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Chariots Of The Gods? Was God an Astronaut?

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All over the world there are fantastic ruins and improbable objects which cannot be explained by conventional theories of history, archaeology, and religion.

Why, for instance, do the world's sacred books describe Gods who came down from the sky in fiery chariots and always promised to return? How could an ancient Sanskrit text contain an account which could only be of a j
Paperback, 179 pages
Published 2011 by Souvenir Press Ltd (first published January 1st 1968)
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Jul 02, 2016 Afshar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Riku Sayuj
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
I read Erich von Denizen's Chariots of the Gods many many years ago (I borrowed it from my college roommate) and even giving this book one star, is basically (in my opinion) one star too many. Aside from the fact that the information presented is at best wildly speculative and weirdly imaginative, Chariots of the Gods also has a to me profoundly anti-humanistic (and even perhaps borderline racist) feel to it. To me, it has always seemed as though the author, as though Erich von Däniken simply ca ...more
Jul 02, 2016 Foad rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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 دو
Dec 11, 2010 Jasmine rated it it was amazing
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" arri
Tim The Enchanter
3.5 Stars

I think this sums up the book

Ancient Aliens Meme Hair Guy 013

Don't misinterpret my rating. I gave it 3.5 stars based on entertainment value alone. To sum of 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 could not have accomplished many of the wondrous things they have been credited with or have obtaine
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
به هرحال نوشتن و نقد از این کتاب هم دشوار هستش و هم به نوعی تکراری
بهتر این هست که این نوع کتاب هارو علمی و تخیلی، قلمداد کنیم..چراکه نویسنده در قسمتهایی از کتاب خود مانندِ صفحۀ 183 الی 190 ، تکیه بر داستانِ موهوم و تخیلی آدم و حوا و نوح و پسرانش داره و برایِ توضیح در مورد شرم جنسی، به لخت یا برهنه بودن آنها اشاره میکنه و در قسمتهایِ دیگر بارها به هر دلیل به افسانه هایِ کتب به اصطلاح آسمانی رجوع میکنه ... پس اگر بخواهیم این کتاب رو در دسته بندیِ ادبیاتی وارد کنیم، به دستۀ علمی و تخیلی نزدیکتر هست
Jun 06, 2007 Tony rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: archaeology
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 f
David Boyce
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 ...more
Apr 26, 2016 Mahdiis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
از کودکی عاشق راز و رمزهای تاریخ چندهزارسال پیش سرزمینهای باستانی مثل ایران و مصر و یونان بودم
به ویژه تاریخ مصر باستان. هزاری هم اگه بهم بگن این کتاب بیشتر از افسانه صحبت کرده تا واقعیت. ولی بازم این کتاب رو دوست دارم
ورق های کتابم متأسفانه زرد شده و انگار ورم کرده. باید حتمن یک جلد از این کتاب رو بخرم
Sep 10, 2012 Herlinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dec 22, 2010 Werner rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Shelves: other-nonfiction
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. Thi ...more
Jul 08, 2013 Maude rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 reli
Saman Kashi
يادم ميآيد " اريك فون دنيكن " زماني در ايران بسيار هوادار و خواننده داشت. فون دنيكن با تئوريهاي تخيلي و جذاب خود بر اين اعتقاد بود كه اهرام مصر را انسانها با دانش و امكانات محدود آن زمان نشاختهاند بلكه موجوداتي ديگر با دانشي بيشتر از سيارات ديگر پا بهزمين گذاشتند و اين بناها را ساختند. تب آثار اين نويسنده فرو كش كرد ...more
Sep 30, 2016 Saman rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very fake and very creative.
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Let me start of by saying that I do not accept this as the truth, however the some of ideas are not as far-fetched as they might seem at first. One reason I love the ancient astronaut theory is because it brings light to all the thing archaeology conveniently "overlooks". When I was in my archaeology/anthropology classes and learned about the great wonders of out past surprisingly none of the "unexplainable" stuff was ever mentioned. Which is part of the reason I know look at my once favorite fi ...more
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
When I was young I was convinced that aliens had visited us on many occasions. I have changed the way I think about the facts now, but this book was one of the first books I ever read that made me consider an alternate narrative to mainstream thought...and for that it will always have a special place on my 'life bookshelf.'
Jan 26, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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-histo ...more
Natalie Wright
I'm a fan of the first season of Ancient Aliens and I wanted to read this book because it seems to be the one that started it all.
Perhaps when it first came out, it was ground-breaking and intriguing, so people ignored how poorly it was written.
But now that the ancient alien theory has been explored more fully - and made into an entire television series - this book falls flat.
I found the writing difficult to read. Not because of large words or the difficulty of the issues. Rather, the prose is s
Jul 21, 2012 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading this in high school and thinking it was soooo cool. I still think it's pretty cool, but maybe I don't think about aliens as much as I did then. I have to say he raised some interesting points, but my main interest was that it is often too difficult for people to believe that ancient cultures were very sophisticated and able to create things from their imaginations in much the same way we do. Hence, the idea that they were incapable of doing the things they obviously did, it mu ...more
Arun Divakar
Jul 29, 2014 Arun Divakar rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A great deal has been said about this book in the 84 years of its publishing history. Time has undone the author and the claims he made in this book which once set the cash registers ringing in bookshops across the World.

An amalgamation of lies, half truths and hearsay all stuck together with the glue of one man's passion. A passion that sees the hand of extra terrestrial intellect behind everything on our planet is pretty much how I would sum up the entire book.

One thing must be said of von Dä
Beck Wenger
May 28, 2012 Beck Wenger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a good introduction for those who know little to nothing about Ancient Alien Studies.

Von Daniken, in Chariots of the Gods, has looked across broad geographic regions, evidences, and time periods to assemble a host of information that contradicts the mainstream interpretation that ancient civilizations were less advanced than our own. He also attacks the notion that ancient mythologies and artwork were imaginative. Instead, Von Daniken holds firmly to the belief that the "mythologies
Patrick Gibson
Come on. Admit you read it however long ago when it was on every bookshelf in the Western Hemisphere. Then you paw-pawed it. Yet you secretly hoped some of it was true. Now with the series on the History Channel I thought I would find a used copy and read it again. It’s all bullshit. But it is fun bullshit. And the TV series is actually interesting.
It is a shame that Erich Von Daniken had to repeatedly ruin some good information with the single phrase "There can be no other explanation." He repe
Oct 25, 2013 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is no wonder that people have strong feelings about this book. Those who can simply read a book, no matter the topic, and just listen to what the writer has to say, will obtain from this particular book just another good read and perhaps pass it along to someone else.

Daniken takes everything we have been taught about human nature, creationism, evolution, and the development of man and turns it on its head by simply suggesting an alternative explanation for how we came to be what we are and w
Nov 08, 2009 No rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to No by: History Channel - Ancient Aliens
Is it possible that we can find life on other planets in our solar system? (Life on Mars?)

Is it possible we are not the only intelligences in the universes?

Is it possible that older, technically more advanced intelligences live or have lived in our galaxy?

Is there a possibility that older intelligences could have paid a visit to earth?

Questions, questions, questions.... This book is FULL of them and thats what i love about it. This books makes you THINK.

Is it possible? When you bring up the hist
Sep 25, 2010 Shamsh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author wrote this book to try to prove that pre-historical Earth received visitors from out of space who helped with the civilizational process.
The thesis itself is very interesting and he shows amazing data to support his theory, but my feeling is that he attributes too much to ETs, as if our human kind could not have come to some conclusions and discoveries by itself. In the end, all boils down to one thing.
In all, it's an interesting book, but I wouldn't go as far as to say it has conv
اگر میشد . ستاره میدادم.متاسفانه نیم نداره.
کتابی نبود که انتظارشو داشتم.
برای یک بار خوندن خوبه...
بعضی قسمت ها یجورایی مضحک بود
در کل نمیشه بگیم حرفهای نویسنده صددرصد غلطه.
نه میشه رد کرد
نه میشه با این دلیل هایی که ایشون اورده بودند باور کرد
اطلاعاتم در یه زمینه ها بالا رفت و با عقاید و افکار جدیدی آشنا شدم و. ستاره رو به این علت میدم
Descent book. Alternate historical theories in ancient times. Some information is slightly obsolete now, and also debunked. However unexplained mysteries, ... are mysteries ! And anything could have been possible during ancient times !! Always good to hear new theories, whether proven or not. A good read for a clear and open mind. :)
Jul 19, 2012 James rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh dear, dear, dear what in the bloody fuck have we gotten ourselves into this time? I'd have to say it's an exceptionally large load of horseshit which reeks chronically of hackness; picking a place to start isn't exactly easy. For one thing, there are so many crappy presumptions made in Chariots of the Gods it is actually profound. The evidence and logic behind this 'book' (I don't if IT deserves to be called same thing as The Great Gatsby or 1984.) is flimsy at the absolute best, and Erich v ...more
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Born on April 14th, 1935, in Zofingen, Switzerland, Erich von Däniken was educated at the College St-Michel in Fribourg, where already as a student he occupied his time with the study of the ancient holy writings. While managing director of a Swiss hotel, he wrote his first book, Chariots of the Gods, which was an immediate bestseller in the United States, Germany, and later in 38 other countries. ...more
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“Could it be that God was an extra-terrestrial? What do we mean when we say that heaven is in the clouds? From Jesus Christ to Elvis Presley, every culture tells us of high-flying bird men who zoom around the world creating magnificent works of art and choosing willing followers to share in the eternal glory from beyond the stars. Can all these related phenomena merely be dismissed as coincidence?” 26 likes
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