This recent ISS photo of Egypt's Nile River and delta got my brain churning on the likelihood of Ancient Astronaut Theory.
Literally my first thought when I saw that photo was how much the shape looked like a flower. A Lotus Flower to be exact.
I'll admit I'm a huge fan of The History Channel's Ancient Aliens TV series, but some of their theories leave me on the fence. In this case, though, it's a no-brainer.
If I thought the photo looked like a Lotus, might not the ancient Egyptians have thought the same thing? Say for instance, if they saw this exact same view of their land from outer space.
Maybe that's the real reason why the Lotus Flower was such an important symbol in Egyptian mythology and spirituality.
Yes, I realize I'm just a layperson and this is only speculation. And it's certainly not an original idea I'm having. Even Wikipedia says:
"The Nile is considered to be an "arcuate" delta (arc-shaped), as it resembles a triangle or lotus flower when seen from above."So, I'm not trying to prove anything here (I'll leave that up to the History Channel).
But my point is that maybe in our debates over the capabilities (or lack thereof) of ancient peoples, this is exactly what is needed...just a regular person's point of view. Keep it simple stupid.
Here's another example from the Ancient Aliens show that struck me:
|Giant stone ruins in Puma Punku, Bolivia.|
So I was meditating on these mega-ton, H-shaped ancient stones at Puma Punku. Experts say they were carved and fitted together with laser-sharp precision.
Then one day I was driving under an overpass and noticed these nice symmetrical concrete supports holding up the highway in my city:
It made me consider what would be left of our civilization tens of thousands of years from now.
Probably nothing but support beams like these. Future archaelogists may have no idea that they only held up the roads we drove cars on.
Instead, they'll probably be wandering around trying to figure out what gods this overpass "temple" was built to worship and how we managed to fit these stones together with our primitive selves.
|Artist rendering of a modern-day pyramid to be built in Dubai|
Egypt, with its once-gleaming pyramids, may have looked a lot more like an ancient Las Vegas than the stark desert we see it as today.
All we're seeing now are the worn-down structural bases of things that were once truly magnificent to behold.
When you think about it like that, history starts to look a whole lot different.