The Return of the Gods: Evidence of Extraterrestrial Visitations

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With over 140 photographs, specially designed maps, models, and drawings, Von Däniken applies the same fact-filled analysis to Nazca that launched his 1968 Chariots of the Gods to continuous bestsellerdom. He reports on his many visits to the lost civilization of Nazca, an ancient, isolated settlement deep in the Peruvian desert. He analyzes aerial views and closeups of extraordinary markings that stretched across the land for miles, forming complex shapes and designs unnoticed from the ground but unmistakable ...
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With over 140 photographs, specially designed maps, models, and drawings, Von Däniken applies the same fact-filled analysis to Nazca that launched his 1968 Chariots of the Gods to continuous bestsellerdom. He reports on his many visits to the lost civilization of Nazca, an ancient, isolated settlement deep in the Peruvian desert. He analyzes aerial views and closeups of extraordinary markings that stretched across the land for miles, forming complex shapes and designs unnoticed from the ground but unmistakable from the air. How could primitive people have achieved such an amazing feat? Von Däniken concludes: Forget the theories about religious rituals, irrigation systems, and astrological calendars; these are creations of extraterrestrials. Impossible to explain or even envision from the ground, the mile-long "landing strip," the curious etchings of beasts, and the immense geometric designs and giant mandalas are simple to execute—if their creators could see them from the air.
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The man who, a quarter of a century ago in The Chariots of the Gods, introduced the concept of "ancient astronauts" to an eager public now attempts to codify his more recent findings into a coherent theory. Von Dniken calls this theory PALAEO-SETI-PHILOSOPHY, where SETI stands for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. The theory's twin foundations are von Dniken's literalistic readings of ancient religious texts and, ironically, his hidebound materialism. He assumes that texts such as the Bible, the Mahabarata and others are true accounts in nearly every detail, and also that science has proven that gods or supernatural beings don't exist. The inference, then, is that all the miraculous goings on in these writings and oral poems were the work of aliens so advanced that they looked magical or divine to ancient peoples. Von Dniken's evidence comes from his single-minded and self-serving readings of the texts, in which it seems as if every flaming chariot must be an alien shuttlecraft, every creature with monstrous attributes must be an alien-human hybrid and every messiah or angel is an extraterrestrial overlord dictating human affairs from a space station in Earth orbit. The argument culminates with the claim that the aliens' message to humanity is not encoded in the pyramids or other physical structures but in human genetic structureDhence the current phenomenon of alien abduction, in which intrusive tests are performed on abductees. As in his earlier books, here von Dniken manages to be nearly as entertaining as he is preposterous to those who don't already believe. His prose is lucid, his argument is more or less coherent and the whole idea, whether one buys it or not, is still engagingly daffy. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852309619
  • Publisher: Thorsons/Element
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author


Erich von Daniken is the author of the worldwide bestseller Chariots of the Gods and its follow-up, The Eyes of the Sphinx, in addition to over two dozen other books.

Arthur Morey has recorded over two hundred audiobooks in history, fiction, science, business, and religion, earning a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards and two Audie Award nominations. His plays and songs have been produced in New York, Chicago, and Milan, where he has also performed.

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