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Twilight of the Gods: The Mayan Calendar and the Return of the Extraterrestrials [Livre audio, MP3 Audio, Version intégrale] [Anglais] [CD]

Erich von Daniken , Kirby Heyborne

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Enthusiastic but disjointed 9 novembre 2010
Par DWD's Reviews - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Erich von Daniken is most famous for his 1968 book Chariots of the Gods in which he put forth the theory that civilization was brought to earth by alien space travellers that taught some humans their ways and this is the source of the world's major religions and brought mankind from the caveman era to civilization in places such as Egypt. He believes that this truth is documented in the art and writings of the ancient civilizations. The 1970s documentary In Search of Ancient Astronauts was also inspired by this book. Just to be fair to those that read this review, I do not espouse von Daniken's beliefs, but I do find him to be interesting and I enjoy reading about the connections that he sees.

"In Twilight of the Gods: The Mayan Calender and the Return of the Extraterrestrials" von Daniken expounds upon his theory with a bit with more examples of items that should pique the interest of those that endorse von Danikens assertions. Although the title implies this is a exhaustive look at the Mayan Calender and the popular belief that it says the world will end on December 23, 2012, von Daniken does not even address the Mayans until he is two-thirds of the way through the book. Most of his book concerns a pre-Incan site in Bolivia called Puma Punku and the amazing buildings and stonework there.

I do have some argument with von Daniken's history of the Maya. He leads his readers to believe that the Maya were a very healthy civilization before the Spanish began to push into their territory after conquering the Aztecs in 1521. In reality, the classic Maya, the ones that von Daniken is referring to in his book, had collapsed more than 500 years earlier. The Maya that the Spanish conquered were a shell of the classic Maya with a lot of outside influence (if not outright occupation) by such groups as the Toltecs.

Von Daniken implies that the Maya were the earliest civilizations in the area and there is no way that they could have observed some of the older astrological phenomena that they record. He fails to note that the "source" culture for the region is believed to be the Olmec, who existed nearly 2000 years before the Classic Maya.

Interestingly, von Daniken is very derisive of evolution (not of changes in species but in the idea of all life coming from some sort of primordial goo). He uses terminology that reminds me very much of Ken Ham and his Answers in Genesis books. However, von Daniken espouses a theory (I think he does anyway, he throws around a lot of theories at the end of the book) called Panspermia that teaches that an umknown life form shot out its DNA all over the universe, much like one would scatter seeds out of an airplane. Most of it was unsuccessful, but in some places life took hold.

Von Daniken is interesting, as always. However, he is in serious need of an editor to keep him on the topic at hand. I have already mentioned the complete lack of mention of the Maya in the first half of the book, despite the title. Von Daniken discusses everything from Bolivia's archaeological community to Hitler to climate change in his most disciplined section of the book, the first half.

In the last half of the book he seems to toss out random thoughts about the Mayan predictions about the end of time and then moves on to comment on long distance space travel, alien visitors to Tibet, how ideas spread, SETI, warp drives, the astronomers of the Catholic Church and electrons, among other things, in a conclusion that is most unsatisfying.

Is the book entertaining?

Yes, but it could have been much better organized.

Is there food for thought here?

Sure, but to extend the metaphor, if von Daniken were a chef, this would be a very sloppy, half-considered meal indeed.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazing reading of ancient cultures!!! A must read for all. 30 août 2010
Par L. Cubillos - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In the past,I have read about ancient civilizations who made contact with alien forms but so far this book goes above and beyond. The author actually includes his own pictures of the sites he visited so the book has a lot of credibility for those who still are not convinced of these facts. There are too many coincidences of facts that make it impossible not to grasp the idea of aliens visiting the earth thousands of years ago. I'm looking forward to new material from Erich von Daniken. Great work.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Concise and engrossing 3 août 2010
Par Christopher Augustin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Having read a lot of Erich von Daniken's work, I knew what to expect going in and I was not disappointed. I was honestly surprised at how quickly I finished this book and how much I learned from it. The subject matter was very engaging and inspired me to conduct additional research on the specific examples presented. This book is very hard to put down, it is very well paced and will leave you with some interesting mysteries.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 According To Erich von Daniken, They're Not Returning 19 mars 2011
Par Lucidity - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have always been interested in aliens and the thought that they might of had a hand in our creation or at least in our culture. After reading Erich von Daniken's Chariots of the Gods, which was full of great theories and information, I felt that there was so much more I needed to dive into. I had become entertained in the notion that 2012 could actually harbor some event, such as the return of extraterrestrials, so I thought I would give Erich von Daniken another try with Twilight of the Gods since he had done such a great job on his first book.

For those who do not want the book to be ruined for them, please do not read on for there will be spoilers to express why I was so disappointed with it.

After reading this book, it really dawned on me that Erich von Daniken is riding the fame train by using his previous accomplishments to sell his next ones. I understand that because just like any other author who writes a well written book or an actor that does a great movie, you want to read or see their next project hoping that it's done well. We'll Twilight of the Gods wasn't a good or even decent book and I'm afraid if I read his other books, I will come to the same conclusion. It seems like Erich von Daniken is dishing out the same information from previous works just to make sure he has another book on the shelves. I was expecting to read extensively on the Mayans and why they believed in 2012, if they even believed that. To my disappointment, I didn't even learn that much about the Mayans besides that they were very advanced and accurate when it came to astronomy and calendars and that the Spanish brutally conquered both the Mayans and Aztecs. Part of the subtitle of this book is "... and the return of the extraterrestrials", but he comes to the conclusion that even though the Mayans were so advanced when it came to astronomy the way we have recorded history during our time is 20 years off. That means the supposed 2012 year has already past over 20 years ago. According to Erich von Daniken there is no 2012 event, but the aliens are still coming. Fine, if you came to that conclusion then we need more information on when there coming, but there wasn't anymore to be found. I know his argument and others who believed in aliens would be that there is so much going on right now with aliens whether its movies or back yard videos of saucers in the sky appearing on YouTube, but don't write a book with a title and description on the back that practically says, "Hey! The aliens are coming and I know when!" When in all honesty, you really don't. I do believe that aliens are here, but will the day come when we turn on the T.V. and there's a world news event that aliens have made their presence officially known? Probably not in our lifetime.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Erich von Daniken does it again! 23 septembre 2010
Par L. Thompson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Must read! My entire way of thinking was changed when I read Chariots of the Gods back in the 70's. It opened my eyes to a lot of things I'd never thought about. This book is very relavent to whats going on TODAY. I truly believe that most of the world is in for a "God shock" - soon!
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