reply to post by ButterCookie
I've tried to give the Ancient Astronaut Theory the old college try. Unfortunately, I just can't get behind it. I'm sure, in part, it stems from my
understanding of religious doctrines, teachings, and holy texts as being metaphorical, allegorical, and mythology
instead of them being
For example, the Bible is full of historical, biological, and mathematical inaccuracies: such as Jewish slaves being mistreated, and escaping from
Egypt of which zero evidence exists outside of the Bible; Pi being equal to 3 exactly, as opposed to 3.1425...; bats being birds instead of the
mammals that they are; women being made from male ribs, not that all humans are born out of the union of male sperm and female egg; humans living to
be 1000 years old (or more), in spite of life-expectancy being on-average about 30; the Earth being flat, and the center of the universe, despite both
being untrue; and many more.
Additionally, it is also rife with borrowed religious doctrines: like baptism, a solar messiah, the 3-day death and resurrection, a miracle-performing
teacher, as well as outright impossible events/circumstances: like the sun stopping, Jonah and the whale, God creating light and earth before the sun,
All religious texts, likewise, contain the same faults when approached as history.
The Ancient Astronaut Theory, in my eyes, is flawed more than religious texts, because it espouses to take already fraudulent accounts, and make them
even more fraudulent by adding another, completely invented, layer of subtext. That additional layer being that the already mythological or invented
deities are now aliens
. Somehow, in the eyes of Ancient Astronaut Theorists this makes the gods (patently nonexistent) into existent beings...
but they never explain why.
As another example, Garuda (a Hindu minor deity) was the mythological mount of Vishnu. Garuda was a demon-cum-god who appeared as a flaming flying
monster-bird. Akin to the Thunder Birds of Native Americans, and the "big bird" phenomenon of cryptozoology. These mythological Thunder Birds and
Garuda never existed outside of the myths and tales of their people. The ancient astronaut theorists, instead of accepting that Garuda is a myth meant
to educate the people, espouse that instead it is a modern aircraft, that somehow existed back in ancient times. Their evidence? It has fire, and
If an airplane existed back in ancient India, where is it now? Their ancient rock carvings, and other ancient mud houses, and lumber art remains
intact, but somehow a metal, engineered, capable-of-breaking-the-sound-barrier aircraft does not survive the flow of time? I am not buying it at all.
Ancient astronauts, gods and heroes, mythology, religion... it all stems from the same thing: archetypes.
~ Wandering Scribe