Ancient churches in Lalibela: built by aliens?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKufoU543AU

This is very interesting...
 

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Pretty tame, and comparably tenable, compared to some of the other claims I've heard about Ethiopian Christianity ;)
 

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On a side note I would love to visit those church's one day  :)
 

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How I loathe the History Channel of late...

I believe this is appropriate?

 

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akimori makoto said:
Mr Tsoukalos needs a haircut.
"First they came for the communists,
but I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist."

If you wish to keep your own hair, defend the hair of others.
 

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Yeah but the aliens were in turn instructed by the Ge'ez-speaking squirrels from Eden
 

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While I have not yet had a chance to look up the details and credentials of most of the persons who spoke on this clip, my dubious light is lit because I do know of Erich Van Daniken.  His book "Chariots of the Gods?" came out in 1968 and I read it when I was a teenager.  Even at that age the idea that earlier peoples were somehow too stupid to build things without "alien" help and lack of consideration of other ideas and considerations seemed to me to be lame and unsupported.  There were other books that took on this thesis and countered it like "Crash Go the Chariots" and "The Space Gods Revealed".  It is documented that Van Daniken, shall we say, did not always present real facts in his books.

Other places have large structures carved out of solid rock, even if they're not totally cut free of the surrounding material, such as Petra.  There are such buildings in India they were carved out of ridge of granite, from what I've read.  http://www.wondermondo.com/Countries/As/India/TamilNadu/PanchaRathas.htm
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/249/

So at least from what was shown on the clip, I see no reason to think that this thesis is true.

Ebor
 

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Oh no! it's double-dactyl time:

Higgledy-Piggledy
Erich Van Daniken
Found ancient astronauts
On ev'ry stone,

Super-intelligent
Extraterrestrial
Visitors never could
Leave us alone.


 

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Claiming that aliens built these churches or the pyramids is just white who try to explain away the fact that people of color were able to build amazing structures while their ancestors were bear baiting and living in huts.
 

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I think it's more a case of "chrono-snobbery", the idea that the ancestors weren't as intelligent or capable of figuring things so they needed some kind of help from "superior beings", since the video gives a date of these churches as the 12th century and there were large buildings existing in many parts of Europe and other places on the globe at the same time. Great Zimbabwe was being built in stone starting in the 11th century to give another example in Africa.

There are plenty of amazing structures or parts of them that are much older, Stonehenge and Silbury Hill in England and the Bru na Boinne site in Ireland (with Newgrange and Knowth among other works) are both ancient and marvelous as are the Pyramids, the remains of Persepolis and many others. 
 

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I've always wondered why beings who could manage FTL inter-galactic flight would be so dang interested in rocks.
 
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JamesRottnek said:
akimori makoto said:
Mr Tsoukalos needs a haircut.
"First they came for the communists,
but I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist."

If you wish to keep your own hair, defend the hair of others.
I might not agree with the way you wear your hair but I'll defend to the death your choice to wear it that way?
 

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akimori makoto said:
JamesRottnek said:
akimori makoto said:
Mr Tsoukalos needs a haircut.
"First they came for the communists,
but I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist."

If you wish to keep your own hair, defend the hair of others.
I might not agree with the way you wear your hair but I'll defend to the death your choice to wear it that way?
Exactly, especially for someone who has less-than-lawyerly hair, yet is a lawyer.
 

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Only power tools? 

I hate it when scientists can't think their way through a straight line.

The history channel has really been quite dysfunctional lately. 
 

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This is the reverse of Fr. Seraphim Rose. One says that angles are aliens, the other says that aliens are demons. Kind of interesting that they are in agreement about there being a similar relationship between the concepts.

Is this a kind of ecumenical dialog happening?
 
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