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June 5, 2020

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO of an Ancient Aliens Guest About 2012 and The Maya

The Season Four premiere of  Ancient Aliens on H2, began a few weeks ago with two shows about the 2012 meme and the alleged catastrophic predictions of the Maya and somehow, how ancient aliens were involved.  One of the guest scholars of those two episodes, Dr. Mark Van Stone on Twitter, (@MayaTruth) has provided The Wonders Expedition with an exclusive video interview we’ve entitled:  What Ancient Aliens Left Out.

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Dr. Van Stone is one of the world’s most recognized Mayanists and the author of the book, 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya.  It’s a great read and we encourage you to check it out, along with his Website.  He’s fun to talk with, doesn’t have a bad sun tan and Einstein hair, and most importantly of all, thinks that the presumption that the work of ancient humans being done instead by aliens is “racism against humanity.”

We are excited to bring you this exclusive interview and will be providing additional interviews as we go along, hopefully with other recognized scholars on 2012.  We’d like to talk with Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, Erich Von Daniken or David Childress, too, just to give them a fair shot. 

 ANCIENT ALIENS

As the season premier began in mid-February, we began to tweet about some of the things we were seeing wrong in the show and wound up having a similar conversation with Dr. Van Stone, whom you will see is very colorful and friendly.  The more we talked, the more it became apparent that what he was saying needed to be shared with you.

As we’ve noted before, the Lord Pacal Sarcophogus cover, all decked out as a spaceship model is pretty cool.  The thing is, it just doesn’t have anything to do with reality.

Last Friday night’s show probably was the most appalling of all–the thought that Ancient Aliens, now not so ancient, were and possible are controlling the weather and natural events on our planet to affect the outcome of the human race.  Amazing.

A NIGHT WITH A PROFESSOR

The conversations with Dr. Van Stone have been very engaging and informative.  In fact, we’re proud to announce that on March 22, 2012, he will be available in a Webinar to talk more about the fantastic predictions about 2012 and Mayan culture and allow you to ask questions and interact with him like you cannot when he and others are in a TV show.  For this first show, we’re offering a discounted rate of $7.99 and it will begin at 6 p.m. PST (9 EST/8 CST) in the United States.  Sign up today, we are going to limit the size of the first Webinar so we don’t want you to miss out.

 

 

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Mayan King Pakal and His ‘Spacecraft’

I don’t know if you saw the season premier of Ancient Aliens Season 5 a week or so ago, but to his credit, Giorgio Tsoukalos had a guy from Lucas Films on displaying what appeared to be Mayan King Pakal in what Erich Von Daniken has long portrayed as a “spacecraft.”

The image is based on the sarcophagus cover of Pakal’s tomb in Palenque, Mexico and since the 1970s has been the red meat, smoking gun of the UFO fringe to support Ancient Astronaut Theories.  I even tweeted that night that Giorgio and the producers of Ancient Aliens deserved credit; the 3D model the Lucas Films designer made looked pretty darn cool–of course it did, he works for Lucas Films.

The problem is of course, it’s ridiculous when you place it in actual context to what’s on the cover of Pakal’s tomb.

The Ceiba Tree

The Ceiba Tree of South American origin is a pretty unique looking tree.  It also has been found in Southeast Asia, but it’s primary interest here is its use in Pre-Columbian MesoAmerican mythology where it was incorporated into beliefs associated with “The World Tree” and how it connected the heavens, the earth and the underworld all in one fell swoop.

Pakal's Sarcophagus

Just the root system of the tree is pretty amazing and curious.  But it’s branches tend to grow out  horizontally at 90 degree angles from the base of the trunk and in many an ancient drawing, etching, stone carving, sarcophagus cover, it’s pointing in the four cardinal directions of north, east, south and west.

Such is the case clearly depicted on Pakal’s tomb cover.

To the right, I’ve posted a colored drawing for your own assisted observations.

So what do we have here?  Well, in green, I’ve colored in what appears to be a rather large bird sitting atop the tree. In orange below is the actual Ceiba tree.  Notice the branches of the tree pointing out at 90 degree angles?

In red is clearly a two-headed snake, with a symmetrical head appearing on both end of the snake.

Apparently, this was a quite-often-featured type of snake and it usually signified the birth of some new form of something happening.

Moving on down is King Pakal, almost lying on his back.  It was this pose that Von Daniken made famous by showing similar photos of former US Astronaut John Glenn in a similar pose in a Mercury spacecraft of the 1960s.  By showing US Sen. Glenn as though he were in his Gemini spacecraft, Von Daniken was able to convince many a reader over the past four decades that surely Pakal must have been in a spacecraft, too, and that the Mayans were suggesting in this representation that their king was either an ancient alien or space traveler.  Indeed, in the Season 5 Ancient Aliens premier episode, Author David Childress proclaims Pakal as “The original rocket man.”

Good grief, Charlie Brown! And Snoopy could fight the Red Barron from atop his doghouse.

Below Pakal in the drawing to the right is the base of the Ceiba tree.  Von Daniken says the texture at the bottom of the tree is fire coming out of the engines of the spacecraft. The Lucas Film model maker actually put rocket cones on the model displayed in the TV show.

HOGWASH

It is just this sort of distortion that takes place in shows like Ancient Aliens that those none-the-wiser fall prey to.  Here at The Wonders Expedition, over the next few years, we are going to investigate hundreds of sites around the world and help the public by showing them nonsense like that depicted on Ancient Aliens is ridiculous and shameful.  It’s one thing to do things in a light-hearted manner in the guise of entertainment, but it’s also another to sit there in front of a camera like Childress, Daniken and Tsoukalos do and clearly misrepresent the truth.

Add this other thought, too: What ruler in present day society do you know, as well, who if they did have access to a spaceship, would be the one sitting at its controls?  Does President Obama fly Air Force One?  It’s just as nutty to think that King Pakal more than 1,000 years ago also would have been the one to fly an ancient spacecraft isn’t it?  I mean, seriously.  He was the king of his people. Wouldn’t an ancient ruler, if he had had access to such sophisticated travel also have been sophisticated enough to build in a space for him to ride as a passenger and not as the actual pilot?  Seriously?

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