Anyone taking an objective look at this does have to question what role race plays. The questioning of Stonehenge or Coral Castle is not the same as
the total questioning of South American culture among ancient astronaut believers. Questions about Coral Castle are not so much built on the race of
Edward Leedslaknin, but rather on how just one man pulled off the feat. While questioning of Stonehenge is built on the same idea as many ancient
astronaut beliefs (the people were too primitive to accomplish it themselves), in contrast to the cultures of South America, Europe is spared from
questioning of it's accomplishments in most part.
Consider Teotihuacan. It was contemporaneous to the Roman and Parthian Empires. There are no question that Rome or Parthia (Hellenized Persians) built
their empires and wonders on their own. Yet among the ancient astronaut believers, the questioning of Teotihuacan is widespread. Why is that? Is
there any other reason than ancient astronaut theories are built upon a cultural bigotry?
I understand your anger, and frustration, when you put it that way. But, as far as I have always looked at it, it was not that certain races
couldn't build wonders. It has always been the overall advancement of the culture.
We know that in North and South America, the native Indian cultures were completely different from Europe, and the Mediterranean, mainly because of
their complete lack of a monotheistic religion (not entirely true, as some North American tribes worshipped the Great Spirit, a semi-monotheistic
"deity"). So, these areas were spared the eventual domination of Christian theology, and the suppression of thought.
We know that they knew of the wheel, and other technology, but chose not to exploit them. Why? Purely cultural. They had an affinity with nature,
and chose not to exploit it as Europeans did. Thus, it makes it more amazing, since their advancements in metallurgy, etc., were not advanced. They
didn't need to be, for their society to flourish.
That being said, is it not interesting that the more we look into the technology of the Greeks (most notably war machinery) , that we find that it was
at times more advanced than Europe in the Dark Ages? So, you actually get a reversal of technology, in Europe, during this time. And, remember that
all of this technology can be traced back to Sumeria, along an interesting line of progression. It is where civilization sprang from the chaos of
I think that if there were aliens of some kind, and they taught man civilization, which sprang forth in Sumeria, that it would not nullify what came
afterward. Not all of the ancient wonders of the world would have to be built by aliens. But, I think many people look at Stonehenge, Puma Punku,
Baalbek, and say, "How was this possible?!"
I should say that if an explanation came, and showed that humans could build these wonders with stone tools, then I would be the first to say that it
is a wondrous thing. But, having seen these places, especially Baalbek, it is very hard to imagine how it was possible.
If there was someplace like Baalbek in Europe, it would be the same. I think the age of some of the wonders of the world is also questionable, in a
lot of instances. I think these places of wonder are much older than modern science says, and could have been built before humans even inhabited the
I do not know, and I do not say that I know that the ancient astronaut theory is the end all, be all, of theories. We can never know, but it is an
interesting theory, and there should not be anything bad about wanting to explore this line of thought. We should be open to all things, just as I am
open to your anger at cheapening the wonders of the Americas, and Africa.
I do not wish to do this, please understand. I merely look at these places, and it amazes me. It is hard to think that any humans could build some
of them, no matter their race.
[edit on 13-4-2010 by Yog-Sothoth]