Chariots of the Gods?: Unsolved Mysteries of the Past is a book written in 1968 by Erich von Däniken. It is centered on the hypothesis that many ancient civilizations' technologies and religion were given to them by space travelers who were welcomed as gods.
No...I dont think humans are not so lucky to be the only ones inhabiting the universe. I never believed it anyways. But what this book has made me realize is may be we need to look around ourselves with open eyes and open minds.
Have a look at following examples - book mentions lot of examples but I am mentioning only few of them here...
1. Egyptian Pyramids - Pyramids are such a precise examples of ancient engineering. Not even the best builders can replicate the pyramids today.
a) The height of pyramids of Cheops multiplied by a thousand million- - 98,000,000 miles- corresponds to the distance between Sun and Earth. - Coincidence?
b) Meridian running through the pyramids divides continents and oceans into exact halves
c) Area of the base of pyramid divided by twice its height gives the much celebrated figure of PIE (3.1415926)
The Great Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu) The stars were thought to have been the Nile in the sky. The southern shaft from the King's Chamber points directly to where Orion's Belt would have been in the ancient sky. The southern shaft of the Queen's Chamber points to Syrius. The northern shaft of the King's Chamber points to the circumpolar stars. These stars never disappear in the sky. It is thought that these shafts were to help the spirit of the dead pharaoh find the important stars. (More click here )Were the pyramids made for aliens? or by aliens?
2. Nazca , Peru -
Why were these lines made? People have claimed that these could be for various reasons...response to Eye of God, Astronomical calendar, etc (For detail - click here)
3. Moai - who brought them to the Easter Island? and why?
4. Tiahuanacu, Bolivia
Was this made as a tribute to space "gods" who never came back? (click here to read more on this
5. Ancient map of Piri Reis - How was the (Turkish) Piri Reis, famous admiral, in 1513, able to draw such a precise map of world (when we did not know that Earth is round!)
The Piri Reis map shows the western coast of Africa, the eastern coast of South America, and the northern coast of Antarctica. The northern coastline of Antarctica is perfectly detailed. The most puzzling however is not so much how Piri Reis managed to draw such an accurate map of the Antarctic region 300 years before it was discovered, but that the map shows the coastline under the ice. Geological evidence confirms that the latest date Queen Maud Land could have been charted in an ice-free state is 4000 BC. (Click here to read more)
It is believed he had access to Libraries of Alexandria which dated back to thousands of years. But how come the ancient civilizations had such advanced technology to trace the world map? Did they know to fly? how come they tracked Antarctica which is all ice since thousands of years?
6) Great Siberian explosions in Taiga and Tunguska
Reports indicate that the cosmic object's original path would have taken it to Moscow. Millions of people would have died if the explosion happened there. Something saved Moscow. Something spared Moscow of an unimaginable human tragedy. The UFO cylinder changed course and exploded in a place where NOT ONE HUMAN DIED. The closest people to the Great Siberian Explosion had their huts destroyed and their clothes nearly burned off their backs.Was it an act of God that diverted the course of the cosmic object? More likely, an alien race acted with compassion to save millions of human lives. Could two alien races have been at war and one protected the innocent lives below? We will never know exactly what happened. The truth is the ground is still shaking from the 1908 event. Click here to read more
A great book for people who are ready to read some unconventional stuff...I dont think the things stated in the book could be entirely true as Mr. Eric seems to have written a sensational piece - mention of Iron Pillar in India as a symbol of Aliens ( No way! - we have sufficient proof for it to be done during Vikramaditya's time) but do read to challenge your minds...
As a last note - what this book succeed in instilling in me - to not just see things around us and not just gape at skies for answers...may be the answers lie around us of whether we have company in Universe or not....