6.20 – ALIENS & SUPERHEROES (8.22.14)


X-ray vision. Incredible strength. The power of flight. These are just a few of the superhuman abilities of modern day comic book heroes. But stories of beings with extraordinary powers have been told throughout history, dating all the way back to ancient times. The most famous are those involving the Greek gods known as the Olympians. These powerful beings could create earthquakes, become invisible, and even harness lightning. But there is an important difference between the Olympians and the fictional superheroes of today. The ancient Greeks believed that the Olympians were real.

“A huge difference between the ancient world and the modern world is we have developed this this very strict sense of real and not real, which really didn’t matter so much back then. The ancients believed that these heroes had been there, that they were real people.”

Gerard Jones (Author, The Comic Book Heroes)

“We’re always looking at mythology as a basis for our storytelling. A character like Wonder Woman, is immediately established in Greek mythology. She’s built on the story of the Amazons; there’s Hercules, there’s Zeus; the Olympian gods play every aspect of who she is.”

Dan Didio (Co-Publisher, DC Comics)

Could it be that today’s superheroes trace their origins back to the ancient gods? And if the people who worshipped these gods believed them to be real, is it possible they actually were? Perhaps the answer can be found by more closely examining the stories of gods and heroes in the ancient world.

The Dikteon Cave on the Greek island of Crete is believed by some scholars to fit the location and description given by the 8th-century BC poet Hesiod for the childhood home of Zeus, the leader of the Olympians. Archaeologists have found remains of religious offerings here that date back 4,000 years to the exact period when the stories of the Olympians took place. But could the ancient Greeks have left these offerings to a powerful being they actually witnessed with their own eyes?

“We have these stories of these gods that had these supernatural, magical powers. Let’s be honest magical, supernatural powers don’t really exist. So, what was it that was described? In my opinion, it was people who had access to advanced technology.”

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

“There’s an old saying one man’s magic is another man’s engineering. Magic is just some knowledge we don’t understand. It is, therefore, super or above our understanding. It is transcendent, that’s what “super” implies.”

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

Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe the notion that our ancestors actually witnessed advanced technology is supported by the fact that similar stories of godlike beings can be found on every continent. Historian and author Joseph Campbell found that even cultures that had never had contact with the outside world developed similar hero stories.

“So, the fact that we have all these similar hero stories from all around the world, from different types of ancient cultures, to me suggests that they were visited by the same teachers.”

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

“The myths came from ancient oral culture. We don’t know when, but you can see almost identical gods showing up in ancient India, ancient Greece, and ancient Norway, so it was a long time ago before these people started to spread out.”

Gerard Jones (Author, The Comic Book Heroes)

“The power of flight, magical objects, which allow the superhero to always be victorious. Talismans that allow the superhero to change from an ordinary human being to somebody who can access those magical powers. Those are part of a number of different stories of superheroes that really span time and culture.”

– Sabina Magliocco, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Anthropology & Folklore, CSU Northridge)

But what Ancient Astronaut Theorists find most intriguing is how remarkably similar the tales of ancient heroes are to the superhero stories of today.

“It’s fascinating to me when you look at the Superman stories and how Superman has come from this other planet, one that exploded. He comes here with superpowers. He can fly through the air, and it’s very much like the ancient Sumerian stories and Hindu stories of these extraterrestrial gods coming from other planets to Earth in order to help us and move our planet forward.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

Even the iconic “S” on Superman’s chest seems to have been adapted from legends told thousands of years ago. Heroes and gods from ancient Greek, Buddhist, and Christian religions are portrayed with symbols near their heart.

“In Christian art, you will see Jesus wearing a glowing robe with a glowing heart. So, we see this correspondence here of this imagery of an archetypal figure or a savior figure.”

– William Henry (Author / Investigative Mythologist),
(Author, Freedom’s Gate), (The Judgment Day Device),
(Lost Secrets of the Watchers), (The Secret of Sion),
(Egypt: The Greatest Show on Earth)

Today, almost every superhero has an icon on his chest. Could this be inspired by some piece of technology our ancestors witnessed on an alien being like the arc reactor on Iron Man’s chest that powers his suit? And might these similarities mean the stories of Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man are based on our ancestors’ experiences with extraterrestrials?

“These are things that are common and symbolic throughout these stories, and they, to me, imply that we’re talking about similar figures or figures that are here for the same reason. And that is to advance us forward. What we may be seeing is the reason why Superman may resonate so much with us is not just because we’ve heard the story before in other forms. But because our ancient ancestors actually experienced this story in a very, very real way. In a very, very ancient time.”

– Michael Bara (Author, The Choice),
(Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA),
(Ancient Aliens on the Moon), (Ancient Aliens on Mars),
(Ancient Aliens and Secret Societies)

Is it possible that the reason we continue to be fascinated by superheroes today is that we’re trying to reconnect with similar beings that lived among us thousands of years ago?

“It is possible some deep part of us, perhaps in our DNA or genetic memory, is remembering that there was a time in which the gods, the extraterrestrials, did interact with us. And that may be because, in the past, there were beings who were more advanced than we here on Earth were, who were protecting us from others who were very dangerous and harmful.”

David Wilcock (Author/Filmmaker),
(Author, The Source Field Investigations),
(The Synchronicity Key)

“There’s an intuitive knowing that these stories are true; that these events actually happened; that beings did come from other planets, other worlds to save humankind.”

– William Henry (Author / Investigative Mythologist),
(Author, Freedom’s Gate), (The Judgment Day Device),
(Lost Secrets of the Watchers), (The Secret of Sion),
(Egypt: The Greatest Show on Earth)

Could our modern stories of superheroes really be inspired by encounters that early humans had with extraterrestrial beings? Perhaps further clues can be found by examining mankind’s earliest stories, in which super beings waged war not against humans, but against supervillains.


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