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December 17, 2016

A Sensational Introduction to the Ancient Astronaut Therory
I actually read this book for the thidr time during August 2016 and somehow neglected to write a review. Before I process with my review I must warn readers that I believe that it is probable that Earth was visited by Extraterrestrials who interacted and influenced humanity in the ancient past! I also believe these visits continue even today. Now for my review.
"Chariot of the Gods" was written neatly 50 years ago and was the first book I read to discuss the possibility of visits to Earth by extraterrestrials. I picked up the book in an Airport Bookstore just prior to my flight to Vietnam in January of 1969. I finished the book before we arrived in country and was hooked! Von Daniekan's writing style, observations, and analysis of the evidence used by mainstream science anchor theology to explain the presence of artifacts, writings and other materials, coupled with his alternative explanations and proofs were not only plausible, but also down right convincing. His writing style is conversational and non threatening. He provides the facts and asks thw reader to draw their own conclusions. To say this book was controversial in the late 1960s and early 1970s is an understatement! The amazing thing is that many of his early conclusions have gained wide acceptance with millions of people. Ancient Astronaut Theory is, in my opinion, no longer fringe science and we have Erich to thank for it!! I will leave it to you the reader to uncover the details of his findings and, if you like read his other 30 or so books on this topic to reach your own conclusions. I recommend this book to readers with an open mind and for those of you, such as myself, who are based on the evidence, not sure that main stream science and theology has got it right. I think those of you who take the time to read Von Daniekan will enjoy his work!
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Dec 09, 2014

اريك فون دانيكن محقق و نويسنده ای است كه هزينه های زيادی را متحمل مي شود تا به رازهايی در مورد گذشته بشر دست يابد



كليسا و دانشمندانی او را به سخره گرفتند و عقايدش را نوعي تخيل بچه گانه دانستند ولی اين محقق سمج دست از تلاش نكشيد و توانست با چاپ چندين كتاب نظريه اش را به جهان نشان دهد و علاقمندان و طرفداران زيادي پيدا كند
وي با هزينه خود به نقاط دور دنيا سفر مي كند تا از نزديك شواهد را بررسي كند و بخاطر مستند بودن كتاب هايش، برنامه تلويزيونی هم از آثارش ساخته شده است
مدارك و مستندات كتاب واقعا جالب اريك فون دانيكن محقق و نويسنده ای است كه هزينه های زيادی را متحمل مي شود تا به رازهايی در مورد گذشته بشر دست يابد



كليسا و دانشمندانی او را به سخره گرفتند و عقايدش را نوعي تخيل بچه گانه دانستند ولی اين محقق سمج دست از تلاش نكشيد و توانست با چاپ چندين كتاب نظريه اش را به جهان نشان دهد و علاقمندان و طرفداران زيادي پيدا كند
وي با هزينه خود به نقاط دور دنيا سفر مي كند تا از نزديك شواهد را بررسي كند و بخاطر مستند بودن كتاب هايش، برنامه تلويزيونی هم از آثارش ساخته شده است
مدارك و مستندات كتاب واقعا جالب و در خور تامل هستند.ستوني دوهزار ساله كه زنگ نزده و تنها با جديدترين روشهاي نوين علمي ميتوان چنين ستوني ساخت
سنگهاي غول پيكري از سر انسان هايي غول مانند كه بزرگترين جرثقيل ها شايد
...قادر به حملش نباشند و


:نتیجه

راستش هنوز اعتقادی به وجود آدم فضائی ندارم ولی بنظرم اگر بگوئیم ما تنها ساکنان این جهان بزرگ هستیم احتمالا این هم حرف کاملا درستی نباشد

بیان چنین نظریه ای که فضائی ها در زمان گذشته به زمین آمده اند و همان خدایان می باشند جرات زیادی می خواهد. بنظرم باید به دیدگاه فون دانیکن احترام گذاشت و اگر حرف درستی می زند آنرا پذیرفت و اگر حرف نادرستی می زند با دلیل و منطق آنرا رد کرد

در چند سایت خواندم که خیلی از حرفهایش ناشی از تخیل یا دروغ می باشد و این ستون فلزی که زنگ نمی زند وجود ندارد. حالا درست یا غلطش را نمیدانم

چند تا عکس می آورم. قضاوت با خودتان

فونیکن ادعا می کند این نقش لامپ در مصر باستان است و مخالفان وی آن را گل نیلوفر می دانند



آدم فضائی یا فقط تصوری ذهنی؟




Nazca Lines:

تصاویر زیر بوسیله عکس هوایی از بیابان های پرو گرفته شده و به خطوط نازکا مشهورند.حدوود سیصد نقش از جانوران گوناگون چون ماهی ، میمون ، پرنده و مار که در مقیاسی وسیع بوجود آمده اند وبرخی از آنها صدها متر طول دارند
آیا این آثار کهن توسط انسانها بوجود آمده؟




باستانشناسانی چون "ماریا ریچه" بر این باورند که این خطوط در اثر راه پیمایی انسانها و احتمالا زائران نوعی مراسم مذهبی ایجاد شده اند ...more
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May 03, 2012

Erinnerungen an die Zukunft = Chariots of The Gods, Erich von Däniken
Chariots of the Gods? Unsolved Mysteries of the Past (German: Erinnerungen an die Zukunft: Ungelöste Rätsel der Vergangenheit; in English, Memories of the Future: Unsolved Mysteries of the Past) is a book authored in 1968 by Erich von Däniken. It involves the hypothesis that the technologies and religions of many ancient civilizations were given to them by ancient astronauts who were welcomed as gods.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز Erinnerungen an die Zukunft = Chariots of The Gods, Erich von Däniken
Chariots of the Gods? Unsolved Mysteries of the Past (German: Erinnerungen an die Zukunft: Ungelöste Rätsel der Vergangenheit; in English, Memories of the Future: Unsolved Mysteries of the Past) is a book authored in 1968 by Erich von Däniken. It involves the hypothesis that the technologies and religions of many ancient civilizations were given to them by ancient astronauts who were welcomed as gods.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز سی ام ماه ژوئن سال 1984 میلادی
عنوان: ارابه خدایان؛ نویسنده: اریش (اریک) فون دانیکن؛ مترجم: محمدعلی نجفی؛ تهران، نشر اندیشه، چاپ سوم 1358، در 192 ص، چاپ چهارم 1361؛ موضوع: موجودات فرازمینی، حیات در سیارات دیگر سده 20 م
عنوان: ارابه خدایان؛ نویسنده: اریش (اریک) فون دانیکن؛ مترجم: سیامک بودا؛ تهران، دنیای دانش؛ 1380؛ تهران، بدرقه جاویدان، چاپ پنجم 1361، در 243 ص، چاپ دوم 1386؛ در 231 ص؛ شابک: 9647736142؛
عنوان: ارابه خدایان؛ نویسنده: اریش (اریک) فون دانیکن؛ مترجم: ایرج بقایی کرمانی؛ تهران، ارک، 1378، در 319 ص، شابک: 9649212914؛
عنوان: ارابه خدایان؛ نویسنده: اریش (اریک) فون دانیکن؛ مترجم: مهرداد شاهین؛ تهران، نگارستان کتاب، چاپ سوم 1385، در 394 ص، شابک: 9789648155266؛ چاپ چهارم 1386؛ چاپ پنجم 1387؛
عنوان: ارابه خدایان؛ نویسنده: اریش (اریک) فون دانیکن؛ مترجم: اسماعیل قهرمانی پور (خویی)؛ تهران، تلاش، 1389، در 292 ص، شابک: 9786005791051؛
افسانه‌ ها زاییده ی خیال محض آدمی تلقی نمی‌شوند. افسانه‌ ها را نه تا از نظرگاه هنر بلکه باید از نظر علمی، و با دید فضایی، بررسی کرد. زیرا افسانه‌ ها باقی‌مانده ی رخدادها و روابط تاریخی دوردست این سیاره با سایر عوالم سماوی هستند. اساس این کتاب بر پایهه ی این فرضیه‌ است، که بسیاری از تکنولوژی‌های تمدن‌های باستانی، و ادیان، برگرفته از مسافران فضایی هستند، که به نام خدایان پذیرفته شده‌ اند. به عبارت دیگر، کلمۀ: «خدایان» که در کتاب‌های باستانی، و تورات آمده، در واقع موجودات فرازمینی هستند، که انسان‌های آن دوران، به آنها «خدایان» می‌گفتند. در این کتاب، نویسنده به بررسی آثار، و نشانه‌ های باقی‌مانده از مسافران فضایی، در میان آثار تاریخی، و باستانی، و عهد عتیق، می‌پردازد. ترجمه‌ های مختلفی از این کتاب، با فاصله ی کمی از انتشار آنها، در ایران در سال‌های مختلف و توسط ناشران و مترجمان مختلف به چاپ رسیده‌ است. ا. شربیانی ...more
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Dec 10, 2012

Däniken must have won some mighty awards for this one, right? Right?

I have to admit that it was seriously entertaining though, mostly in imagining who it was who played the practical joke on Däniken each time he sticks his neck out on an imagined 'fact'.

Just to sum up the book: how can anyone imagine a concept like Time Travel without having experienced/seen it? Surely Victorian England was visited and ruled by the Time Lords who then vanished. leaving us to roil in our longing stories. People Däniken must have won some mighty awards for this one, right? Right?

I have to admit that it was seriously entertaining though, mostly in imagining who it was who played the practical joke on Däniken each time he sticks his neck out on an imagined 'fact'.

Just to sum up the book: how can anyone imagine a concept like Time Travel without having experienced/seen it? Surely Victorian England was visited and ruled by the Time Lords who then vanished. leaving us to roil in our longing stories. People who have read the book, please laugh along with me...

This is not to deny that there are mysteries in the past, but then so are there in any field of human study - that does not mean that we have to postulate such excesses based on so little evidence. I can't resist going off on the same vein again - How can anyone imagine talking animals? Surely ancient India was home to intelligent (and highly literate) animals as well as the sporadic aliens, all conspiring to befuddle the poor humans into worshiping them and then mythologizing them.

The mistake is to rigidly try to classify the myths as facts or stories. If only Däniken had taken the time to understand the power of symbolism in myth-making... hell, he could have done that purely by reading a few comic books!

By the way, was it only me or was Däniken's usage of the word "utopia" just all over the place and far away from the accepted meaning? ...more
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Mar 20, 2010

I read Erich von Däniken's Chariots of the Gods many many years ago (I borrowed it from my college roommate in the late 1980s) and even giving this book one star, is basically (at least in my opinion) just one star too many. Now aside from the fact that the information presented by the author is at best wildly speculative and weirdly imaginative, Chariots of the Gods also and more importantly has a to me profoundly anti-humanistic (and even perhaps borderline racist) feel to it. For to me, it I read Erich von Däniken's Chariots of the Gods many many years ago (I borrowed it from my college roommate in the late 1980s) and even giving this book one star, is basically (at least in my opinion) just one star too many. Now aside from the fact that the information presented by the author is at best wildly speculative and weirdly imaginative, Chariots of the Gods also and more importantly has a to me profoundly anti-humanistic (and even perhaps borderline racist) feel to it. For to me, it has ALWAYS seemed as though the author, as though Erich von Däniken simply cannot and will not accept the fact that the great civilisations of the past were or could have been created by humans (that humans, but perhaps more specifically the great non Caucasian civilisations of the past, such as the Maya or the Aztecs could simply not have been intelligent and/or advanced enough to create monuments, art, music, whatever), that therefore, the great civilisations of the past must have been the product of alien invasions, alien contact (and that even religion itself must therefore also be a product of the latter, that deities, angels, mythological beings were originally aliens, the aliens who supposedly taught humanity, because humanity itself was somehow not imaginative, intelligent and capable enough to create civilisation, buildings, independent thought). And yes indeed I do well realise that there are some (and perhaps even many) who actually seem to believe in von Däniken's theories, and I also know that there are others who find his theories interesting and entertaining (albeit also unbelievable). But his speculations, the assertions as they are shown and presented in Chariots of the Gods (and his other and similar books) have always left a rather nastily bitter taste in my mouth, a feeling that the author in many ways actually tends to actively despise humanity, and that he especially despises and cannot accept the fact that individuals like the Mayans, the Egyptians, the Aztects were able to create, to think with cleverness and intelligence (read their OWN cleverness and intelligence). ...more
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Jul 01, 2016



تصویر فوق مربوط به مقبره ی "پاکال" حاکم مایایی است، تمدن بزرگ فراموش شده ای در امریکای جنوبی. این لوحه با قدمتی دو هزار و ششصد ساله، طرح بسیار غریبی را نشان می دهد که بسیاری از باستان شناسان را دچار حیرت و سر در گمی کرده است. این تصویر که بنا به عقیده ی عمومی یکی از تجربه های "مذهبی-عرفانی" پاکال و سفر "روحانی" او به عالم بالا را توصیف می کند، با کمی دقت مشخص می شود که در حقیقت شرح یک سفر "جسمانی" به فضاست. پاکال ابزاری به دهان خود زده است که به طرز شگفت انگیزی مشابه یک "ماسک اکسیژن" است و بر

تصویر فوق مربوط به مقبره ی "پاکال" حاکم مایایی است، تمدن بزرگ فراموش شده ای در امریکای جنوبی. این لوحه با قدمتی دو هزار و ششصد ساله، طرح بسیار غریبی را نشان می دهد که بسیاری از باستان شناسان را دچار حیرت و سر در گمی کرده است. این تصویر که بنا به عقیده ی عمومی یکی از تجربه های "مذهبی-عرفانی" پاکال و سفر "روحانی" او به عالم بالا را توصیف می کند، با کمی دقت مشخص می شود که در حقیقت شرح یک سفر "جسمانی" به فضاست. پاکال ابزاری به دهان خود زده است که به طرز شگفت انگیزی مشابه یک "ماسک اکسیژن" است و بر دوش خود چیزی انداخته که شبیه کپسول هایی است که فضانوردان امروزی بر دوش می اندازند. در نتیجه به راحتی می توان حدس زد مرکب پر نقش و نگار او که وظیفه ی خطیر سفر آسمانی او را بر عهده دارد، چیزی نیست جز یک سفینه ی فضایی.

متأسفانه محققان به جای دیدن این شواهد واضح که به روشنی ارتباط تمدّن های باستانی با موجودات فضایی را اثبات می کنند، سعی کرده اند با توجیهات نامعقول و ناپذیرفتنی به نحوی این حجم عظیم دلایل را انکار یا فراموش کنند. اما این کتاب حقیقت را برای شما فاش خواهد کرد، حقیقتی که محققان در این مدت طولانی سعی به کتمان آن داشته اند.

فقط یک نکته ی کوچک هست:

(view spoiler)[این که تصویر فوق سراسر ساختگی است. مقبره ی پاکال به شکل زیر است، که در آن نه اثری از ماه و ستاره هست، نه ماسک اکسیژن و نه سفینه ی فضایی:



و کل این ریویو یک شوخی و ساخته ی خودم بود! هر چند شمایی کلی از فضا و محتوای کتاب به دست می دهد! (hide spoiler)] ...more
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Dec 11, 2010

brilliant psychedelic wonderous book.
even if you dont believe a word of it.
if you enjoy it there is a book called 'the spaceships of ezekiel', by j.f. blumrich (a NASA engineer), in response to daniken. "for me, an engineer who began his career in aircraft desgin in 1934, and who was working on large rockets and spacecraft, such books provide wonderful entertainment, and no more; they discribe exciting events that occured at times and in places that cannot be checked. so, when the "daniken" brilliant psychedelic wonderous book.
even if you dont believe a word of it.
if you enjoy it there is a book called 'the spaceships of ezekiel', by j.f. blumrich (a NASA engineer), in response to daniken. "for me, an engineer who began his career in aircraft desgin in 1934, and who was working on large rockets and spacecraft, such books provide wonderful entertainment, and no more; they discribe exciting events that occured at times and in places that cannot be checked. so, when the "daniken" arrived, i read, i smiled, grinned and laughed - until i found a passage in which daniken write about the prophet ezekiel. here were the technical statements and claims right in the fields of my own professional knowledge! suddenly it seemed very easy - i would take a bible and would explain why a certain von daniken was wrong. how sure i was!
I soon lost my grin, became profoundly curious, and what followed was a wonderful experience, unusual in evert respect, an undertaking which was done exclusively in my spare time, since NASA, my employer, is not engaged in such matters.
Hardly ever was a total defeat so rewarding, so fascinating, and so delighful!"

i think this is the perfect response to daniken. it doesn't matter if you think it's real. it fascinates the mind and it expands the depths in which you think and it causes you to question aspects of our history. our history which is written on cave walls and ancient texts. a whole civilisation which is so far away, we cannot comprehend, we dismiss it all as a mythical superstitions.

perhaps civilisation has devolved. perhaps we really have forgotten the teachings of beings from another cosmos. or it might be a load of shit. either way, an unforgettable book. ...more
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August 26, 2014

The Definitive First Read for Ancient Alien Theorists
This is the book that first brought the ancient alien theory to mainstream culture. It should be the first read for all ancient alien theorists. If you think the ancient alien theory is "out of this world" ridiculous, I dare you to read this book. Von Daniken doesn't just make suppositions off his own beliefs, he offers serious archaeological evidence to support his theories. If you haven't a clue what an ancient alien is, if you are an out of the box thinker, or you love archaeology &/or history, this is also a must read for you. I first read this book when I was in grade school & I still read it with the same sense of wonder.
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Nov 10, 2015

دوستانِ گرانقدر، نوشتن و نقد از این کتاب هم دشوار است و هم به نوعی تکراری
بهتر این است که این نوع کتاب ها را علمی و تخیلی، قلمداد کنیم.. چراکه نویسنده در قسمتهایی از کتاب مانندِ صفحۀ 183 الی 190 ، تکیه بر داستانِ موهوم و تخیلی آدم و حوا و نوح و پسرانش دارد و برایِ توضیح در مورد شرمِ جنسی، به لخت یا برهنه بودن آنها اشاره میکند و در قسمتهایِ دیگر بارها به هر دلیل به افسانه هایِ کتب به اصطلاح آسمانی رجوع میکند ... پس اگر بخواهیم این کتاب را در دسته بندیِ ادبیاتی وارد کنیم، به دستۀ علمی و تخیلی ‎دوستانِ گرانقدر، نوشتن و نقد از این کتاب هم دشوار است و هم به نوعی تکراری
‎بهتر این است که این نوع کتاب ها را علمی و تخیلی، قلمداد کنیم.. چراکه نویسنده در قسمتهایی از کتاب مانندِ صفحۀ 183 الی 190 ، تکیه بر داستانِ موهوم و تخیلی آدم و حوا و نوح و پسرانش دارد و برایِ توضیح در مورد شرمِ جنسی، به لخت یا برهنه بودن آنها اشاره میکند و در قسمتهایِ دیگر بارها به هر دلیل به افسانه هایِ کتب به اصطلاح آسمانی رجوع میکند ... پس اگر بخواهیم این کتاب را در دسته بندیِ ادبیاتی وارد کنیم، به دستۀ علمی و تخیلی نزدیکتر است، همچون آثارِ "آرتور سی كلارك" یا "ژول ورن" یا "آیزاك آسیموف" و ... چراکه نوشته های مربوط به دانش، ممکن است در آینده، درستیِ آنها اثبات شود و البته اگر هم اثبات نشود ایراد ندارد
‎ولی جالب اینجاست که خیلی ها بدونِ آنکه این کتاب را خوانده باشند و بدون آنکه کوچکترین پژوهش تاریخی انجام داده باشند، این نوشته ها از "فون دنیکن" را افسانه ای و موهوم میدانند و میگویند: به عقل جور در نمیاد.. این عدۀ نادان و بیخرد به عقل کرم خورده و کلۀ پوشالیشان جور در می آید که عیسی از آسمان برایش سفرۀ غذا به پایین آمد و هرچه یارانش خوردند تمام نشد و یا عیسی پس از مرگ به آسمان رفت... یا محمد رسولِ اللهِ اکبر، با موجودی شبیه یابو و الاغ (نام این یابو سفید براق بوده است) همراه جبرییل رفت آسمان هفتم و یا سنگها و درخت جلویِ محمد تعظیم میکرده و سلام میداده اند... یا موسی عصایش را انداخت و اژدها شد و اژدهاهایِ دیگر را خورد و یا دریا (رود نیل) را شکافت و از آن عبور کردند... یا خدا دنیا را در 6 روز آفرید، که اگر به هر کودکی داستان آفرینش را بیان کنید نمیداند بخندد و یا گریه کند... و کلی چرت و پرت و موهوماتِ اینچنینی را باور میکنند... با صوت و تلاوت و فریاد از اعماق وجودِ نادانشان، میگویند در روز قیامت ستاره ها بر سر موجودات فرو میریزند... آنقدر بی خرد هستند که نمیفهمند کوچکترین این ستاره ها از زمین بزرگتر است و تعداد آنها به میلیاردها ستاره میرسد.. و برخی از آنها احتمالاً الان وجود ندارند، ولی ما نور آنها را مشاهده میکنیم... البته از کتاب هایِ آسمانی و سردمدارانشان همچون حلّی و شیخ مفید و کافی و مخصوصاً علامۀ علامه ها مجلسیِ نادان و بیشعور که میگوید: هر قطرۀ باران را یک فرشته بر رویِ دوش خود تا رویِ زمین حمل میکند، بیش از این انتظار نمیتوان داشت
‎پس عزیزانم، این کتاب را بخوانید و برخی از آنها را به عنوانِ نظریه هایِ علمی و حتی تاریخی، قبول کنید، نه اینکه آنها را موهوم بدانید و خیال کنید که داستانی فانتزی میخوانید... کتاب در نوعِ خودش، کتابِ ارزشمندی میباشد
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5

December 30, 2018

Great book on how ancient people including biblical saw flying chariots
I grew up deeply religions even attending a very conservative religious college. I have no doubt there is a God but I believe that we have been misled by the Bible, archaeologist, and historians regarding ancient issues such as flying dragons, flying chariots, the pyramids, and other explainable events. There is too much evidence from other historical documents, including the Bible, Quoran, Jewish texts, Sumerian text, Book of Enoch, etc, that when collectively combined, show there's a much bigger picture of history. This book does a great job in taking the FACTS from all these sources to explain various phenomena from the past. Its a great read and I high recommend it...if you can read it with an open mind. At one point mankind believe the world was flat and the Sun rotated around the Earth. Similarly this book will give you a whole new perspective on the Chariots of the Gods.
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Jul 26, 2013

3.5 Stars

I think this sums up the book







Don't misinterpret my rating. I gave it 3.5 stars based on entertainment value alone. To sum up the belief the author, in the past, aliens visited pre homo sapien man, bred with the women and came back later to check up on us and breed a bit more.

The author attempts to prove his theory that aliens visited ancient man by stating repeatedly that ancient man, given the knowledge they apparently possessed, could not have accomplished, without help, many of 3.5 Stars

I think this sums up the book







Don't misinterpret my rating. I gave it 3.5 stars based on entertainment value alone. To sum up the belief the author, in the past, aliens visited pre homo sapien man, bred with the women and came back later to check up on us and breed a bit more.

The author attempts to prove his theory that aliens visited ancient man by stating repeatedly that ancient man, given the knowledge they apparently possessed, could not have accomplished, without help, many of the wondrous things they have been credited with or have obtained. Clearly the author believed that ancient man was a stupid religious being.

I could rant on the stupid theories in the book but I will let you do it yourself. Although many of the theories are nothing but wild postulation, the subject matter is interesting. I have always been intrigued about the possibility of alien life, so, crazy as this guy is, its a fun subject.

I read the book like a wild piece of fiction and was not disappointed. ...more
5

March 14, 2017

Eye opener
Erich von Daniken had the insight and courage to research a topic which would be ridiculed by most people. He begs us to ask why and how so many ancient structures and artifacts exist around the world that is impossible to build even today. All the ancient myths and religions talk about flying gods. Where they ancient visitors or explorers from a distant planet or galaxy?
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July 31, 2013

Chariots of the Gods
I have heard about this book for years, but until now never really thought about reading it until I watched H2's, "Ancient Aliens" series. There are different theories of our existence and learning about them is interesting. Having been raised Catholic, it can be difficult to think out of the box, but how else can we learn, explore, and seek new questions and answers. This book, and others like it, open our minds to other possibilities of our creation and our history. I understand why in 1967, this book created a stir. However, today, the questions that the book asks, do not seem so far-fetched. Even the Catholic church reaches out to the heavens (with their large telescope) to see if there are answers and knowledge to gain about what has happened in the past, the present, and the future. Sometimes, I had to read things a couple times to make sure I understood them correctly, but all-in-all it was interesting and entertaining and finished in 3 days. I will purchase other books by Erich von Daniken as long as the price is right.
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April 15, 2018

Interesting theories, but there is no hard evidence to back it up.
The theories von Daniken presents in this book are very interesting.
I watched the documentary series "Codes and Conspiracy" episode "Ancient astrounats" and that got me to buy this book. The theories in the book are indeed unsual and they do make a lot sense. The authors interpretations of ancient ruins, images and legends from all over the world makes sense, and I can see that there is a possibility that things did occur in the way the author portrays in this book.

But, there is a lot "what if" questions in this book.
If von Daniken could back up his intriguing theories with hard, concrete evidence, we would have to rewrite our history. The theories are both interesting and intriguing, but, "where is the evidence"?
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Dec 14, 2012

I am not ashamed to say that there was a time when I took Erich von Däniken seriously (now, stop the sniggering, it's not funny!). Maybe it was a side-effect of my mother's crazy theory, which she narrated to me again and again, that the Pushpaka Vimana in the epic Ramayana was a real aeroplane; and the sights described as Rama, Lakshmana and Sita flew back to Ayodhya from Sri Lanka was really written from first hand accounts. Well, you must admit it was a really pretty fantasy.


Now here was a I am not ashamed to say that there was a time when I took Erich von Däniken seriously (now, stop the sniggering, it's not funny!). Maybe it was a side-effect of my mother's crazy theory, which she narrated to me again and again, that the Pushpaka Vimana in the epic Ramayana was a real aeroplane; and the sights described as Rama, Lakshmana and Sita flew back to Ayodhya from Sri Lanka was really written from first hand accounts. Well, you must admit it was a really pretty fantasy.


Now here was a guy who was apparently presenting "scientific" evidence for the same! I was overjoyed. I devoured the book...

...and slowly, doubts began to appear.

Because there is very little science in the book, you see. What we have is a book-long rant of a crackpot enthusiast who cannot even get his mythology correct. After some time, even the most gullible reader will feel that this is (to borrow from Wodehouse) "pure apple-sauce".

Oh well... I'll give him three stars for entertaining me. ...more
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Aug 06, 2011

I think the quick answer to this is “Probably not”. Coming at this from the background of astrophysics I can see enough misrepresentation of facts, falsities and misconceptions within his description of basic physics to lose trust in the author. There were some terrible errors in this book. The thing that had me shaking my head in amusement was when the author tried to draw some deep meaning about how these certain temples are connected to the length of the year on Venus and then get that figure I think the quick answer to this is “Probably not”. Coming at this from the background of astrophysics I can see enough misrepresentation of facts, falsities and misconceptions within his description of basic physics to lose trust in the author. There were some terrible errors in this book. The thing that had me shaking my head in amusement was when the author tried to draw some deep meaning about how these certain temples are connected to the length of the year on Venus and then get that figure wrong. Not only get it wrong, but gave it a year longer than Earth’s year!

The fact that he really demonstrated a lack of knowledge on the space part is one thing, but I got the distinct impression that he had misunderstood what the past was like. Throughout the book he underestimated the ingenuity of the people of the past and tries to create a image of them as being stupid and helpless. He even refers to them as “savages” which made me cringe. One thing to think about is that they could survive without technology and we could not. Who really is the more advanced, them or us?

I feel that every grey area, every part of history obscured by the fog of time, is exploited and made to fit somewhere into his sprawling untidy theory. Half way through I lost track of what the theory was supposed to be. “Is this a book about surviving nuclear bombs in prehistory?” I would ask myself.

Throughout the book I noticed that he would insert his theory into conversations about real science and drop in discussion by real scientists and yet not draw the distinction between the established idea and his idea. It was almost as if his idea was taking a credibility piggyback on established science.

Ultimately this book is worth reading so that you can observe all the twists, turns and sidesteps the author goes through to try and convince you. You could look at it as training in how to build a good healthy scepticism. If you read his book and survive, you may well make a good scientist.

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Jun 06, 2007

Baseless, factless, and filled with ridiculous presumptions. It's amazing that with arguments to poorly presented that this book seemed to have such an affect on American culture in the early 70's. It's simply a get-rich-quick scheme from a Swiss ex-con that paid out good. It fed upon people's need to feel that we come from something "out there." Be that out there from a god or from aliens... it's really all the same. von Daeniken just gives another "Intelligent Design" myth.

I give it one star Baseless, factless, and filled with ridiculous presumptions. It's amazing that with arguments to poorly presented that this book seemed to have such an affect on American culture in the early 70's. It's simply a get-rich-quick scheme from a Swiss ex-con that paid out good. It fed upon people's need to feel that we come from something "out there." Be that out there from a god or from aliens... it's really all the same. von Daeniken just gives another "Intelligent Design" myth.

I give it one star for the good laugh you can get out of reading it. ...more
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Sep 11, 2016

ارابهٔ خدایان، نخستین کتاب اریک فون دنیکن ، منتشر شده در سال است.
تلاش نگارنده در این کتاب بر این است که به رازهای دنیای باستان پی ببرد و تاثیر نیروهای فرا زمینی (خدایان) را بر زندگی بشر کشف کند. "او معتقد است که در گذشتههای بسیار دور، فضانوردانی از سیارات دیگر به ملاقات اجداد ما آمدند و به آنها تمدن و راه و روش زندگی را آموختند. اما نیاکان ما که بسیار ابتدایی و وحشی بودند، آنان را خدایان فرض کردند و به پرستش آنان پرداختند و هزاران فرقهی خرافی با رنگ و بوی مذهبی را به وجود آوردند و این گونه از ارابهٔ خدایان، نخستین کتاب اریک فون دنیکن ، منتشر شده در سال ۱۹۶۸ است.
تلاش نگارنده در این کتاب بر این است که به رازهای دنیای باستان پی ببرد و تاثیر نیروهای فرا زمینی (خدایان) را بر زندگی بشر کشف کند. "او معتقد است که در گذشته‌های بسیار دور، فضانوردانی از سیارات دیگر به ملاقات اجداد ما آمدند و به آن‌ها تمدن و راه و روش زندگی را آموختند. اما نیاکان ما که بسیار ابتدایی و وحشی بودند، آنان را خدایان فرض کردند و به پرستش آنان پرداختند و هزاران فرقه‌ی خرافی با رنگ و بوی مذهبی را به وجود آوردند و این گونه از درک وجود خدای راستین به دور ماندند و زندگی خود را به کجی‌های بسیار آلودند". ...more
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September 27, 2015

FANTASTIC!
There are people on here wbom discredit Von Däniken to be too "Matter of Fact" With his theories. People...They are....THEORIES! Albert Einstein published his books on Relativity PRIOR to those theories being proved physically, and some Mathematically. Great thinkers question our history and propose theories. I thought Von Däniken did a GREAT Job of keeping the reader well entertained & causing the reader to question some of the "accepted" theories which have found their way into History Books. Great Book. Can't wait 'till the next one. Danka!
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Jul 08, 2013

I think Chariots of the Gods was a wonderful and very informative book. Honestly, I have a lot more respect for Erich von Daniken than I do bloats like the so-called "genius" Stephen Hawking. At least Erich traveled to all of these destinations, done hands-on thorough research, and has proof of all of his claims.
What I like most about Erich and his books is that instead of trying to disprove ancient "mythology" (quotations are necessary because technically it is not mythology, but very old I think Chariots of the Gods was a wonderful and very informative book. Honestly, I have a lot more respect for Erich von Daniken than I do bloats like the so-called "genius" Stephen Hawking. At least Erich traveled to all of these destinations, done hands-on thorough research, and has proof of all of his claims.
What I like most about Erich and his books is that instead of trying to disprove ancient "mythology" (quotations are necessary because technically it is not mythology, but very old religion and events that took place in the ancient world) like many researchers seem to do these days, he proves that all of it is very much real. Ask yourself why you may (or one) tend to disregard his information as rubbish. For one, the media and the government that controls it (and not only to think of the Roman Catholic Church) has taught us over centuries that such "irrational" theories are impossible and sometimes thought of as an evil, be it that we are product of extraterrestrials (note that in this case the term can be interchanged with the Gods or God(dess)), that many creatures not recognized by science (otherworldly beings as in "mythical" or magickal creatures that have appeared countless of times in every ancient society around the globe, including Judaism and Christianity) exist, or even that magick/prayer is not a conception invented by humanity to dupe ourselves to feel protection and comfort (seems like a lame excuse to go not where one fears, specifically a fear of losing one's credibility and pride as a "scientific mind"). In my opinion, I feel that these kinds of things being told to us is just another way to brainwash people into thinking that it's non-existent. People who automatically disregard Daniken because his notions may sound "bizarre" need to do their own research and experience things. Just doing research won't carry one completely to the end of one's journey, but only half way. One must fully experience and understand what the sacred texts that Daniken speaks of and quotes from in his in his books. If one is not willing to delve deep into this matter then she/he should not make comments against Daniken or his books, and especially not insult him. It is the equivalent of skimming through a text book that, for instance, says that a particular event in history happened one way while there are many other books that say the event happened differently with each book stating its own either biased or credible theories, while walking away and claiming that you know everything that happened based upon one book and your own opinions. I would have more respect for people who have actually studied the matter and went in a little deeper on a spiritual level and then critcized his thinking and/or books rather than one who "brushes" upon the superficial side of it all.
I proudly give this book a 5 star rating because he dared what most notable scholars wouldn't do- to PROVE the existence of otherworldly and seemingly strange things in all cultures and religions whether it'd be things from the Bible, Bhagavad Gita, Torrah, ancient ruins and scrolls, and so forth. ...more
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Nov 17, 2012

This is pseudo-science and story telling at its very best. This best selling book was probably the water shed moment in the proliferation of conspiracy theories and other pseudo-scientific stuff in the popular literature. And one can see why.
To be fair, the author does know how to spin a yarn. It is an enjoyable read, fast paced, if you consider it more as a fiction novel and don't take it seriously.

But the disturbing fact is the sheer confidence of the author in his most ridiculous and This is pseudo-science and story telling at its very best. This best selling book was probably the water shed moment in the proliferation of conspiracy theories and other pseudo-scientific stuff in the popular literature. And one can see why.
To be fair, the author does know how to spin a yarn. It is an enjoyable read, fast paced, if you consider it more as a fiction novel and don't take it seriously.

But the disturbing fact is the sheer confidence of the author in his most ridiculous and logic-defying assumptions and hypotheses. With a condescending view towards the historians, he goes on blabbering about one misinterpreted archaeological evidence after the other, citing numerous out-of-context mumble-jumble about this Physics principle and that astronomical data with a stunning conviction.
Though you feel sorry for the hapless millions who have actually religiously accepted this book as a treatise on human evolution and birth of civilization.
It shows the sheer absence of clear, scientific thought among the masses and the adherence to half-truths, myths and conspiracy theories. As long as that prevails, works like these will keep on attaining best-selling status. ...more
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Sep 10, 2012

WHERE DO I BEGIN? THE FACT THAT THIS BOOK IS A 7-MILLION-COPY BESTSELLER REALLY SAYS EVERYTHING. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN AND FASCINATED BY ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS,TECHNOLOGIES,AND RELIGIONS. I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS REGARDING EXTRATERRESTRIAL EXISTENCE AND VISITATION TO OUR EARTH. I AM A BELIEVER AND AS A TOPIC THAT HAS NOT BEEN WIDELY DISCUSSED OR TAKEN SERIOUSLY BY THE EVERYDAY HUMAN BEING IT IS ENCOURAGING TO KNOW THAT I AM NOT ALONE IN MY WONDER,BELIEF,AND INTEREST. ERICH VON DANIKEN WHERE DO I BEGIN? THE FACT THAT THIS BOOK IS A 7-MILLION-COPY BESTSELLER REALLY SAYS EVERYTHING. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN AND FASCINATED BY ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS,TECHNOLOGIES,AND RELIGIONS. I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS REGARDING EXTRATERRESTRIAL EXISTENCE AND VISITATION TO OUR EARTH. I AM A BELIEVER AND AS A TOPIC THAT HAS NOT BEEN WIDELY DISCUSSED OR TAKEN SERIOUSLY BY THE EVERYDAY HUMAN BEING IT IS ENCOURAGING TO KNOW THAT I AM NOT ALONE IN MY WONDER,BELIEF,AND INTEREST. ERICH VON DANIKEN INCLUDES SOME COMPELLING PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE OF THE RUINS OF ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS AND THE INCREDIBLE TECHNOLOGIES THAT MUST HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE TO PRODUCE THEM. HAVING BEEN TO EL CASTILLO AT CHICHEN ITZA,MEXICO MYSELF, IT IS VERY OBVIOUS TO ME THAT THESE ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS SUCH AS THE MAYANS POSSESSED TECHNOLOGIES FAR ADVANCED OF WHAT WE BELIEVE THEM TO BE CAPABLE OF.I LOVE THAT IF YOU GET NOTHING ELSE FROM THIS BOOK,IT IS VERY THOUGHT PROVOKING AND ALLOWS YOU TO EXAMINE ON YOUR OWN,THE AGE OLD QUESTIONS OF, ARE WE ALONE? WHERE DID WE COME FROM? AND WHAT WILL OUR FUTURE HOLD? AN EXCELLENT READ! ...more
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Mar 17, 2012

I have to clarify my rating here: One star for "scholarship" and five stars for entertainment value. Erich von Daniken's Chariots of the Gods is, of course, one of, if not the, classic works of pseudoarchaeology and UFOlogy. Von Daniken blithely ignores close to a century of archaeological and anthropological theory so that he can tilt at the windmills of some imagined scientific "establishment." Most of his "arguments" consist of something along the lines of "We're not really sure how I have to clarify my rating here: One star for "scholarship" and five stars for entertainment value. Erich von Daniken's Chariots of the Gods is, of course, one of, if not the, classic works of pseudoarchaeology and UFOlogy. Von Daniken blithely ignores close to a century of archaeological and anthropological theory so that he can tilt at the windmills of some imagined scientific "establishment." Most of his "arguments" consist of something along the lines of "We're not really sure how pre-historic people built this, so aliens did it. QED." As with all of the other works in this genre, there is a strong undercurrent of ethnocentrism and racism implicit in these arguments. Surely such "primitive" people could never construct such great monuments! (Yes, he does even use the term "savages" in a few places.) Nearly every sentence in the book contains some error, misrepresentation, or downright howler. To document all of them would take an entire book and, what do you know, someone bothered to do it. Go check out Ronald Story's The Space-Gods Revealed: A Close Look at the Theories of Erich von Däniken. But if you want to read pure, concentrated bullshit, pick up Chariots of the Gods. ...more
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Jan 23, 2013

I am sure most people will pan this book - unsubstantiated, inaccurate, baseless, ridiculous, blah, blah, blah. The fact of the matter is that the author does not prove that aliens visited Earth at any time in our past, nor does he claim to have proof of it - ever. Not once in this book does he claim to have such proof, and he repeats that over and over. Anyone who argues otherwise formed their judgments before reading this book. As far as inacuracies, the book was written in the late 1960's. It I am sure most people will pan this book - unsubstantiated, inaccurate, baseless, ridiculous, blah, blah, blah. The fact of the matter is that the author does not prove that aliens visited Earth at any time in our past, nor does he claim to have proof of it - ever. Not once in this book does he claim to have such proof, and he repeats that over and over. Anyone who argues otherwise formed their judgments before reading this book. As far as inacuracies, the book was written in the late 1960's. It is not fair to bash a work for inacuracies from the viewpoint of the 21st century, Of course there are inacuracies! Baseless - hardly... many of the questions he brings forth are very valid questions even today for which I would love to hear good, rational explanations. A great deal of our real history has been occluded by the irrational zealotries of past (and maybe not so past) religious and politcal authorities - an immeasurable shame. Our picture of our past (and even of our present, with such near-sighted and limited technology at our disposal) is woefully underdeveloped. Were we visited by little green men in the past? I don't know if I'd go that far just yet, but I certainly cannot say that it is an impossibility. I think for us to stand here on one infinitely insignificant world among countless billions (or trillions) in the "known" universe and state "we are it and we are the best" is ridiculous beyond my ability to put into words. What I do know is that any civilization advanced enough to visit us would be so far beyond us at this point that it is perfectly feasible that they would be able to do so undetected (as we already have stealth technologies that evade our own detection to a large degree and we are centuries, if not millenia from deep space travel). Have they already intermingled with us? Seems far fetched from naked observation, but far less far fetched than the childlike story of Adam and Eve, or just about any other cultural story of creation, which are, one and all, stories to placate minds far more ignorant than any of those alive in the 21st century should be. To look at the mysteries of our own past with closed minds is a mistake and the questions raised in this book (a book written for the sole purpose of raising the questions, not offering proof of their concrete veracity) is a mistake, and it is irresponsible. Why and how our ancient peoples did things that would be extraordinarily difficult to do even with the advent of 21st century technology is not an unknown to be scoffed at, and we do not even now have the answers. In that, this book holds true even today. ...more
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Mar 08, 2008

In one Goodreads group which some of my friends belong to, they're having a discussion of the ethics of giving a book a one-star rating with no explanatory review; one person likened the practice to a drive-by shooting. I could see her point; but in my case, on the rare occasions I've done it, it's been with nonfiction books read in the past that I didn't have leisure to review, but didn't want people who might browse my shelves to think I agreed with or endorsed, just because I'd read them. In one Goodreads group which some of my friends belong to, they're having a discussion of the ethics of giving a book a one-star rating with no explanatory review; one person likened the practice to a drive-by shooting. I could see her point; but in my case, on the rare occasions I've done it, it's been with nonfiction books read in the past that I didn't have leisure to review, but didn't want people who might browse my shelves to think I agreed with or endorsed, just because I'd read them. This book is a prime example. :-) Books like it might also be a prime example of why one of these Goodreads friends observes that he sometimes has trouble deciding whether to classify a book as "nonfiction" or fiction; the author certainly wants readers to view it as nonfiction, but a factual basis isn't one of its attributes.

Von Daniken's thesis (which sold a surprising number of books, and has made him a prosperous man) is that, from the Old Stone Age down into the ancient Iron Age, Earth was repeatedly visited, on all parts of the globe, by advanced aliens who are responsible for all of mankind's religions, and for virtually all the architectural and scientific achievements of the ancient world. Every detail of early history and prehistory, and an array of physical artifacts, are interpreted in light of this claim, and these interpretations are then advanced as "evidence" for it. (His claims regarding at least two of these "artifacts" were demonstrated, and subsequently admitted by him, to be false; the PBS series Nova unmasked one of them as a deliberate fraud, and he subsequently defended the fraud as an ethically legitimate way of getting people to believe him.) He constantly portrays himself and anyone who believes him uncritically as heroes of free inquiry and bold unfettered thought, while any doubts as to his claims (such as the skepicism of the entire scientific community) is ascribed to obvious intellectual cowardice and obscurantist conformism. (Von Daniken himself has no scientific or archaeological credentials --the blurb on one edition of this book calls him an "autodidact" in archaeology, which means self-taught, but sounds more impressive in Greek-- but he does have two documented prison terms for fraud and embezzlement under his belt.) Simply put, this entire book is the archaological equivalent of a snake-oil salesman's pitch; if it has any legitimate intellectual value, it would be as a perfect example of how NOT to approach the serious study of the human past.

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