All I can say is "Man-Made: The Chronicles Of Our Extraterrestrial Gods" is a masterpiece. Authors Rita Louise and Wayne Laliberte delve into the connection between aliens and mythology and so much more. The book is a must have for any serious researcher on the subject of Ufology. The best thing for me to do is to let you get right to the meat and potatoes of the information via this interview. Rita will be appearing on The Church of Mabus radio show in May as well. Enjoy!
1. What was the premise and inspiration behind the creation of your book Man.Made The Chronicles of our Extraterrestrial Gods with Wayne Laliberte?
RL: Wayne and I have always had an interest in the origins of man. Independently and collectively we have explored areas including archeology, anthropology, mythology and the extraterrestrial question. In one of our conversations we got into an in-depth discussion about mythological flood stories which includes the biblical story of Noah. We were aware of the fact that flood stories can be found around the globe but we were astonished with what we uncovered. Worldwide the stories that have endured can be summarized into one paragraph that states:
There was a pious, virtuous or righteous man who is warned of an impending flood. He builds a boat, an ark, digs a canoe; climbs on a log, a reed or leaf; or climbs to the top of a tree, or mountain, to escape the rising waters. He survives this disaster with his wife, his sister or several other family members. In some stories, animals are taken onto the boat or climb to the top of the mountain. There are also several instances that relate how an animal, such as a bird, is released in order to assess whether dry land had appeared.
The consistency we found in the stories of the flood seemed statistically impossible. At the same time, we realized that we had entered into the narrative of our past late in the timeline of the Gods and decided to go back to "in the beginning" - literally.
2. What would you like to relay to us when it comes to Extraterrestrials and mythology and how they relate and a new way to look at mythology?
RL: When we think about the concept of God we envision an eternal, kind, loving and omnipotent creator that pervades all time and space. This God can manifest at will or, as many mythological sources suggest, with a word.
The Gods, we find in mythology, were mortal beings with lifetimes that extended far beyond our own. They are portrayed as having amazing weapons capable of leveling mountains, smiting their enemies and putting fear into the hearts and minds of the other Gods! They are depicted as flying through the skies over incredible distances in their celestial chariots. And, instead of being a peaceful loving God like we imagine today, the Gods of myth were constantly fighting among themselves vying for ultimate power and control.
These Gods are described as walking the earth and interacting in the affairs of man and mankind. Their incredible stories seem more like science fiction, yet they were documented thousands of years ago, long before the high tech gear we have today.
3. Would you share some truth telling facts that are shared between creation myths and archaeology, anthropology, and geology?
RL: Anthropologists suggest that through a number of bizarre genetic and evolutionary coincidences a branch of apes lost their body hair, began to walk upright, had their brain size increase, started using tools, wearing clothes and living in social groups. What they cannot explain is how all of these changes took place in the course of about 2 million years.
Stories of the Gods "creating" mankind abound. Many cultures report that the creation of humanity occurred in the underworld or some underground location. It is also reported that it took the Gods several attempts to create man as we know him today. Could these tales of genetic manipulation actually be documenting the unexplainable steps we took in our evolution that baffle researchers today? Could the missing link be missing because there isn't one?
4. Do you think all these gods aka possible ETs are the same ones in each culture that they have brought forth stories about or different sets of Gods/ETs? I often wonder if it is the same source because the stories are so similar and each culture is grasping to understand it through these creation stories.
RL: When you evaluate just the names of the Gods it is interesting to note that, in many cases, what we know them by are not their names but descriptions. For example, the Greek Goddess Gaia's name translates to "Earth". The Inca Goddess Pachamama name means "Mother World" or "Earth Mother" and the Azetc's, Coatlicue, means "The Mother of Gods". The Sky Father, in turn, name often translates to the words synonymous with sky, the skies, or heaven.
But then there is how the Gods themselves are described. When you look at the attributes of the chief Gods, they are all the same. The War/Sky God for example, is always associated with thunder and lightning, flaming arrows and riding on a cloud through the sky. The Fertility God, on the other hand is always related to water, or living beneath the waters. He is often tied to stories of the creation of man and is often described as being a trickster. There are more examples than this, but I think you get the idea.
5. Could you share one of your favorite creation stories from the book with us and what your perspective is on it?
RL: One of my favorite stories in the book is the Hindu tale of the "Churning Of The Milky Ocean". While it is not a story of creation, it does provide us with some insights into the hearts and mind of the Gods.
One of the things that the Gods lost, after the first world was destroyed, was their precious Amrita - the nectar of immortality. The earth, at that time, was covered with water. To retrieve it from the depths of the ocean, the warring Gods, the Devas (the good Gods) and the Asuras (the bad, monster Gods) formed an alliance. It was determined that they would split the recovered Amrita equally between the two groups.
Many years pass with the Devas and Asuras churning the ocean until finally their prized Amrita appears. The Asuras rush in to seize the Amrita and claim it for themselves. The Devas, afraid that the Asuras will get the Amrita first and have more strength than them, pray to their chief God Vishnu for assistance. Vishnu, in their aid, turned himself into a beautiful nymph and distracted the Asura from their prized goal. This gave the Devas enough time to sneak in and steal the Amrita for themselves.
When you look at the scandalous actions of the Gods, even when judged from today's societal standards, is quite shocking. Their behavior is something one might find when describing the exploits of a criminal gang or of a Mafia lord seeking ultimate control over his or her territory.
6. When it comes to these gods creating us, what seems to be there purpose for creating us that is shared in all the myths in similar mannerisms?
RL: Mythology tends to fall silent in the why of things. What we have gleaned from these ancient traditions tends to revolve around the concept of labor. Many alternative historians are quick to point out that we were created as a slave race, but I like to substitute a different word - domesticated. To some extent, slavery implies that there is some kind of equality between the groups. Man makes slaves out of men, while we "domesticate" our animals. Why should we be so big headed to think that the Gods saw us differently than we would see a horse, a camel or donkey?
7. You have some interesting information about gold in the book. We all just about know the story of the Annunaki creating slaves to mine gold. What can you share about the differences regarding your take on this?
RL: In our studies we were aware of many contemporary writers who connect the Annunaki with gold mining. In writing the book we felt it was imperative to use the oldest source material we could find and then ensure that we found parallel or corroborative myths to support its validity. In the course of our research we spent a lot of time looking for the gold - a clay table from Sumer, a myth, a legend - anything. After a solid month of exhaustive research (I literally spent 10 - 12 hours per day for a month looking for the gold) I never found it, at least not in the way it had been purported.
We know from our research that gold was important to the Gods. In a couple of instances we found gold being referenced in relation to immortality. In Norse and Greek mythology we find golden apples associated with this life giving substance, but that is where the trail ended. We did, however, find something unexpected in our pursuit of immortality. The Aztec word for gold, translates as "the excrement of the Gods", while the Inca describe it as "the sweat of the sun".
Without going into a myriad of detail, we believe that the Gods, the extraterrestrials, may have been covering their bodies with gold to protect themselves from the UV radiation of the sun. This concept is supported by the notion that early cultures covered the face of their deceased with a golden death mask, so that they too can look Godlike and enter the realms of the immortal Gods uncontested.
8. Human beings are warlike specially our governments with the world being wrecked with violence. Then I read through a lot of these stories and they are filled with war and violence. Its dishearteningly bizarre. Is there something positive you could tell me from the creation myths to make me feel a little bit better about all of this? I see in one story all I need to do is not eat the food or drink the water and take the clothes and anoint myself to enter the heavens. I am going to remember that.
RL: I wish I had something positive to tell you. In our own society, we tell our own children "do as I say, not as I do". Likewise, the Gods provided mankind with laws to follow. Myth suggests that we followed their precepts for a while. As time progressed, we let go of the laws and began following in the footsteps of the Gods. It is sad, but true.
9. From India comes the story of Parashurama and of course wars and what seems to be UFOs with nuclear technology used in battle. Could you tell us a bit about this and also are there any other creation myths that seem to speak of UFO technology as well?
RL: The destructive power of the technology found in mythology is incredible. When you read excerpts from books such as the Theogony Of Hestoid that tells us:
A great part of huge earth was scorched by the terrible vapor and melted as tin melts when heated by men's art in channeled crucibles; or as iron, which is hardest of all things, is softened by glowing fire in mountain glens and melts in the divine earth through the strength of Hephaestus. Even so, then, the earth melted in the glow of the blazing fire. - Theogony of Hesiod
But stories like this are not limited to Greek or Hindu mythology. They are found worldwide. All one needs to do is read these ancient stories with a bit of discernment and the answers, the evidence, is right there in front of your eyes! Think about it. It is only recently that we can decode these stories and understand them from a technological and scientific perspective.
10. What would like to share with us from the book that we haven't touched on here yet that you feel is important to our readers? Also what new books or projects do you have planned in the future? Thank you.
RL: Many people wonder about the commonalities, the apparent synchronicities found throughout mythology. We believe we have we have uncovered the source of these stories...the Gods themselves. Mythology itself supports this notion. Multiple sources directly state that we were taught of our past by the Gods themselves. If as legend states the Gods taught us to use fire, to plant crops, to watch and track the stars, then why not teach us of our past. In turn, if the stories are all coming from a singular source, the Gods, then it would only make sense that the stories would all sound remarkably similar.
Moving forward, we are investigating the possibility of writing a book that deals with the question of subterranean realms and a further look into the notion of giants on the earth. We are very early into our research, so who knows where the Gods will lead us.
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