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Book Review: Evidence of the Gods: A Visual Tour of Alien Influence in the Ancient World by Erich Von Daniken

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Evidence of the Gods: A Visual Tour of Alien Influence in the Ancient World  by Erich Von Daniken depicts many exotic stone forms, artifacts, sculptures, cave artwork, modern art forms, and even images of space aliens created by ancient cultures thousands of years ago.

Von Daniken depicts Nan Madol, which is a huge complex of canals, ditches, tunnels, stairwells, earthworks and walls. Sarcophagi with platinum bars were discovered in the depths under Nan Madol. A multi-purpose bird Garuda is depicted in numerous temples throughout Indonesia. The bird has a bat-like appearance with an intricate gold crown and blue/gold pearls throughout.

Von Daniken shows the Easter Island statues which depict robot-like facial characteristics with plain faces, long pointed noses and deep set eyes. Near Dunedin, New Zealand, there are 100 spherical boulders lying on Moeraki Beach. The rock solidifies around a calcite core as in a ball. The Maoris called these rocks “food baskets.”

The author explains how Aborigines revered wondinas, or mother goddesses. These statues had an angelic appearance with oval eyes inset deep into the skull, a square mouth and a halo. There are several thousands of these rock drawings in Australia which are thousands of years old and aboriginal in nature. A few stone age space forms appear to be spacemen wearing helmets and spacesuits.

The author provides illustrations of native American rock drawings of the Hopi Indians portrayed in time and space. Some messages facilitate navigation while others provide warnings to travelers. There is a picture on a dry mountain slope above the Tarapaca desert in the northern part of Chile. The artform has an elongated body adorned with the images of an electronic circuit on the head. Another artform looks like a ghost painted white contrasted to a black backdrop on a hill.

Von Daniken tours the area near Blythe, California, along the Colorado River.  In this vicinity, there are pictures of robotic forms and humanoids which adorn the sides of the mountains. These forms can be seen from the airplanes passing overhead. In Nazca, a 29 meter image of an astronaut-like robot is carved into the rock on the side of a hill.

In the fifth century, India’s greatest poet, Kalidasa wrote about a flight from Lanka to Ayodhya.  Von Daniken attempts to replicate the panoramic view of the ocean from above, as well as submarine mountains.

The author provides a very colorful tour of Newgrange. Human and animal bones were found at Newgrange together with seemingly never ending tunnels with many dimensional stones set into the hillside in order to create the image of an infinite tunnel.

Evidence of the Gods is an excellent documentary on ancient cultures and the
influence of modern technology, symbols, and even alien forms peppered throughout the artwork of peoples who lived thousands of years ago.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.