posted on Sep, 12 2006 @ 05:27 PM
The Quest For The Metal Library
A system of tunnels and caves beneath Ecuador and Peru is reputed to hold an ancient treasure-house of artefacts including two libraries, one
containing inscribed metal books and the other storing tablets of crystal.
It's not what you know, but who you know. In 1973, Erich von Däniken, at the height of his fame following the success of Chariots of the Gods?,
claimed that he had entered into a gigantic subterranean tunnel system in Ecuador, which he was told spanned the length of the continent—surely
evidence that our ancestors were highly advanced, if not extraterrestrial? The structure was believed to house a library in which books were made out
of metal—this in an area where today there is nothing but "primitive" Indian tribes with no written language. Evidence of a lost civilisation? It
was a major claim, and it did not go unchallenged.
The story centred around Janos "Juan" Moricz, an aristocratic Argentinian-Hungarian entrepreneur who claimed that he had discovered a series of
tunnels in Ecuador that contained a "Metal Library". In a signed affidavit dated 8 July 1969, he spoke about his meeting with the Ecuadorian
president, where he received a concession that allowed him total control over this discovery—provided he could produce photographic evidence and an
independent witness that corroborated the discovery of the underground network. Newspapers reported on the expedition that Moricz had organised.
In 1972, Moricz met with von Däniken and took him to a secret side-entrance through which they could enter into a large hall within the labyrinth.
Apparently von Däniken never got to see the library itself, just the tunnel system. Von Däniken included the event in his book The Gold of the Gods:
"The passages all form perfect right angles. Sometimes they are narrow, sometimes wide. The walls are smooth and often seem to be polished. The
ceilings are flat and at times look as if they were covered with a kind of glaze… My doubts about the existence of the underground tunnels vanished
as if by magic and I felt tremendously happy. Moricz said that passages like those through which we were going extended for hundreds of miles under
the soil of Ecuador and Peru."
However, one of the world's potentially biggest discoveries soon turned sour. Journalists from the German publications Der Spiegel and Stern
interviewed Moricz, who now denied ever having been in the cave with von Däniken. It undermined von Däniken's credibility (though some would argue
he had none to begin with), branding him a liar.
For many, the incident proved that von Däniken was a fabricator of lies—a much more damaging assertion than being known to make outlandish claims
that the gods were ancient astronauts. No one pointed out that if von Däniken had been lying, he would not have left such an easy trail to Moricz. He
could have claimed that he could not reveal his source, and Der Spiegel and Stern would have been none the wiser. Instead, it seemed that something
was amiss with Moricz, who had landed von Däniken in an international controversy from which his career never really recovered.
I am really interested in all of your views on this subject. I have read both Chariots of the Gods
and Gold of the Gods
and I'm not
sure what to make of it. I know that Von Daniken was blackballed many a moon ago, but please, just read the link that I providied at let me know what
I thought the article was rather interesting. I am kind of confused as to what to believe in this instance,perhaps some of you can shed some light on
[edit on 12-9-2006 by SpeakerofTruth]