Vatican City, Italy. Pope Benedict XVI walks down the aisle in St. Peter’s Basilica carrying a golden crucifix. Upon reaching the altar, he lifts the thurible, a metal vessel suspended from chains in which incense is burned for purification. The Pope recites the Eucharist Prayer, and then, he and his congregation consume the consecrated bread and wine. They are, according to the most sacred laws of the Church, eating the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ.

“In the Mass, the priest is empowered by the prayers that are said to energize the substance of the bread and the substance of the wine, such that it becomes transformed or transubstanciated, changed into the living presence of body and the blood of Christ.”

– Christopher Key Chapple, Ph.D.
(Doshi Prof., Loyola Marymount Univ.)

“The Mass, the Communion, the Transubstantiation of the eating of the body of God allows us to ingest the divine energy this is called Manna, or magical energy. And the almost the cannibalistic aspect of the ritual is crucial for atonement, which is at-onement – to become one with the divine source.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

In the New Testament, the Second Letter of Peter states that believers in this practice “become partakers of the divine nature”. They become united with God. The Roman Catholic Church adheres to this interpretation of Communion so strongly that in the 16th-century, the Council of Trent declared anyone who denied it subject to excommunication. And during the infamous Spanish Inquisition, nonbelievers were branded as heretics and were often burned at the stake – or worse. But what does it mean to become one with the divinity? Most historians say the ritual of the Catholic Mass can be traced back to the Last Supper, when the act of Jesus serving bread and wine to his disciples, during what was actually a Passover Seder, created a powerful spiritual bond that must not be broken. But there are others who believe the Catholic Mass stems from a ritual practiced thousands of years earlier.

“Scholars have speculated that the Mass is actually inspired by Egyptian mythology and a similar ritual that was done for the god Osiris. The idea is, we take the divine substance, the body of the god, into us so that we are one with that transcendent energy.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

The legend of Osiris tells how he was killed and dismembered by his jealous brother, then resurrected from the various parts of his body by his wife lsis. Egyptian priests reenacted this ancient event with a ritual involving clay and wheat.

“The ritual has to do with making wheat cakes that resemble the pieces of the dismembered god, which are then hidden, and a – a woman playing the – the wife goes and finds the pieces. And then, in the end, the priests eat the pieces.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

Those who ate the sacramental wheat cakes believed they had brought the god Osiris back to life within themselves. But where did early Egyptians get such a profound idea?

“The question then is – are they mimicking things which they saw? And it somehow involved this transformation from a dead Osiris to a person who was regenerated. When we’re looking at some of these rituals, really, contact with the divine is a technology, whether it’s the ritual or whether it’s practical or whether it’s to mimic extraterrestrials.”

– Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

Could the Roman Catholic ceremony of eating the body and blood of Christ actually have its origins in the ancient Egyptian story of Osiris? And if so, does it suggest that the Catholic religion, like other ancient beliefs, has its roots in an extraterrestrial encounter?

“A ritual is a participatory performance and the main objective of the ritual is to communicate something about an underlying belief or an idea.”

– Jon C. Lohse, Ph.D.
(Dir., Ctr for Archaeological Studies, Texas State Univ.)

“These ancient rituals coincided with the appearance of various constellations in the sky, various stars. All across the world in ancient societies there was a belief that human beings were placed on planet Earth by the Star People.”

– Bill Birnes, J.D., Ph.D.
(Author / Publisher, UFO Magazine)

“Mythology, like legend, has real history in it. There’s a strong sense of connection to those sources when one enters into ritual. Our deepest yearnings are for things we cannot remember. We yearn for lost wisdom, lost possibilities. It seems we work toward goals we do not understand. It seems we are driven by aspirations that are truly mysterious.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

“The ones who come from another world are relatives are the ones that bring the loss and the instructions in the ceremony, in the rituals here, so the people will go through this process of evolution.”

Nancy Red Star (Author, Star Ancestors)

Are today’s frequently practiced rituals such as prayers… funerals… and coronations… really based on early man’s attempts to emulate ancient alien visitors? Or are they something even more profound? Could they provide an actual means with which humans may communicate with – or even return to – another, perhaps extraterrestrial existence? If so, we may only know the truth when we ourselves make the journey. Or perhaps…when they return.


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