by Bruce L. Cathie

Spanish version

extracted from The Energy Grid - Harmonic 695




IN 1961 ARCHAEOLOGISTS DIGGING AT THE PALATINE Hill, Rome, uncovered a previously unknown room. In a niche of this room there was a painting, the subject of which was so startling that no explanation satisfactory to all shades of belief has yet been offered.

The painting?

In the centre ground stands what appears to be a modern spacecraft, a rocket in fact. It stands on a launching pad, and from it runs cables or guys; in the background there is a tall wall—for all the world resembling a counterblast wall.


Asks Ivan T. Sanderson, former British naval intelligence officer and a distinguished biologist:

What was it that the Roman artist painted? Was it imagination? Reality? A forecast of the future?’ A reproduction of the painting appears in his book, Uninvited Visitors. It deserves careful scrutiny.


Why a painting of a rocket ship should appear on the wall of a hidden room dating from ancient times - how it could possibly be there (yet it is!) - could be anyone’s guess.


Yet, curiously enough, there may be many more links between places of worship and space travel than one might first dare to think.

This is not intended as an irreverent statement; there need be no offence taken by anything written in this chapter by readers of devout Christian or other beliefs. But we would like to present some facts and some theories that might tend to open up fascinating lines of investigation for serious research work.

Consider, first of all, a typical place of worship in any country of the world today; and reflect that religious architecture has virtually followed a specific pattern from ages past. Mathematically speaking architecture of the kind displayed by the great cathedrals of Europe, for example, would present the greatest possible challenge to the designers and the builders of the time, with the great naves, the lowering structures, the superb arches.


Chartres, dating from the twelfth century, said by some to represent the finest flowering of religious architecture, is believed to have been designed on principles of Platonic mathematics, in which the harmonies of the entire universe were to be expressed.


Gaze upon the faces of the finely sculptured kings and queens at Chartres, unidentified and unknown representations; with expressions of supreme nobility they look down upon the thousands of tourists who come each year.


Look at the twin spires of the mighty cathedral - and mentally compare their shape and proportions with those of Apollo 12.


Look at any Christian church with new eyes, and see the resemblance between the typical church spire and a typical rocket ship. Study pictures of Islamic mosques, oriental pagodas, Buddhist temples; places of worship in India, Thailand, the Middle East: see how their towers soar upward, towards where most people believe “heaven” to be located.


Allowing for differences between Occident and Orient in the interpretation of detail, attempt to get a mental X-ray picture of the basic tower structures - and see how alike they really are beneath the superficial additions of various forms of buttresses, decorations of gargoyles or carved relief.

Moscow’s Ivan the Great bell tower in the Kremlin, seen with newly-opened eyes, is a three-stage rocket topped with a semi-spherical capsule; the multi-stage rockets disguised as towers surrounding St. Sophia’s, Constantinople, are suddenly obvious; the beautiful gothic arches inside Cologne Cathedral repeat the rocket shape; Chinese pagodas, Indian temples and stupas, Armenian bell towers, and simple country churches anywhere in the Christian world - all suddenly appear to have been built expressly in imitation of spaceships.

But granted the coincidence of shape - why?


That is a question that Vyacheslav Zaitsev, philologist at the Byelorrussian Academy of Sciences, has sought to answer in a number of works (Cosmic Reminiscences in Written Relics of the Past; The Evolution of the Universe and Intelligent Beings; plus many magazine articles, condensations of some of these appearing from time to time in the magazine Sputnik).



from 'The Occult Connection' By Ken Hudnall



But this field of research was not opened up by Zaitsev; he gives credit to Nikolai Rynin, a friend and pupil of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, the Russian scientist who at the beginning of this century established principles for the building of space rockets.

More than forty years ago Rynin was drawing attention to the correspondences in the myths of various peoples in regard to earth visits by beings from other worlds. In 1959 another Russian scientist, Modest Agrest, considered that many events described in the Bible were in fact references to visits made to this planet by astronauts from other worlds.


Three years later the American astrophysicist, Carl Sagan, published a similar hypothesis.

Let us be clear about this, there is no scientific backing for the theory that has been put forward and which we now draw attention to that the resemblance between religious architecture and machines designed for space travel is no mere coincidence.


For a recently published version and up-dated account of evidence drawn from ancient rock inscriptions, Biblical sources and other writings and artifacts, see Erich von Daniken’s Chariots of the Gods.


This Swiss archaeologist also puts forward the provocative theory that the origins of man are linked with visits to earth by beings from other planets in ancient times.

Returning to church architecture:

where did the archetype come from - the archetype that has been perpetuated with slight variation from ancient times up to the present day? And what are the reasons for the particular form of that archetype?

When David ascended to heaven, the Apocrypha relates, the angels showed him the “church image” that was to become the archetype of the Temple of Jerusalem. Returning to earth David built a model of this from memory, and ordered his son Solomon to erect a House of the Lord along the same lines. So, it is believed, the Temple of Jerusalem, built in the tenth century BC, came to be conceived.

This is Zaitsev’s question it is, of course, a rhetorical one:

“Perhaps the ‘church image’ was the image of a space-ship? Perhaps some human being was induced by the astronauts to go aboard the ‘celestial machine,’ where he saw the abode of God? Such an interpretation of this ancient Judaic legend about the origin of Solomon’s Temple would appear still more believable in the light of other texts, notably the Apocrypha.”

Hindus believed their temples were built in the image of those of other worlds, again the design being revealed by a deity. The classical work, Ramayana, tells of a “celestial chariot,” a two-storeyed vehicle with “many rooms and windows” which “roared like a lion” at launching, “issued a single-toned sound” and “blazed like red flames” as it raced through the air until finally it looked like ‘a comet in the sky’.1 Another source, the Mahabharata, says the vehicle was “activated by winged lightning.”


The Sanskrit work, Samarangana Sutradhara, contains a long description of the vehicle which in Veda works is referred to as vimana.

1 VyscheslavZaitsev, “Temples and Spaceships”, in Sputnik, Sept., 1968.

As Zaitsev points out:

“Christian and Judaic, like Buddhist and Brahmanist, architecture go back to one source, a certain ‘celestial temple,’ the look of which on earth was best imitated by domed churches.”

Supposing space-ships from other planets landed on earth long ago, to primitive man would not the effect have been closely similar to that of “cargo cults” by modern aircraft landing in such places as New Guinea and New Britain in recent times?


In those latter cases the arrival of aircraft led to a worship of the creatures who arrived by the craft, and various religious practices were adopted as a means of trying to induce the aircraft and their magical cargoes to return. A word or two about the “cargo cults,” as anthropologists have dubbed them.


Believed to have sprung up first in Fiji in the 1880s, the pattern has always been repeated; a prophet appears from among the people and proclaims the coming of salvation, possibly in the form of a ship or an aircraft loaded down with a host of goods ranging from refrigerators to canned food. He orders certain rituals, and even such activities as the building of a storehouse, an imitation landing strip or a wharf.


Basically all such cults are probably primitive attempts to set in motion the necessary social changes required for coping with a situation of cultural conflict the impinging of the modern and the “civilised” upon the ancient and “barbaric” - all in the guise of a new religion. In ancient times, one might conjecture, ships came to this planet from another world (other worlds?), bringing strange beings and strange - but vastly useful - goods.


Perhaps the ships left, perhaps some remained; perhaps some remained in orbit, and some men of this planet, recognized for their superior intelligence or powers of leadership compared to others in their group, were ferried to the space vehicles and presented with gifts - and given instruction in simple technology, such as the invention of the wheel, irrigation canals, better techniques of working with stone or metal, and so on.

Certainly there is reason to believe that something of the sort may have happened, possibly some 15,000 years ago. For it was about that time that man began a massive break-through in the handling of himself and his environment, a fact that has never been satisfactorily explained. In that long ago man suddenly, for no apparent reason, began to develop new techniques in such matters as splitting bones to create tools, although existing techniques had been in vogue for nearly a million years.

Man is a puzzle to biologists, so tremendously different from his nearest relatives, the giant apes, if we are to accept the Darwinian theory of evolution.


Among the primates, recent studies have shown, man has 312 unique and exclusive characteristics that no other primate possesses. For some reason he has evolved at a pace which, compared with that of the evolution of other creatures on this planet, can only be described as fantastically rapid. The evolutionary process is known to be very slow, imperceptible over the course of even hundreds of generations.


Man’s greatest evolutionary achievement was to develop a brain which from a capacity of 400 cubic centimeters (established from very early skulls of ape-like men) evolved to a capacity of 1300 cc, in the space of a million years - a mere tick of the evolutionary clock. Yet it took some thirty million years, on the other hand, for primates to evolve a hand with an opposable thumb which, according to the evolutionists, is what gave man his advantage in the race.

Two American writers, Otto Binder and Max Flindt, have recently put forward a theory postulating that the answer can only lie with a visit to this planet in ancient times of another intelligence from another world, and a conscious effort on the part of the visitors to breed a race of men on earth, either from motives of altruism or in a spirit of biological experimentation.


If the spacemen were here,

  • Did they ever really leave?

  • Did their presence give rise to the almost universal myth of racial origin, a descent by superior beings from “the stars” or “the sky?”

  • And did those feet in ancient times walk upon England’s mountains green?

The question of biological experiments we leave to the biologists. But dig into evidence for yourselves - and start an avalanche. We suggest the following areas for fruitful investigation: Myths and legends.

The ancient classical religious works from all countries inhabited since long, long ago - particularly India, China, Sumeria, Babylon, Egypt.

A fresh examination of “secret” systems of knowledge, religious and scientific, including works on alchemy, astronomy, the secret books of the Masonic orders and the Rosicrucians, and the system taught in modern times by Gurdjieff. Religious architecture.

The “inexplicable” presence of what Ivan Sanderson calls OOPARTS (for Out Of Place Artifacts) and OOPTHS (Out Of Place Things).

For the remainder of this chapter let’s have a look at some of the more outstanding “out-of-place objects:”

- In 1965 a Chinese archaeologist published a report which speculated that space beings may have visited this planet some 12,000 years ago. His principal items of evidence came from caves in the Bayan-Kara-Ula Mountains, on the China-Tibet border. Here have been found some 700 stone discs covered with mysterious designs and writings. Each disc has a hole in the centre, from which spirals a double groove out to the circumference.


The caves are inhabited to this day by people of the Ham and Dropa tribes - frail people, only some four feet in height; they defy ethnic classification. The discs have been dated to several thousand years ago. When finally deciphered, one of the hieroglyphs, possibly set down by an ancient member of the Ham tribe, reads:

The Dropas came down from the clouds in their gliders. Our men, women and children hid in the caves ten times before the sunrise. When at last they understood the sign language of the Dropas, they realized that the newcomers had peaceful intentions...”

The discs were scraped free of adhering rock particles and sent to Moscow for study. There scientists made two startling discoveries: the discs contained a large amount of cobalt and other metals; and they were found to vibrate in an odd rhythm, as though they carried an electric charge or were part of an electric circuit.


Primitive art - cave drawings, clay figurines - provide an abundance of material for the serious researcher into the possibility of space visitors having been here long ago.



- A rock picture found near the town of Fergana, Uzbekistan, is of what looks like astronaut; an artist in the Swiss Alps 4000 years ago drew a picture of a man in a space helmet; the wall painting of a rocket ship in a niche of a secret room beneath an old Roman church has already been mentioned: a fresco in the Dechany Monastery, Yugoslavia, depicts angels flying inside machines that closely resemble present-day spacecraft; something very like a spaceship is seen on a seventeenth-century icon. The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, in the Moscow Theological Academy, as representing the House of the Lord.


- Japanese archaeologists have found at several excavations dogu-clay figurines - of humanoids clad in peculiar spacesuits, with helmets entirely covering their heads. On the helmets are representations of something akin to slit-type glasses, breath-filters, antennae, hearing aids and even night-sight devices.

- Rock pictures of “spacemen” have been found in the Sahara, in Australia, in Soviet Central Asia and in other parts of the Old and New Worlds. There are so many known drawings and carvings of this kind, in fact, that they have become known as “the visiting cards of space travelers.”

When we come to look at OOPARTS, as opposed to representations on rock walls and in figurines, the former are,

“undeniably manufactured or artificial objects said to have been found inside solid, undisturbed rock strata, just as fossil animals and plants are found.” 1

1 Ivan T. Sanderson, Uninvited Visitors, Cowles, 1967.


Some of the more startling OOPARTS that have come to light include,

  • flat-headed steel nails discovered deep in a sandstone quarry in Scotland

  • fine gold threads inside a large quarried block of limestone from northern England

  • a bell-shaped, metallic vessel blasted from rock in Dorchester, England, the metal containing a large proportion of silver

  • a variety of objects found inside lumps of coal (which would date them back to at least twelve million years ago), including a beautiful gold chain of intricate workmanship, a prize for a Mrs. Culp of Illinois who found it when a lump of coal she was putting into her stove, in 1891, broke in two

An object in the Salzburg Museum, Austria, is another mystery - a perfect cube of meteoritic nickel-iron, about two inches square, which is encircled by a precisely turned deep groove, understood to have been machined, found in a block of coal that would have to have been between twelve and twenty-six million years old.


A German engineer, engaged to construct sewers for the city of Baghdad, discovered on a dusty shelf in the local museum among objects labeled as “ritual objects” some “stones” dating back a thousand years. Only one thing was known for certain about these “stones” - they came from the Sassanid period.


The engineer added another piece of knowledge: the “stones” were in fact batteries.

Other out-of-place items include a remarkable model of the solar system dating from olden times and recovered from a sea-bed, in which the movements of both planets and their satellites around the sun are accurately effected by the turning of a crank; the workmanship and materials preclude the construction of this incredible device in recent times.

  • Where did the detailed astronomical knowledge come from?

  • And where did the technology for the making of the model come from?