4.4 – ALIENS & MEGA-DISASTERS (3.2.12)

VOLCANO GODS [5d]

The Republic of Indonesia, Southeast Asia. This archipelago, encompassing over 17,000 islands, is home to 129 active volcanoes. Here, in April 1815, the Mount Tambora volcano exploded in a cataclysm of fire, smoke and ash. The amount of material discharged into the atmosphere – estimated to have been 120 cubic tons – makes the event the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history. With a death toll of nearly 71,000 people, it was the world’s deadliest eruption.

“It had quite an effect worldwide. The year of 1816 was known as the year without a summer. And the reason is because very large volcanic eruptions inject a lot of ash and aerosols in the atmosphere, and they can actually lower the global average temperature.”

Rosally Lopes, Ph.D. (Volcanologist, NASA JPL)

“A volcano on its own is not the disaster, but when it erupts and affects large groups of people, it certainly is. And volcanic eruptions have killed millions of people over time.”

– Mark A. Wilson, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Natural Sciences, College of Wooster)

According to local religious traditions, volcanoes are considered sacred. And the Mount Tambora eruption is thought to have been the work of the gods. But why? Researchers believe answers can be found near the most volatile volcano in Indonesia today Mount Merapi a site believed by Java mysticism to be the center of the world. Strangely, this revered volcano is located just 29 miles from a mysterious ancient Buddhist temple called Borobudur.

“Whenever we are confronted with certain temple sites, some of them are obviously more interesting than others. But in this case, we have a very interesting location, because it is said that this mountain is the center of the Universe. And you will always find that this is linked somehow in mythology with the ascent or the descent of a very important god, sometimes a creator deity or somebody else.”

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

Built during the eighth and ninth centuries, the Borobudur temple was designed in the form of a stepped pyramid, and features a large round dome on top, encircled by 72 statues of Buddha, each seated in a bell-shaped enclosure called a stupa. Is it possible, as Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe, that the temple and stupas were built to honor otherworldly beings and their spacecraft that arrived at Mount Merapi in the ancient past?

“There is no question that Borobudur was a place of pilgrimage that was built only because something significant happened in the remote past, in that specific area. The volcano was so huge for them, so incomprehensible, that they, over time, built stupas, all directed to the sky. Because each stupa, on that complex, represents a chariot of the gods, with which to actually reach outer space.”

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

“This is a very specific shape for a temple. It’s almost as if it is a flat-topped pyramid with something sticking on top there, as if something has landed. And then the question is, why did they construct it so specifically? Was it something which was visually remembering as to what had happened there, or what was still happening on a regular interval?”

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

“All over the world, volcanoes often have some god associated with them who’s controlling the volcano, causing earthquakes, causing devastating eruptions. And in fact, in Indonesia, the people there believe that there is an entire city of gods inside Mount Merapi.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“When I read stories about ancient volcano gods descending or ascending from and into volcanoes, then I think to myself, are we really talking about something here that’s a figment of our ancestors’ imagination? Or is there some truth behind these stories? And the answer is yes. It was not some type of spiritual event, but it was where extraterrestrials descended from the sky in nuts-and-bolts spaceships.”

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

But what is it about volcanoes that seem to attract celestial visitors? And might they have had the power to trigger volcanic eruptions? Hawaii. Here, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, lies Mount Kilauea. Spewing lava almost continuously since 1983, it is the most active volcano in the world. According to ancient Hawaiian legends, the volcano is home to Pele, the goddess of lightning and fire.

“She lives in the enormous volcano on the Big Island in her crater, and I’ve been up there. It’s a big crater, and you can imagine a powerful goddess could live there. She has come from a place of the clouds, a place in the sky. And that’s mysterious. We don’t know where that is.”

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

Is it possible, as Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe, that the origin of the Pele legend can be traced to contact with extraterrestrial beings?

“Just like the American military has hollowed out Cheyenne Mountain, near Colorado Springs, to create a secret and virtually impenetrable military base inside of a mountain, we have, in a sense, similar stories of ancient gods or extraterrestrials doing this to volcanoes, using them as bases. And if there was some danger of people discovering it, or people were building their homes or cities too close, these aliens could have their volcano erupt.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“Is there something extraterrestrial behind those stories of volcano gods? Absolutely yes, because all around the world, our ancestors worshiped nature. There was a god of thunder, there was a god of rain, and even a god of a volcano. However, there was a fine line between worshiping nature and worshiping something else. And that something else was extraterrestrials. They were space travelers that came here from another planetary system.”

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

Might some of the planet’s most active volcanoes really have been home to extraterrestrial forces, as some Ancient Astronaut Theorists contend? Researchers believe further clues can be found in one of the driest and deadliest places on Earth.

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