excerpts from the newly released national bestseller,
RIPLEY’s BELIEVE IT OR NOT!
LOOK AT THE WORLD’s WEIRDEST FACTS
Publishing, October 2004, ISBN# 1893951731
National release date: Wednesday, October 6, 2004
WE ALREADY ON THE MOON IN 2309 B.C.? DID AN
EXTRATERRESTIAL CIVILIZATION IN EONS PAST -- THE
’ALIEN RAJ’ -- TAKE EARTH HUMANS ON FREQUENT VISITS
TO OTHER PARTS OF OUR SOLAR SYSTEM AND THE GALAXY
AND THEN RETURN THEM TO SOL III WHERE THEIR WRITTEN
EXPERIENCES BECAME ’LEGENDS,’ ’MYTHS,’ AND
By Jonathan Gray
First Moon Landing? According to Chinese historical
tradition, a man and a woman landed on the Moon over
4,000 years ago. The engineer Hou-Yih and his
wife, Chang Ngo, flew to the Moon on a "celestial
Their descriptions of the conditions on the Moon were
incredibly ACCURATE. Was their journey the result of an
overactive imagination or did they really go there using
technology that was later lost to mankind? [ p. 11 ]
In 1926, Professor A. W. Bickerton declared the concept of shooting
at the moon to be foolish and impossible. In 1935, the noted
astronomer F. R. Moulton wrote that man could never travel in outer
space. In 1957, Dr. Richard van der Riet Wooley (former Astronomer
Royal) called the idea of space travel "utter bilge." Eight months
later Sputnik I was orbiting the earth.
In a remote northern area of Tibet lie the ruins of the Hsiung Nu
capital, discovered by Duparc in 1725. Within the city, Duparc came
upon a mass of monoliths (once coated with silver), a pyramid, part
of a tower of blue porcelain, and a royal palace, containing thrones
with sun and moon images. There was also a large milky white stone
surrounded by exquisite drawings.
Now for the stunning sequel. In 1952, a Soviet expedition arrived.
The group was shown by Tibetan monks some ancient documents, whose
descriptions agreed with those of Duparc.
But here is the breathtaking part: the milky white stone, so said
the documents, was "brought from the moon." Moon rock? Is it
possible? COULD MAN ACTUALLY HAVE LEFT THIS EARTH AND GONE TO THE
MOON IN AGES PAST? Was space travel a natural adjunct to his
civilization? Are there clues?
Indeed there are. Indications of the reality of ancient space travel
do come from widely separated parts of the world. Written and oral
tradition is widespread - and, it seems, reliable.
Chinese historians in particular never tried to please their rulers
at the expense of truth. Death was preferred to untruthful reports
of history. As an example we have the fate of historians in the
reign of Chi in 547 B.C. We should therefore take seriously the
historical reports of China, even if they seem at first to he
There is a tendency in scientific circles nowadays to regard ancient
documents and even mythology and folklore - as sources of history.
Anthony Roberts expresses it this way:
"Legends are like
time-capsules that preserve their contents through ages of
In regard to some of the chronicles cited hereafter, internal
evidence will carry its own proofs of authenticity.
My first source is an old manuscript described by
the English scholar who wrote decades before people spoke of
artificial satellites and spaceships.
INDIA: Vehicles that
could revolve around the earth (i.e., satellites):
is drawn from the air in a very simple and cheap way. The motor
is something like a modern turbine: it works from one chamber to
another and does not stop or stall unless switched off. If
nothing happens it continues to function. The ship in which it
is built could revolve as long as it liked around Earth, only
falling when the parts of which it is made were burnt up."
2 - INDIA: Philosophers and scientists who orbited the
earth "below the moon and above the clouds" are spoken of in the
ancient Surya Siddhanta.
Giant satellites made of shiny metal and turning about an axis
are described in detail in ancient Sanskrit texts, right down to
their dimensions and interiors, as well as smaller craft that
fly between them and the earth.
3 - CHALDEA: Two "modern" rockets emitting rays at the
rear, a box like a loudspeaker and a "copy" of a Gemini capsule
- are engraved on a copper chisel unearthed at Ur.
SUMERIA: Pictographic texts describe three related
objects on display in Sippar: the golden sphere (command
module?), the "GIR" (a long arrow-shaped object, divided into
several compartments) and the "alikmahrati," meaning "advancer
that makes vessel go" (i.e., a motor, or an engine). Together
they look very much like a three-part rocket ship.
Another explicit sign is the combination of two words "DIN" and
’GIR." When joined together to form the word "g-ds," the tail of
the finlike "gir" fits perfectly into the opening of the rocket
like "din," which exhausts fire from its tail.
5 - PERU: A clay vessel 8-1/2 inches high portrays a kind
of "space capsule" on which motor and exhaust are clearly
6 - ITALY: A painting discovered in the niche of a room
under Rome’s Palatine Hill, in 1961, portrays what appears to be
a rocket. It stands on a launching pad. From it run guys or
cables; behind is a tall wall, resembling a counterblast wall.
7 - JAPAN: Excavations have uncovered clay figurines of
people clad in peculiar "space suits", with helmets entirely
covering their heads. On the helmets are representations of
something like slit-type glasses, breath -filters, antennae,
hearing aids and even night-sight devices.
8 - INDIA:
The Mahabharata describes "two storey sky
chariots with many windows, ejecting red flame, that race up
into the sky until they look like comets . . . to the regions of
both the sun and the stars."
9 - GUATEMALA: Another ancient description mentions "a
circular chariot of gold, measuring 12,000 cubits in
circumference and able to reach the stars"
10 - INDIA: Other references speak of:
Pushan sailing in golden ships
across the ocean of the sky
Garuda (a celestial bird)
carrying Lord Vishnu in cosmic journeys
Aerial flights "through the
region of the sky firmament which is above the region of the
The Ancients of Space
11 - NEW ZEALAND: Maori
legends tell of flying machines and journeys to the moon.
12 - CHINA, 3rd century B.C.: Chuang Tzu, in a work
entitled Travel to the Infinite, relates a trip he made into
space to 32,500 miles from the earth.
13 - TIBET and MONGOLIA: Ancient Buddhist books speak of
"iron serpents which devour space with fire and smoke, reaching
as far as the distant stars."
14 - TIBET: The three levels of a pyramid in the Hsing Nu
capital commemorated three historical periods in the remote
here that there reposed on the altar a "stone brought from the
15 - BABYLON: The
Epic of Etana (4,700 years old)
supplies us with very accurate descriptions of the earth’s
surface from progressive altitudes - descriptions which were not
verified in our own era until the high-altitude aerial flights
of the 1950s and the first space shots of the 1960s.
The description of this ancient space flight depicts exactly
what happens when man leaves the earth (the concept of the round
earth which becomes small, due to perspective as distance
increases, and changes into particular colors).
16 - BOOK OF ENOCH: The ancient Book of Enoch says that
in space "it was hot as fire and cold as ice" (where objects get
hot on the side illuminated by the sun and icy cold on the
shaded side) and "a dark abyss."
17 - YUNNAN PROVINCE CHINA: Engravings of cylindrical
rocket like machines, which are shown climbing skyward, were
discovered on a pyramid which suddenly emerged from the floor of
Lake Kun-Ming during an earthquake.
18 - GREECE: Lucian pictured the moon as a body like the
earth which could be reached in 8 days and wrote a "fiction" (?)
of a moon trip.
19 - CHINA: "Desolate, cold
and glassy": In the year 2309 B.C. the engineer of Emperor Yao
decided to go to the moon. The "celestial bird" provided him
with information on his trip. He explored space by the current
of luminous air" (the exhaust of a fiery rocket?).
Hou Yih flew into space where "he did not perceive the rotary
movement of the sun."
(This statement is of paramount importance in corroborating the
story because it is only in space that man cannot see the sun
rise or set.)
On the moon he saw the ’frozen-looking horizon" and erected a
building, "the Palace of Cold."
His wife Chang Ngo likewise flew to the moon, which she found a,
"luminous sphere, shining like glass, of enormous size and very
cold; the light of the moon has its birth in the sun," she
(Chang Ngo’s moon exploration report was correct.
Apollo II astronauts found the moon desolate with a glasslike
soil - and parts of it even paved with pieces of glass. Most of
the moon, at any given time, is in the throes of extreme cold.
It plunges to minus 250 degrees Fahrenheit at midnight.)
The ancient Greek scientist Empedocles had also declared that
the moon was made of glass. Such precise knowledge implies
on-site inspection of the moon in the remote past.
20 - CHINA: A story from this same period states that an
enormous ship appeared on the sea at night with brilliant lights
which were extinguished during the day. It could also sail to
the moon and the stars, hence its name, "a ship hanging among
the stars" or "the boat to the moon."
This giant ship which could travel in the sky or sail the seas
was seen for 12 years.
21 - CHINA: "The Shi Ching" book says that when the
Emperor saw crime and vice rising in the world,
"he commanded Chong and
Li to cut off communication between the earth and the
sky - and since then there has been no more going up or down."
Is this not a clear indication of the cessation of space travel
in the past?
22 - TIBET: Sanskrit documents discovered by the Chinese
at Lhasa are claimed to contain directions for building
Flight to the moon is mentioned (though it is not stated whether
this was undertaken or just planned). The Chinese have stated
that certain of the data were being studied for inclusion in
their space program.
23 - Relics on the moon? Reports have been made
concerning strange messages on the surface of the moon.
An object shaped like a sword
near the crater Birt
Strange cross formations in the
crater Eratosthenes and at Fra Mauro
Angular lines in the crater Gassendi and seven spots in the shape of the Greek capital
Gamma on the floor of the crater Littrow
Two giant sets of letters under
Mare Serenitalis, to the left of Mare Tranquilitatis, which
read: "PYAX" and "JAW" in block letters, easily discernible
Strange tracks running right up
the wall of a crater.
If such geometric constructions were
found on earth, speculation would rage as to the men who left
Not every discovery has been announced by NASA - and exploration
has scarcely begun. Already NASA has run out of budget for
further moon visits. It is by no means impossible that future
astronauts will discover objects or installations showing that
other human beings came to the moon in the distant past.
24 - It was July 20, 1969, the occasion of the first moon
landing. During the last reconnaissance flight around the moon,
preceding the landing, one of the astronauts made an unexpected
announcement: he had just seen the contours of what seemed to be
some sort of seven-story structure.
What was it that he saw? Might it have been the "Palace of
Why did they subsequently delete a full 11 minutes - including
this - from rebroadcasts? (But it was too late. We had already
If there is a single, ancient, long-abandoned edifice on the
moon, if there is a single object indicating earlier
intelligence, if there is still one recognizable rock drawing to
be found, then just think what such a find would do to our
But wait! News has continued to filter through - not only from
the moon, but from 40 million miles away on the small planet
25 - A Soviet scientist who defected to the West claims
that photographs taken by an orbiting satellite clearly show the
ruined temples of a civilization - on the planet Mars!
The 58-year-old scientist was a high-echelon member of an el-te
team that has worked together since 1961 when Vostok I carried
Yuri A. Gagarin as the first man in space. But Russia’s growing
emphasis on the development of a nuclearized "Star Wars"
satellite system in space prompted him to flee Russia. He now
lives under an assumed identity in Switzerland.
He reports that several years ago, a Soviet satellite was
launched for Mars. It reached that destination in 1982 and has
been orbiting the Red Planet ever since. Its sole purpose was to
beam photographs and other data back to a manned satellite
orbiting Earth. The task was accomplished with incredible
The photographs are computer-enhanced and in full color. The
detail they show is far beyond anything produced in America. And
there is no mistaking what they reveal. The city scanned by the
satellite’s camera is three times the size of Moscow and it is
ringed by wide boulevards, one inside the other and linked
together by smaller avenues, like the spokes of a cartwheel.
The temples must have been huge. Most are in ruins, as though
crumbled by a tremendous Marsquake. But some still support
slate-grey domes that measure two to four miles in diameter. The
Soviet Union will never admit to this incredible discovery
because it would reveal too much of their technological
End of the story? No, not quite. On February 4, 1985, the
Melbourne, Australia, Age reported the belief of thirty U.S.
scientists that two photographs sent back from Mars in 1976 by
the Viking spacecraft indicate the existence of an ancient
Richard Hoagland, science writer and member of the group of
scientists known as the Mars Investigation Group, said the
photos show what appear to be four huge pyramids lined up
symmetrically with a face.
Dr. C. West Churchman, a professor at the University of
California at Berkeley, said there are too many details pointing
to the possibility of an extinct habitation on Mars.
What then, I ask, is the real truth about our past? Have we been
to Mars before?
Anthony Roberts, Sowers of Thunder. London: Rider and Company,
1978, p. vii.
2) A passage in the Mahabharata.
Tr. By E.R. Rice. New York: Oxford, 1934. Quoted by James
Churchward in The Children of Mu. New York: Ives washburn, 1956,
3) The Surya Siddhanta. See Andrew
Tomas, We Are Not the First. London: Sphere, 1971, p. 149.
4) A passage in the Mahabharata.
Tr. By E.R. Rice. New York: Oxford, 1934.
6) The ancient Samsaptakabadha.
7) The Puranas.
A seal cylinder depicting Etana
flying on an eagle’s back between the sun and the moon is in the
Tomas, We Are Not the First, p. 146.
10) Ibid., p. 47.
11) The Collection of Old Tales, a Chinese
work compiled in the fourth century, from ancient sources.
12) Tomas, We Are Not the First, pp. 148-149.