it can also be synthesized into a hallucinogenic drug. It is the primary chemical agent in ayahuasca, which you will recall is the hallucinogenic drug of choice for Graham Hancock, who uses it to communicate with transdimensional gods. It is also used by South American shamans to gain access to the spirit world. David Lewis-Williams has identified such altered states of consciousness as the origins of religion.
Fenton seems to have decided that such explanations are not good enough; instead, his own life experiences can now be attributed to alien blood, a personal connection to the aliens who are substitute gods. Indeed, Fenton describes Ancient Aliens in Australia as dealing with mind-blowing “metaphysical” and “cosmic” truths, again reinforcing the relationship between ancient alien beliefs and a desire to create a physical basis for the divine.
Notice that Fenton chooses Palenque as the site of his alien landing—the same place that Erich von Däniken found his “rocket” carving on Pacal’s coffin lid. This is no coincidence. The idea that the Maya kings were alien hybrids is an old one; Alan Landsburg was the first to suggest it in his Outer Space Connection (1975) movie (narrated by Rod Serling) and its companion book. There, Landsburg proposed that the Maya were a colony of hybrid aliens (though primarily at Uxmal rather than Palenque) and that they misunderstood the idea of cryogenic freezing as a form of immortality and therefore set the date of 2011 (later revised to 2012) as the time that the frozen aliens would thaw out and return.
Fenton and his coauthors have simply adopted old 1970s ideas, added some of Graham Hancock’s drug-fueled “mysteries,” and moved the whole thing to Australia as a new twist on Zecharia Sitchin and his Anunnaki.
Old ideas never die. They just get recycled and resold.
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