Alternative History, which also includes ancient alien theory or ‘paleo-contact’, is a hypothetical study of the past which concludes that human beings made contact with advanced extraterrestrial beings or ancient astronauts some thousands of years ago.
Alternative history or AH as a chronology of history differs from the subgenre of speculative fiction known as alternate history which offers speculative “what if” counter-facts to accepted history. The proponents of AH propose that the accepted interpretation of history is neither infallible nor conclusive.
As with any version/interpretation of historical account, alternative theorists debate the various concepts and ideas which comprise the foundation of this discipline, elements of which are sometimes known by the names “Forbidden History”, and “Secret History”. The various aspects of the AH culture are broadcast through internet forums and published works, subjects of which may include speculative accounts regarding objects and events or may include so-called pseudo science. While fringe concepts such as conspiracy theories and fringe sciences are oft explored, the major tenant of this subject remains the proposition that human beings contacted advanced extraterrestrial beings or ancient astronauts some thousands of years ago.
Alternative history includes theoretical, speculative, and often fanciful takes on events said to have occurred prior to the written record or prehistory.
Authors and historians of this study often apply interpretative modernistic literalism, or IML, to religious text and archaeological artifacts in order to fill various gaps in the ‘accepted’ historical record.
As a discipline, alternative history is a collective hypothesis which grew to prominence in the latter half of the 20th century. Its proposals often bear similarities to plots found in the genre of science fiction. Works by authors such as H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and H.P. Lovecraft have all been cited as early examples of influence on figures close to the ‘paleo-contact’ debate.
In addition to the theories of ancient alien contact, alternative studies have their basis in the exploration of theoretical lost continents, among these Atlantis and Mu.
French author and Mesoamerican historian Chalres Brasseur de Bourbourg (1814-1874) expressed parallels between Maya and Egyptian cosmologies, implying a shared common source with the fabled Atlantis in his book Quatre lettres sur le Mexique, published in 1868. In 1882, inspired by the works of de Bourbour, American author Ignatius Loyola Donnelly published Atlantis: The Antediluvian World, establishing the connection that the mythical homeland of the Aztecs, Aztlan, is the legendary lost continent of Atlantis. Donnelly’s work would later contribute to the emergence of Mayanism, a blend of New Age beliefs, which places emphasis on the possibility of contact between the Aztecs and ancient astronauts.
Advocates such as Italian writer Peter Kolosimo and Swiss author Erich von Daniken are regarded as the modern fathers of ‘paleo-contact’, or ancient alien theory, a topic which was central in von Daniken’s book Chariots of the Gods?, published in 1968.
Notions popularized by authors such as von Daninken spawned a slew of theories as well as sub theories – or subsets – which as a whole became the study known today as Alternative History AH.
“The so-called ancient astronaut thesis and alternative study of history that is counter to mainstream thinking has become an exciting field. As we learn more about the advanced civilizations that existed before the “official history” taught in our schools, we are also broadening our horizons and learning about a larger universe that we all belong to as galactic citizens.” – Bill Stanley, author and Alternative History proponent.
While several hypotheses comprise alternative history, the basic tenets of this discipline consist of four alternative history interpretations or AHI, known here as the four concepts.
THE FOUR CONCEPTS:
1.) Ancient Astronaut Theory
Ancient Astronaut Theory – Paleo Contact (Includes Subsets Limited Contact & Mother Culture)
2.) IML – Interpretative Modernistic Literalism
(Includes Subsets Out Of Place Artifacts & Pseudo Archeology, Also Fringe Theory)
Panspermia – Exogenesis (Includes Subsets Directed Genesis & Accidental Panspermia – Also Known As “Garbage Theory”)
4.) The UFO Meme
The UFO Meme – Mental Link (Includes Subsets UFO Religion, New Age Cult, & Mental Link, Also Known As “Teachings Of The Ascended Masters”
Ancient Astronaut Theory
Ancient Astronaut Theory, or “Paleo-Contact”, also includes the subset or sub theories of “Mother Culture”, and “Limited Contact”. Chief among the four concepts, ancient astronaut theory provides the notion that extraterrestrials visited the earth long ago and had an impact on mankind.
In 1959, prior to the popularization of the paleo-contact hypothesis presented by von Daniken and his emulators, a Russian mathematician and ethnologist, Dr. M Matest Agrest, proposed that past cultures were greatly influenced by contact with extraterrestrials. At the time proponents of this theory, including French archaeologist Henri Lhote, shocked the accepted establishment with their controversial hypothesis. Dr. Agrest made a number of startling claims including such as that the destruction of Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah, or S’dom and Gemora, were carried out by extraterrestrials armed with nuclear weapons and that the megalithic terrace of Baalbek in Lebanon was utilized as a Launchpad for ancient spacecraft.
In English Gematria “Evil Xemu” = 666
Notable authors such as astrophysicist Carl Sagan and Church of Scientology founder L.Ron Hubard viewed the topic of Paleo-Contact as a subject worthy of serious debate and study, while Sagan is regarded to have viewed the idea with cautious skepticism, Hubard expanded on the ideas of alien contact in his fanciful take on prehistory (Scientology) stating that 75 million years ago a galactic dictator, “Evil Xemu”, massacred over 1 billion individuals through thermonuclear weaponry – thus creating “thetans”, or tormented spirit/souls that today surround humans on Earth.
“We must contemplate our origins. Even if they are not of this Earth.” – Carl Sagan
Other notables including astrophysicist, mathematicians, and scientist have considered the possibilities of ancient extraterrestrial contact. Among these include Russian astronomer Iosif Shklovsky co-author of Intelligent Life in the Universe and German physicist Herman Oberth, one of the fathers of modern rocketry.
“We cannot take credit for our record advancement in certain scientific fields alone. We have been helped…(by) the peoples of other worlds.” – Herman Oberith
From the hypothesis of “Paleo-Contact”, two distinct sub theories have emerged, the first subset is known as “mother culture”. Mother culture is a term used to describe any early culture which influence carries over to later civilizations far beyond the life span of the previous culture. Adherents of this AHI believe that the rapid progress of early human civilization can be attributed to an ancient extraterrestrial source acting as a mother culture. According to this concept much of human religion, culture, and knowledge developed as a result of alien guidance. Elements of this idea have been widely popularized by authors such as Sasha Lessin, Erich von Daniken, and Zecharia Sitchin.
In this scenario aliens willfully directed human beings to achieve accomplishments such as early advances in the realm of medicine and astronomy, eventually aiding man in the building of ancient structures such as the pyramids of Egypt and the Ziggurat of Mesopotamia.
Under this concept the rise and development of agriculture, for example, is often attributed directly to alien guidance. Author Charles Hoy Fort (1867-1923) was an early advocate of the mother culture concept. Charles Fort was a contemporary of professor L.F. Soddy, an Oxford scholar and Nobel Laureate whose life work included the search for apparent gaps in accepted historical record or prehistory. While Professor Soddy believed historical gaps were the result of a missing civilization, such as Atlantis or Lemuria, Fort speculated that an extraterrestrial mother culture was to blame. Charles Fort theorized that ancient astronauts of various races visited the Earth periodically for thousands of years, some out of curiosity, others out of necessity, such as the need for a mining colony or an interstellar matchmaking service. Charles Fort explored these and other rather revolutionary concepts in his book “The Book of the Damned”, published in 1919. Charles Forts work served as the foundation for many modern subset theories to develop such as aspects of the UFO Meme, namely abductions and telepathy.
“I accept that, though we’re usually avoided, probably for moral reasons, sometimes this earth has been visited by explorers. I think that the notion that there have been extra-mundane visitors to China, within what we call the historic period, will be only ordinarily absurd, when we come to that datum.” – Charles Hoy Fort
By 1960 the esoteric work of writers Louis Pauwels and physicist Jacques Bergier, ‘Le Matin des Magiciens’, appeared in Paris France. By 1964 the book made its way to the US under the title ‘Morning of the Magicians‘. Pauwels and Bergier were greatly inspired by the works of Charles Fort, whom is subject of the entire first chapter. The book popularized the theory that the Nazca Lines of Peru may have been utilized as a landing strip for alien astronauts, a theory first proposed by American ufologist James W. Moseley in an 1955 issue of Fate magazine.
Apart from the hypothesis of “Paleo-Contact”, the second distinct sub theory to emerge is known as “limited contact”, one of the least discussed theories amongst proponents of AHI. Limited contact is the idea that ancient alien visitors influence on man was as a result of unintentional or limited contact with early humans. The speculation being that ancient spacemen either wandered off course or were monitoring our planet when they or their spacecraft were inadvertently witnessed by ancient man.
American physicist and science fiction author Ron L. Forward also explored elements of this concept in his sci-fi novel Dragon’s Egg, published in 1980. Forwards work later became the inspiration for a Star Trek Voyager episode titled “Blink of an Eye”, in which the presence of a starship (Voyager) is observed by the primitive inhabitants of an alien world who assume that the orbiting vessel and its crew are godlike beings.
Similar ideas were also featured in the television series Star Trek : The Next Generation in an episode titled “Who Watchers the Watchers”, written by Richard Manning and Hans Beimler.
The idea that extraterrestrials visited our planet, but avoided contact with man, yet if any contact did occur it was done so inadvertently is a concept not widely solicited by alternative history voices. Author Charles Fort (1867-1923), however, believed in the hypothesis of limited contact as well as mother culture, speculating that both likely occurred over millennia. American author and researcher Charles Hoy Fort is widely considered the first ancient astronaut theorist. Charles Fort devoted over 30 years to meticulous research of scientific journals and papers he gleaned from the libraries of London and New York.
During this period Fort amassed a collective of over 60,000 notes which he kept to
evaluate anomalous phenomena, or the study of anomalies too bizarre to fit the rationality of accepted science. Forts work is regarded as the inspiration for authors H.P Lovecraft and Erich von Daniken. Fort became skeptical of the scientific community, believing many scholars had simply ignored or dismissed “anomalies”out of hand, often creating convoluted or fanciful reasoning to explain away (or sometimes outright ignore) bizarre events said to have been witnessed by a number of people.
Alternative History Proponents
* 1882: Ignatius Donnelly (1831-1901) Atlantis: The Antediluvian World
* 1919: Charles Hoy Fort (1874-1932) Book Of The Damned
* 1926: James Churchward (1851-1936) The Lost Continent of Mu: Motherland of Man
* 1950: William Dudley Pelley (1890-1965) Star Guests
* 1953: Desmond Leslie (1921-2001) & George Admski (1891-1965)
* 1954: Harold T. Wilkins (1891-1960) Flying Saucers on the Moon
* 1955: James W. Moseley Fate Magazine
* 1955: Morris K. Jessup (1900-1959) The Case for the UFO
* 1957: Peter Kolosimo (1922-1984) The Unknown Planet
* 1957: George H. Williamson (1926-1986) Other Tongues— Other Flesh
* 1958: Henri Lhote (1903-1991) The Search for the Tassili Frescoes
* 1959: Matest M. Agrest (1915-2005)
* 1960: Brinsley Le Poer Trench (1911-1995) The Sky People
* 1960: Jacques Bergier (1912-1978) & Louis Pauwels (1920-1997)
* 1963: Robert Charroux (1909-1978)
* 1964 W. Raymond Drake (1913-1989)
IML – Interpretative Modernistic Literalism
Amongst proponents of AHI, the concepts addressed through Interpretative Modernistic Literalism allow for both exceptions, as well interpretations, of history or artifacts seen through the eyes of a modernistic approach. In this manner all works of art, history, and literature are reevaluated, seen as well as interpreted from a new contemporary stand point – thus conclusions (when allowed) are based upon the mindset (views and ‘opinions’) of the proponents so-called Alternative History Interpretation – AHI.
In English Gematria “Opinions” = 666