3.9 – ALIENS & DEADLY WEAPONS (9.22.11)

FIRE & METAL [10b]

Earth. 4.5 billion years ago. Molten-hot magma spews from beneath the ground. Lightning cracks down in bursts from the sky. And rivers of lava flow across the land. Ever since the dawn of time, our planet has been changing…evolving…and ripped apart by the awesome forces of nature. And it’s the harnessing of that nature that has offered mankind its most formidable challenge and greatest accomplishment.

“Mankind achieving the ability to manipulate fire, is probably the most historical event that ever happened. When we achieved the ability to master fire, everything changed for mankind.”

David Southwell (Author, Secrets & Lies)

But how did our ancestors learn to recreate and harness this most volatile – and ultimately essential – of the earth’s elements? Was it simply a part of our intellectual evolution?  Or is it possible that the knowledge came from another, more otherworldly, origin?

“When we look at fire, we imagine this idea that somehow our ancestors are rubbing some sticks together, but each culture always says that fire is a gift from the gods.”

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

“In Native American traditions, quite often it’s fire was stolen from the world above. In Maori legends, again, we see the theft of fire from the gods. In the Greek legends, it’s Prometheus stealing fire from the gods.”

   – David Southwell (Author, Secrets & Lies)

How is it that such similar myths exist about fire being given to man by the gods? According to Ancient Astronaut Theorists, this eerie similarity may actually be evidence that gods, or, perhaps, extraterrestrial beings, really do exist. And, if so, it might also reveal how mankind eventually used fire to create deadlier and more sophisticated weapons.

“If we are talking about ancient aliens having an impact, where would we expect to see that impact? I would expect to see it in metal working. And do we actually see hard and fast evidence of mankind making sudden huge leaps in metal working? Yes, we do.”

David Southwell (Author, Secrets & Lies)

“We go from attaching sharp stones to the ends of sticks, and then all of a sudden, we have actual swords.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

According to archaeologists, the first human work with metal weaponry began in the Bronze Age, beginning around 3300 BC in the Near East.

“Most of the swords were at one time either copper or iron.”

– Philip Imbrogno (Astronomer),
(Author, Files From the Edge)

“If you think about the ages we start first with bronze, nickel, softer things that easier to work with the reason we don’t have iron, is the first example is because is a much harder material you have to get much hotter fire to be able to work with it, and it’s just a tougher material to work with.”

Michael Dennin, Ph.D.
(Physicist/Prof. of Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine)

“They were fighting, bashing each other with these swords they were very tough swords, which means it wasn’t always very sharp. And these people were fighting when they’re hacking each other’s head and arms off, they were ripping each other’s head and arms off with blunt pieces of metal.”

      – Rafael Kosche (Asian Sword Expert)

Approximately 1,000 years after the development of iron came another, even greater, breakthrough: The invention of steel.

“No one really knows when people first started making steel. Some say it only dates 1000 BC. To make a steel sword in ancient times was not an easy task. You would have to get high-quality iron. And most of the time they could not get that iron mined from the earth. And meteorites were obtained, which were pure iron, which made the best steel swords. And these were considered magic swords. And they were usually a guarded secret, and villages would have one or two steel swords. And there’s tales about warlords who had one purpose in mind: To find all the steel swords that were made and take them for their army. There’s no doubt that the cultures that were able to obtain steel usually became masters of the world.”

– Philip Imbrogno (Astronomer),
(Author, Files From the Edge)

But where the forging of iron requires a relatively unsophisticated knowledge of metallurgy, the creation of steel is a more complex scientific process. So, who, or what, was responsible for this incredible evolutionary innovation?

“In the Book of Enoch, we see some type of interaction between celestial beings and human beings. What did they give us? They gave us steel. And the legend goes – not only from the Bible and from Enoch, but it goes to Sumerian times – where the gods had steel.”

– Philip Imbrogno (Astronomer),
(Author, Files From the Edge)

“The making of sword is a magical process back in the time before modern metallurgy the ability to take natural material and make a sword out of it was considered the work of a wizard.”

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

“They mustn’t look the village blacksmith’s in the eyes because people are frightened of being killed by his gaze. The blacksmith isn’t allowed to live in the village because of his magical powers.”

Peter Fiebag (Author, The Eternity Machine)

The notion of metal working being a dark and magical process was so prevalent in the ancient world that in Greek mythology, even Zeus looked upon his son Hephaestus, the god of metallurgy, with suspicion.

“Hephaestus is responsible for making armature for the gods. But the real miracle that he does is for this shield for Achilles. And it’s got the whole Universe on it. What’s amazing about this thing is that it’s not just a static shield, it’s alive, this is not something that a human being makes. This is terrifying, this is scary, and this thing will kill you, just in its own kind of metaphysical beauty. And so he has this weird ability to kind of endow metal with a kind of life of its own. So, Zeus is, in fact, very suspicious of this guy and just tries to get rid of him. So, Zeus picks him up and slings him, and he just falls and falls and falls and falls and falls until he crash-lands on the island of Lemnos. There is a little city on the island of Lemnos called Hephaestia, so there’s a place that is named specifically after Hephaestus.”

Richard Rader, Ph.D.
(Lecturer, UCLA Dept of Classics/UCSB Dept of Classics),
(Author, Theology and Existentialism in Aeschylus)

3,000 years ago, Hephaestia was one of the most important cities in Greece. And according to the ancient stories, Hephaestus actually lived here among the people of Lemnos. The Greeks worshiped this divine blacksmith and built monuments to him. But could this mythological being have actually been present in ancient Greece? And if so, might he have been not a God but an ancient alien visitor?

“In Greek mythology, you conceive of gods as kind of like human beings. And we have lots of literature which deals with a whole range of interactions that human beings can have with gods.”

Richard Rader, Ph.D.
(Lecturer, UCLA Dept of Classics/UCSB Dept of Classics),
(Author, Theology and Existentialism in Aeschylus)

“It is very clearly stated that the knowledge for making swords was given directly by the gods. And those gods weren’t figments of our ancestors’ imagination, but they were physical beings.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Is it really possible that our ancestors’ ability to forge metals and make weapons was aided by extraterrestrial beings? And might stories of swords imbued with magical powers be something more than mere works of fiction? Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe the answer can be found half a world away – in Japan.

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