The 50th Anniversary of Erich von Däniken’s Chariots of the Gods

The 50th Anniversary of Erich von Däniken’s Chariots of the Gods

The 50th Anniversary of Erich von Däniken’s Chariots of the Gods

 

This month marks the 50th anniversary of Erich von Däniken’s seminal work, Chariots of the God; a book that introduced millions to the novel idea that the deities of ancient religious scripture may have actually been advanced ancient astronauts from another part of the cosmos. Now, after half a century of criticism and scrutiny, von Däniken’s work has stood the test of time, spreading curiosity, wonder, and a message of modesty, that maybe there is more to our reality than we claim to know.

Originally released in 1968 under the title Erinnerungen an die Zukunft, or “Memories of the Future,” von Däniken’s book would be rechristened Chariots of the Gods, after an English publisher read his interpretation of Ezekiel’s vision in the Old Testament.

The title would go on to sell 16 million copies, laying the groundwork for 40 sequels that sold 72 million books worldwide. Von Däniken’s work inspired a number of eminent Hollywood productions, television series, and written works that challenged archeological and theological tenets, much to the chagrin of mainstream scholars.

He prefaced Chariots of the Gods with the sentence, “It took courage to write this book and it will take courage to read it,” knowing he faced detractors who would dismiss his theory as sacrilege.

After Chariots of the Gods found success in its paperback sales, it became the impetus for a television series called In Search of the Ancient Astronauts. The series featured interviews with such names as Carl Sagan and Werner von Braun, and was narrated by Rod Serling and Leonard Nimoy.

This set the stage for the popular, contemporary series Ancient Aliens, on History Channel. And now, the legacy continues with Erich von Däniken: Beyond the Legend, on Gaia; a series dissecting his theory and its implications on modern society.

But despite a lifetime of success, von Däniken continues to fend off cynics, maintaining his intention to instill a sense of humility in scientists and theologians who often believe we are alone, or at the top of the universe’s evolutionary chain.

Over decades of welcomed critique, von Däniken has admitted when he was wrong, revised his ideas when necessary, and accepted adversity when presented to him. And in the face of it all, he remains steadfast in his overarching theory that has found increasing support and evidence to boot.

Click here to watch a free episode of Beyond the Legend and enter for a chance to win a 50th anniversary edition of von Däniken’s Chariots of the Gods

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Are Alien Abductions Simply the Result of Lucid Dreams?

Are Alien Abductions Simply the Result of Lucid Dreams?

Could some alien abduction encounters actually be lucid dreams? The latest research on the phenomenon in a new report out of Russia hints at just that. Researchers at The Phase Research Center in Russia sought to find out in a new study recently published in the International Journal of Dream Research.

A lucid dream is a dream where the person knows they are dreaming while they are still in the dream. In the study, 152 volunteers of experienced lucid dreamers were prompted to experience aliens and UFOs in their lucid dreams—of those, 75 percent had alien and UFO encounters in a lucid dream, 61 percent said they had encountered alien-like creatures, and 28 percent said they encountered UFOs.

For the lead researcher and founder of The Phase Research Center, Michael Raduga, there was a personal connection to this study.

“It happened more than 20 years ago, I believed I experienced a typical alien abduction story; I was abducted,” he said. “It happened upon awaking, with sleep paralysis, with a lot of fear, levitating, and so on. And I believed in this for two years, but then I started to practice lucid dreams and out-of-body travels, and it helped me to understand that all the time I was experiencing the same thing.”

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