Hubei Province, Central China. Covering an area of over 100 square miles, Wudang Mountain has long served as the sacred center of China’s oldest surviving religion Taoism. This ancient religion emphasizes living in harmony with the Tao, the energy that is the driving force behind everything that exists in the Universe. Located high in the mist-covered peaks and cliffs of Wudang Mountain is a remarkable Taoist complex of temples and palaces. Some dating back to the 7th-century AD.

“This is where Taoism began. And this mountain is still revered today. Very sacred mountain. Many pilgrims go there to experience some of these temples. Some that are devoted to Taoist philosophy, others to martial arts. The most famous temple of all is called the Nanyan Temple. All the features in this temple are built right into the side of a mountain. And it’s considered one of the most important temples in all of China.”

– Brad Olsen (Author, Modern Esoteric: Beyond Our Senses),
(Sacred Places Around the World: 108 Destinations)

According to accounts from the Song Dynasty, it was here that the Taoist hero Zhenwu abandoned his role as a prince to seek spiritual enlightenment in the Wudang Mountains in the 27th-century BC. The stories of Zhenwu describe him as possessing many magical abilities, including the power to summon thunder and lightning.

“Zhenwu translates as “the perfected warrior.” And he was particularly solicited for his exorcistic healing powers and also for protecting the nation. He was a very, powerful protective deity.”

– Dominic Steavu, Ph.D.
(Asst. Prof. of Chinese Religious Studies, UCSB)

Perhaps the most famous account of Zhenwu’s incredible abilities is believed to have taken place on the very location of the Nanyan Temple itself.

“The Nanyan Temple has a very peculiar site. It’s marked by a 2.9-meter horizontal pillar or beam that extends over a very deep ravine right below it. And at the end of this pillar or beam, you have an incense burner that has been placed where the heads of two dragons meet. It’s believed that this pillar marks the spot where Zhenwu first fathomed the cosmic truths of Taoism. And upon fathoming these truths, he straddled two dragons, and ascended up to the skies.”

– Dominic Steavu, Ph.D.
(Asst. Prof. of Chinese Religious Studies, UCSB)

“Zhenwu flew upward. He flew onto his reward, to transcendence itself, and became one with heaven. And this gives a sense of the connection between the divine and the mountains. So, it is considered a central shrine in the Taoist tradition, a place of great holiness. It is also spectacularly beautiful.”

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

“I find the story of Zhenwu interesting because we have another example of somebody having disappeared into the sky when he left. He took off back into the sky to return to the stars. Now what does that mean, riding on a dragon? Because dragons as we think of them today never existed. They were misunderstood technology, misunderstood machines.”

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

“So, you have to wonder if this dragon that they were describing isn’t really some kind of spaceship? If Zhenwu was using the Wudang Mountain and the cliff face that was so inaccessible as his launching pad to make his journeys, the people down below would look up and they would see this fiery dragon and lights in the sky and a roar of flame and thunder and to them it was a dragon.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“People were so blown away by this that it not only becomes legend, it becomes religion, and it becomes the center piece of faith. When we see the Nanyan Temple, we’re seeing some sort of physical artifact left behind to support the notion that Zhenwu was able to reach the top of this mountain and then head directly into the heavens. A very real report of extraterrestrial and human interaction which was then documented with the construction of this temple.”

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

Was Zhenwu an extraterrestrial? Did he use the Wudang Mountain as a launching site for his return to the stars? Ancient Astronaut Theorists say yes, and believe it was not the only mountain to be visited by otherworldly beings.

Taticev Kamen, Macedonia, 2001. Archaeologists investigating this volcanic peak 3,300 feet above sea level discover what they believe to be the remains of a nearly 4,000-year-old observatory.

“The Kokino Observatory in Macedonia has been recognized by NASA as one of the most impressive observatories of its kind in the world. The others being the Cambodian temples and Stonehenge itself.”

– Andrew Collins (Author, Gateway to Atlantis),
(The Cygnus Mystery), (Beneath the Pyramids),
(Göbekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods)

“It’s composed of four thrones that were carved out of stone that face east, the direction of the rising sun.”

– 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)

In addition to the four thrones are manmade markers carved into the eastern rock wall that track celestial movements with remarkable precision. This location also tracks the movement of the sun, tracking the solstices, and the equinoxes.

“And in fact, they’ve discovered that the Kokino Observatory is a kind of lunar calendar that shows the phases of the moon and the 19-year eclipse cycle, which is something that Stonehenge does, as well. So, what we’re looking at here is something that is very advanced knowledge, and we don’t know where they got this from.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“It tracks the movement of the moon, and also the movement and location of the Pleiades.”

– 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)

In many ancient cultures throughout the world including the Egyptians, Greeks, Mayans, Celts, and numerous Native American tribes the Pleiades Star Cluster is associated with the gods, and in some cases, even the origins of the human race. The earliest known depiction of this star cluster is an artifact known as the Nebra Sky Disk, which dates back to approximately the 17th-century BC the same time period most archaeologists believe the Kokino Observatory was built. But, according to Ancient Astronaut Theorists, a connection to the Pleiades is not the only aspect of Kokino that is curiously similar to other ancient cultures.

“What I find fascinating about Kokino is that these stone thrones aren’t exclusive to Kokino. But those stone thrones can be found all around the world. In fact, we find the exact same structures at Sacsayhuaman in Peru, in Greece, in Italy.”

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

“When you put all this together, it makes one wonder if in fact this was a site that was visited long ago by star beings or extraterrestrials. And that they who created this observatory were perhaps commemorating something that they experienced as a result of an encounter with these beings.”

– 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)

Is the Kokino Observatory evidence of an otherworldly presence in the mountains of Macedonia? Did extraterrestrials use locations like these to share scientific knowledge with early humans? Ancient Astronaut Theorists say yes, and as further proof, they point to numerous cultures that believe otherworldly beings visit the mountains even to this day.


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