In 1968 Erich Von Daniken published a book titled Chariots of the Gods. For those of my generation it was a “must read”. I can’t think of anyone who didn’t read it or talk about it. The space program was in full throttle, Hollywood pumped out campy science fiction movies and L. Ron Hubbard was busy dreaming up Scientology. We all gazed at the sky, tin foil hats ready.
Daniken suggested for the first time that Earth had been visited by extraterrestrials, and it was with their help or technology that ancient structures were constructed. He suggested that angels and Gods were nothing more than primitive cultures interpretation of alien visitors. Far fetched? Fair enough.
The interesting thing about his book were the irrefutable facts. For the first time the world learned of the Nasca lines. Draw any conclusion you like, but it doesn’t change the fact that on the top of a mountain plateau in South America lay ancient “lines” etched into the ground, of mammoth proportions, and only discernible from above. We pondered until our heads hurt. Stonehenge, Easter Island, the Great Pyramids, he opened our eyes to wonder. We didn’t have to buy into his alien theories, we did however grasp possibilities of civilizations lost.
Time to dust off Chariots of the Gods for a new generation of dreamers.