Well, OP the problem I have with most and not all ancient alien theorists; not the theory itself, is they throw the baby out with the bath water and
make huge illogical leaps in judgement, second guessing the accounts of ancient people. They completely over look the spiritual/religious beliefs,
writings and teachings of these ancient civilizations. They take their words and accounts and say, 'well there account can't be true the way they
say.", then they make an illogical and unscientific leap that in fact what ever they saw and talked to no matter how it is described is an ancient
alien. It's not logical and it's not scientific.
A perfect example is one I saw on the show "ancient aliens". Where in the show they showed a Mayan carving of an open serpent head and in the jaws of
the head was a human head and they even said according to Mayan legend it was the representation of a god that emerged from the mouth of a serpent.
Then, right after Tsokulos said. "Well WE KNOW that a human being can not emerge from the mouth of a serpent, SO the serpent MUST BE a spaceship and
the human MUST BE an alien. Well, maybe or maybe one of their priests did see a human emerge from the mouth of a serpent in a trance state induced by
chemicals and ritualistic pain.....which we know the Mayan priests used both.
The fact is, what ever ancient alien theorists and scientists believe about religions and gods, the ancient peoples did believe in it and they
actually went through complex and extended rituals to enter trance states and trance states and altered states of consciousness do not operate
according to the laws of waking reality, you can see people emerge from the mouths of snakes, you can see weird creatures and even talking animals,
all of which are in the accounts of the Mayans and all of those examples are often equated as ancient aliens, by the AA theorists.
And I would say since the Mayan's used rituals, chemicals and trance states to talk to their gods rather then radios, it is far more likely that the
many beings they saw were in a vision state rather then nuts and bolts aliens in a waking reality state.
Now, having said that I will say there is a possibility that ancient people did interact with aliens, but to exclude their spiritual practices many of
which did create altered states of consciousness or hallucinations, depending on your belief, is actually a great disservice not only to these ancient
cultures and beliefs, it is a great disservice to the whole AA theory as well.
And I would say not all AA theorists are equal. In fact Graham Hancock is at least one that has written a book; "supernatural" that does address and
deal with the spiritual rituals and beliefs of these ancient cultures and for one I applaud him.
In closing I say that really the truth of the matter may very well lie somewhere between and if we turn every account into either, spirits or aliens,
in the end we will probably never find the truth.
Well, OP you asked and that is my problem with the theory as it stands today.
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