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From Thor to the pharaonic Sanfero: the theory of the ancient astronauts

According to the movie Thor, the Norsemen - Odin, Thor, Loki and all the rest - are nothing but humans from other planets. They are endowed with the technology of launching through space, and a wide range of other advanced technologies that provide them with an almost eternal life

Thor movie poster
Thor movie poster

"Let's go!" Thor roared and slammed his magical hammer at the giant steel robot standing in front of him. The unfortunate fell to the ground after several more blows, and ten minutes later the film about one of the most famous superheroes: the Norse god Thor ended.

It wasn't a bad movie, exactly. It wasn't a good movie either. Most of all, he was casual. The director did a good job with the costumes, but failed miserably in creating a real connection between the characters and the audience. Most of the movie I wasn't too worried about the fate of the main character here or there. But one element of the film particularly interested me and bothered me enough that for four days now I refrained from writing and spent thinking about it. This was the theory of the ancient astronauts.

According to the movie, the gods of the Norse - Odin, Thor, Loki and all the rest - are nothing but humans from other planets. They are endowed with the technology of launching through space, and a wide range of other advanced technologies that provide them with almost eternal life, enormous power, the creation of holograms that simulate real magic, the ability to fly and more. It's no wonder that when these aliens arrived on Earth eons ago, the Norse saw them as real gods. And so the gods visited our little planet, fought a little with their evil rivals, the ice giants, and then all sides withdrew and let life return to its order on earth. In fact, they were astronauts visiting Earth. Ancient astronauts.

This is not a new theory. The researcher Erich von Däniken had already proposed the idea in his book 'Chariots of the Gods', and provided plenty of circumstantial evidence for the visits of ancient astronauts to Earth. Included in this evidence are huge construction projects that it is hard to believe that primitive cultures could have succeeded in on their own, such as the Egyptian pyramids. Also included are technological surprises such as a non-rusting iron pillar found in India, or ancient urns with depictions of even more ancient astronauts emerging from spaceships.

Sound impressive? It's really impressive. But like any fairy tale, once you start breaking it down into its components, you become more and more skeptical. It turns out that von Daniken took a great deal of liberty in describing the findings. The iron pillar has actually been rusting for many years, as he himself admitted in a later interview. Some of the jugs he 'found', he ordered from a local potter who made them according to the pattern provided by von Daniken from his vivid imagination. When confronted with this fact, von Daniken explained that some people will only be convinced when they see the evidence in front of their eyes.

So he created the evidence himself.

It seems that despite all these refutations and contradictions, the biggest and most significant evidence for von Däniken's theory exists a few hundred kilometers away from Israel, and these are the Egyptian pyramids. Can we ever disprove the idea that aliens built these giant structures more than four thousand years ago, at a time when most of humanity hid under branches and foliage for warmth and shelter?

Perhaps the best rebuttal to this theory comes from the counterexample to Thor. An example of a flesh-and-blood person, full of fear and urges but who dares to try and fail again and again and again. His experiments are what led to the creation of three of Egypt's ancient pyramids. This man is called Sanferu, and he is one of the early pharaohs, the earliest rulers of united Egypt.

The pharaohs in ancient Egypt enjoyed a special status as omnipotent rulers. They exerted their control over the hundreds of thousands of farmers who worked the fertile land next to the Nile River and manipulated them into creating irrigation canals that would carry the river's waters further into Egypt. The Nile saturated the earth with minerals and other substances that could nourish the plants year after year, without the need to give the earth a rest in order for it to renew its powers (as is customary in Judaism, in the traditional practice known as the 'sleeping year').

The pharaohs may have been considered gods in the eyes of the common peasant, but they themselves knew the bitter truth: their bodies were completely human, from the lash of the hair to the nail of the toe. They lived - and mostly died - as human beings. And most of all, death is the one that bothered them the most in their lives. What will happen to their bodies after death? What will happen to their eternal souls?

The answer to the first question is simple. In the hot and dry Egypt they used to bury the bodies in the desert sand. In this hot and dry environment, the body went through a rapid drying process. It has lost the water inside it, and remains only as a dry shell, a mummy, which the bacteria find it difficult to eat and digest. The process can be compared to what a grape goes through when it turns into a mummy raisin - and can now be preserved for many years.

The preservation of the body for many years is indeed important, but the sand can move and move. Within a few months of the burial, the mummy could rise to the surface and scare the unfortunate shepherd girl to death. This is not the proper burial for a pharaoh with minimal self-respect.

The innovation found by the Egyptian nobles, even before the time of Sanfero, is the use of burial structures composed of mud-bricks and mortar. These were called Mastaba in ancient Egyptian. The buildings were no bigger than a house, and contained the preserved body inside, along with a small area where the priests could pray and offer incense to the soul of the deceased. This was a satisfactory solution for most Egyptian nobles, but not for the pharaohs. These decided to stack mastaba on top of mastaba, shelf upon shelf upon shelf - and this is how the first step pyramids were created. But these were not enough for Sanfero. They were not polished enough. They lacked the splendor of the kingdoms. They were big and bulky. Sanfero strove to find a more elegant way of burial for his body.

A simple step pyramid in Mexico, photographed by Cesar Ramirez. From Wikipedia
A simple step pyramid in Mexico, photographed by Cesar Ramirez. From Wikipedia

It is hard to say what caused Sanfero to reject the simplistic step pyramid idea so decisively. Did he fear for his eternal soul? What was the source of his obsession with death, and why, for most of his reign, was his main occupation in building the largest coffin in the world - the first true pyramid that wasn't just masta upon masta? The answers to these questions will probably never become clear, unless we discover a cache of miraculously preserved papyri from that period. We can only guess. But we can know (and that too within the limits of human knowledge of history) that Sanfero was the most famous pyramid builder in the history of Egypt. And he failed, and failed and succeeded.

The first pyramid he tried to create is known today as Maydom's Pyramid. If you visit the site you will find that it is not exactly similar to the pyramid. In fact, it looks more like an unfinished pyramid - which is exactly what it is. The large and magnificent stone slabs on which the name of Sanpero buried inside was supposed to be engraved, remained empty and smooth. We know that this pyramid was built by Sanfero only thanks to the graffiti left by an Egyptian priest on the walls of the pyramid, a thousand years after its construction - "I was here, I saw the sun rise in the temple of Sanfero, and I thought it was beautiful."

Sanfero started building it as an ordinary step pyramid: mastaba upon mastaba. But in the middle of the construction he regretted it. In the usual step pyramids, a disturbance is buried under the pyramid. It was not a suitable place for Sanfero, who decided to engineer a closed space within the pyramid itself in which his body would be buried. The plans to build the pyramid changed rapidly. More stones were added around and inside, and before long it was clear that if the construction continued in this way, the final structure would not last long. The foundations, the base, the entire structure were not designed to withstand such a radical change in the construction plans.

Maidum's pyramid

Another person might have given up at this point, ordered to undo the changes and reverted to the good old standard. No fins. He abandoned the hybrid pyramid with sighs and proceeded to build a new pyramid, which he had planned from the beginning as a pyramid with smooth wigs, so that it would not look like someone piled clumsy Lego blocks on top of each other. This pyramid will contain a burial space from the very beginning, including traps, hidden doors and rabid bats against grave robbers. This was the pyramid in which Sanfero planned to be buried - known today as the Crooked Pyramid.

Well, I guess you already understand from the name that she didn't really succeed either.

The problem this time was almost nonsensical, and demonstrates how much the science of engineering depends on every factor, however small it may seem to the inexperienced eye. The researchers of the pyramids believe (although, as usual, there are differences of opinion on the subject) that the area on which the pyramid was supposed to be built was not properly cleaned of sand. Remember the sand, the one that moves all the time? Do you really want to build a structure that weighs several thousand tons, on top of a ground that at any moment could move under it and change its shape? This is not a good idea, so the Egyptians used to remove all the sand from the area on which the pyramid was built, and built the huge tomb on top of the ground below the sand. In the case of the crooked pyramid, a small part of the sand was not removed from under one of the corners. At the beginning of construction it wasn't too bad, but as construction continued, it became clearer that the perfect pyramid would not be stable.

Should we abandon the construction in the middle? It was an insult to Sanfero's dignity. He quickly changed the plans and found a way to redesign the pyramid so that it would be minimally stable. The construction was completed as soon as possible, and the makeshift pyramid earned its name - the crooked pyramid.

The crooked pyramid, uploaded to Wikipedia by Ivrienen
The crooked pyramid, uploaded to Wikipedia by Ivrienen

If any of you still believe that aliens built the pyramids, they probably believe in aliens with technology to cross outer space at speeds exceeding the speed of light, with quantum computers the size of a grain of sand that are more powerful than our supercomputers that take up the volume of a high-rise building... but who could not design pyramids like needed Shalimsalm, in short.

Sanfero is already an old man, barely leaning on the throne. The crown on his head is mainly a burden. End of battle, and he is desperate. He shares the human fear of disappearing into nothingness without leaving a trace. He is also not ready to be buried in a pyramid that is not perfect for his will and vision. Kill the previous architects? Impossible, they are his sons. With no choice, he launched a new operation to build the pyramid known today as the Red Pyramid, due to the reddish color of its stones. It was the first perfect pyramid in history whose faces were designed from the beginning of its construction to be smooth.

For ten years and seven months, the workers toiled hard to build the Red Pyramid. Sanfero spared no expense this time, nor in the preparations before construction. Although each year brought him closer to death, he clung to life with gnarled fingers that looked more like claws, with a burning desire in his eyes that were almost like mirrors. He created for himself the largest tombstone in the world in those days, while working almost to death - and sometimes beyond - the peasants of Egypt. And he succeeded.

At the end of his life, Sanfero was buried in the Red Pyramid. His body was embalmed according to the Egyptian tradition, buried in a fancy coffin, and buried in the burial chamber inside the pyramid along with a huge fortune in statues, jewelry and perfumes.

The Red Pyramid, as uploaded by Ivrienen to Wikipedia
The Red Pyramid, as uploaded by Ivrienen to Wikipedia

Sanfero reached the end of his life's journey as it should be for any person to reach it: after having dedicated everything to one burning goal, greater than life itself and perhaps even death. He immortalized his memory for thousands of years, and was a role model for his son who created a pyramid imitating his father's. Hufu's pyramid is bigger than the Red Pyramid, but Hufu is not endowed with the creativity and drive of his father. The Hufu Pyramid is nothing more than a structural imitation of the Red Pyramid, on a larger scale. Creativity was rediscovered in Sanfero's grandson, Khaf-Re, who built the huge Khaf-Re pyramid, and next to it he also placed the Great Sphinx.

The Pyramid of Khaf-Re, with the Sphinx, as uploaded to Wikipedia by the user Hamish2k

These are the history of the pyramids of Egypt, structures that were created by the power of trial and error of human beings like Finfer. The builders were people like me and you who loved life and feared death. People like us wanted to leave something for life after they died. They were creative and talented. They were quick thinking, fickle and selfish. Above all, they were human. And their story, like any story that deals with real people, is immortal and eternal. We can understand their motives to this day. understand and identify.

The ancient astronaut theory may tempt us with its promise that more advanced, more successful life exists. There are ways to bridge the dark infinite distances between the stars and galaxies. And if such technologies do exist, would it matter if those ancient astronauts also managed to withdraw death itself, the nothingness that hovers like a guillotine blade over the neck of each and every person? However, in the same breath, the theory denies the greatest successes of human beings in the thousands of years of civilization. It diminishes and diminishes the importance of human impulses so much that they have led to the fulfillment of the greatest deeds. To a large extent, it is anti-human. Eternal life and technology are attributed to aliens. Death and failures are attributed to humans.

I - I don't believe her.

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  1. Interestingly, the shape of an SSB radio antenna is an inverted pyramid…

    The builders of the pyramids were not slaves, but a middle class that enjoyed a very respectable life.

    We built the pyramids using sand embankments around the pyramid and after construction they were taken down.

  2. What do aliens need a huge pile of rocks for? Why would aliens build pyramids? Or why would they bother teaching humans to build themselves stupid tombs? If I were an alien with super advanced alien technology, and I were to arrive on a new planet, then the last thing on my mind would be to arrange blocks of stone in a pyramid shape, so that humans could place their bodies inside. Aliens would build alien structures, from materials much more advanced than stone, and moreover we would find remnants of their technology everywhere. Has anyone found electronics in the pyramids? Silicon chips? Electric or nuclear power sources? Spaceships buried in the sand? The most impressive thing there is all kinds of funny murals, airplane-shaped toys, and all kinds of objects that remind someone of batteries, etc., not something I would call alien technology that knows how to fly between stars.

  3. Lior (30)
    Thanks for the links, I didn't know that theory. In my opinion, its importance is mainly in demonstrating the feasibility of building such a structure using super simple technology (and many slaves) that existed at that time. There may be another method/methods that haven't been thought of yet. Did it really happen that way? It's a good question for research, for sure it's another small lesson for people who say something is impossible just because they're too lazy to think creatively and prefer easy magic solutions like aliens or some other spaghetti monster.

  4. Until he finds a sign "Flash Gordon was here..."
    I will not accept the alien visitation theory.
    The minimum that can be expected from an advanced intelligence/culture is to leave a universal and clear mark for future generations.
    Half-clues and dubious miracles characterize religions and not M.D.E.

  5. I completely agree with my father (17):
    The thought of intelligent beings that control the technology of space flight (probably for very large masses), that is, a technology that is expected to be at least like ours and probably also much more advanced, and leave their mark on this world by means of a pile of stone blocks is very inelegant to me. Could this be the case? Sure, like many other opinions. Is this what likely happened in terms of the other evidence (or rather the lack of it) for the presence of such intelligent beings (non-UFO aliens)? Hasn't it happened in history that a technological method or other knowledge was lost and rediscovered a long time later? Happened more than once. Therefore, in the absence of strong evidence from both directions of this thought, I prefer the latter as the working assumption (which needs to be further tested), that is, that seven days ago humans succeeded in a clever and unfamiliar way to carve, transport and place those blocks of rock. I prefer this way of thinking if only because a parallel can be made between other cases where knowledge was lost and rediscovered and between the possibility that this happened here as well, all that is needed is a simple induction. In the first case we don't even have that. Of course, a well-documented encounter with aliens with advanced technology would be helpful evidence of such a possibility.

  6. All the mathematical calculations - don't forget that the rock had to be carved out of a larger rock, and also transported to the construction site. That is, the problem of placing the stones on top of each other is only a partial problem.
    A true calculation of the ability to build such a pyramid should include all the parameters, including the fact that, beyond the insane demands of manpower required for such a project in the ancient world, the average life span was quite reduced, and people still had to raise oxen, grow fields with vegetables, and grow Children…..
    Does anyone know of a quality website that tries to calculate these seriously?

  7. You have the right to think so... at least you were willing to see.
    In my opinion this world is much more strange and wonderful than we think. We are fed by the developments of science (modern 100 years? Including everything 300 years plus or minus?) and what we see and hear from the immediate environment and the media and live in some illusion that everything is visible and explained.
    There are many black swans waiting to be revealed and meeting them will be unlike anything we have experienced or known.
    I prefer to live with open eyes and ears and an open mind to knowledge of different kinds. As I wrote - proofs when they arrive are welcome but even where there are no proofs you can have fun with ideas...

  8. A stupid series that tries hard to make you wonder.
    There is some idiot named her, for whom everything you read in this book happened "it is written explicitly" Joshua went up into space in a spaceship..
    In the end, any increase in accuracy they achieved is the result of slaves who spent their entire lives sitting and sanding a certain rock, or even slightly talented people that's what they did.
    I believe that Egypt was born the Einstein of architecture who found ways to move all these rocks, this is already a much more realistic thinking.
    I have no knowledge of construction and engineering, so what they say is impossible to achieve, suddenly it turns out that if they sand the same rock for 30 years with care, they will reach such results... just poor work

  9. Well, aliens came, built some magnificent and impressive buildings and came back.. Sounds great, I'll go with that..

  10. It's amazing how many people who consider themselves thinkers and science lovers are able to ignore questioning the correctness of the consensus even when there are fundamental questions that are not resolved by conventional thinking.
    There is a series on the History Channel about the ancient astronaut theory - the series is excellent and recommended even to the most skeptical - not to convince, but to wonder.
    Science needs deep thinkers and people who are willing to break conventions, and this cannot be done without being exposed to information and theories of various kinds.
    The proofs and arguments can come later.

  11. Good to know that there is cement between the rocks in the pyramids.

    You started making up facts.

    All the best.

  12. 1. You are probably not looking for information in the right places. Check all the pyramids.
    2. Continue to ignore the pulleys and the scaffolding. You're not really looking for the truth after all.
    3. Cement. do you know
    4. Even if there really was such an experiment (and I can't find any mention of it online, which is suspicious in itself), in engineering every little detail matters. Maybe the Japanese didn't use the right kind of wood as pulleys, or they didn't have basic levers, or they couldn't coordinate the work like the Egyptians learned to do through the accumulated experience of hundreds of years of work. The fact that they failed to build

    Leave, you only look for what supports your opinion, and abandon everything else. I finished the argument.

  13. The child should be called by his name: No laborers but slaves!.
    Do not join the Egyptian attempt to obscure the fact that the builders of the pyramids were slaves who were deprived of their lives.

  14. 1. All the rocks are over 1.5 tons and up to even 20 tons. There is no debate about that.
    2. The Egyptians did not have cranes and only had copper chisels that cannot carve granite rock.
    (The parts that are built of granite are also the biggest bricks).
    3. They and more how they placed them surgically - you can't insert a credit card between the bricks in the pyramids of Giza.
    All the other pyramids including the crooked ones and those that do not reach the level of the pyramids of Giza are indeed man-made and poor imitations. And they are actually even later.
    The discussion/debate revolves around these three specific pyramids.
    4. On paper everything looks beautiful.
    In the 80s, the Japanese (Nippon Company) received permission from the Egyptians to try to build a replica of the Great Pyramid using ancient tools (a smaller replica) on the site itself - the failure was severe, they were not even able to move the huge rocks.

  15. The push argument is that if aliens could cross the universe, they could also bring much more advanced technology with them, for example reconstructing the YOO towers.

  16. 1. Not all rocks were of the same massive weight.
    2. The Egyptians had pulleys, cranes, scaffolding and other tools that humans developed in those days. These made the work very easy. On rollers, every ten workers can also push a rock weighing tons.
    3. They didn't place the stones with precision that even came close to being surgical. Read the article. again. There were blunders in the construction, as well as in the planning. Or do the aliens not know how to design basic pyramids?
    4 and most important: you still fail to understand your math. 30,000 workers lined up around a new stone and pushed it into place every three minutes. Even if every hundred workers push one stone to a place in an hour, it turns out that in one hour 300 stones are placed. And on a working day it is easy to reach 1,640 stones as well.

  17. Pine

    According to your calculation, every day in ten working hours 30,000 workers piled 1640 rocks weighing 1.5-8 tons

    And placed them with surgical precision in an average time of 2.7 minutes per rock...

  18. I love people who quote math without understanding it.

    30,000 workers who work for ten years, ten hours of work a day.
    Six million stones.

    It turns out that they had a total of 182 hours to put every stone in place.

  19. Pine

    8.5 minutes to place one cube precisely and hermetically from 6 million huge rocks for 100 - this is not possible
    Even in today's terms.

    should be real.

  20. What hole in the theory? Even 30,000 people are enough to build a pyramid over ten years.

  21. Oren The accepted number for archaeologists is about 20 thousand workers.
    Not hundreds of thousands.

    Verner tells us that the current consensus among Egyptologists sets the figure at a little more than 30,000. Lehner, who has worked at Giza for many years and conducted experiments on building pyramids, is considered one of the leading authorities on these structures. He claims a somewhat lower estimate, including carpenters to make tools and sledges, metal workers to make and sharpen cutting tools, potters to make pots for food preparation and hauling water for mortar and other purposes, bakers, brewers and others, consisting of between 20,000 and 25,000 workers at any one time.

    Pira Mida did point out a hole in the theory and gave food for thought.

  22. Puree -

    What do you think: that Pharoah came by himself and placed stone after stone, or did he have hundreds of thousands of workers who did it for him?
    And after such a claim on your part, you still say that the article is amateurish?

  23. The reference to the pyramids in Egypt as independent buildings is wrong. Pyramids, much more elaborate, were also built in South America, and despite all kinds of differences of opinion, it is impossible not to refer to the similarity between them. There are Plato's descriptions of the separation of the continents (probably due to earthquakes that created the Atlantic Ocean) and it is possible that there was simply a highly developed culture that disappeared for some reason. Some say famine, because of climate change, and some describe uprisings of inferior population strata, which naturally were physically stronger, but in terms of knowledge... ? And the strong nature survives...

  24. It is not possible that so many cultures at that time had myths about gods that came from the sky (or from a very high mountain.. a.k.a. Olympus).

    I strongly believe in this theory. I think humans are the result of a genetic experiment between aliens and monkeys. This explains why there was a huge leap in evolution here in only tens of thousands of years.

  25. Despite the attempt to approach this matter with a scientific approach, it is evident that the final conclusion was marked in advance, and the closing sentence will testify to this.
    The dubious personality of Erich von Daniken and his eagerness to impress his readers to the point of deliberate deception have long been known. But this fact does nothing to contribute to a serious discussion of the issue under discussion. At most it can be used as a psychological tool in a futile argument, such as tattooing the credibility of a hostile witness in a trial.
    There are thousands of archeological findings that raise questions about the abilities of our ancestors that are not consistent with everything we know (see for example "forbidden archaeology")
    And if we are dealing with a scientific approach. Even the skeptic among scientists will admit that in light of the enormous number of solar systems, and in light of the discoveries of distant planets in recent years, that the chances of the formation of intelligent life outside the earth are zero. In any case, no one knows yet how to assess this possibility and therefore this possibility is not illusory.
    Now imagine in your mind such a culture that is five hundred years ahead of us, not to mention millions of years. If we take into account the technological leap of humanity only in the last hundred years, then the capabilities of a culture that is hundreds or thousands of years more advanced are beyond imagination.

  26. The ancient Egyptians were shepherds/nomads who settled in the Nile Valley at the end of their migration/"escape" from the drying Sahara, therefore one of the most important gods had the face of a cow,
    In their wanderings they got to know the desert west of the Nile,
    Anyone who has visited the Western Desert (Eastern Sahara) in Egypt has seen the surviving natural pyramids
    In the sand plains, it can be assumed that the ancient Egyptians saw the geometric form that survives against forces
    Nature and time, buildings that inspired the building of the pyramids,

  27. Remembering the well-known proverb:
    Just because it was proven that you don't have a sister doesn't mean that there really isn't one.

  28. I liked the article and its conclusion.
    By the way, there are deep disagreements regarding the age of the Sphinx. Some extend his body as older than his head.

  29. That's the problem Roy, you perceive things by faith and not by careful scientific examination. If you did that, you would find that many theories that are considered scientific are nothing more than theories, just like the theory of the ancient astronauts.

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