Myths & Legends

All over the world there are extraordinary stories—stories that once upon a time were believed to be true but are today limited to the sphere of ancient myths and legends. The question remains, are those myths and legends stories something that existed in the minds of our ancestors, or were they based on true events? It is true that most of those ancient myths and legends stories appear to the scientific world as fictitious products of vivid imaginations whose goals were purely to explain phenomena beyond their comprehension. Yet is it not arrogant to accuse our ancestors of being uncivilised and ignorant in one breath, then offer them praise and admiration over their monuments, buildings, art, sculptures, and societies in the next? This only proves that our modern society has two contradictory attitudes toward our past.

In this section we will explore some of the most amazing myths and legends from around the world—legends that may hold truths that can unlock the secrets of our ancient origins.

THE DISC OF LIFE in Ancient Texts

The Disc of Life in Ancient Texts

In 1988 Lana Corrine Cantrell wrote 'The Greatest Story Never Told', a book that combined multiple ancient culture histories turned-into-myth as one story – the story of our ancient off-world...
The Anasazi

The Enigma of the Anasazi

The word Anasazi belongs to the Navajo language and means "the ancient ones". This tribe is thought to have flourished and mysteriously disappeared between 550 and 1300 CE in the area of Mesa Verde...
Aerial Ships and Nuclear Weaponry in the Sanskrit Texts

Aerial Ships, Nuclear Weaponry & Infinite Universes in the Sanskrit Texts

VIMANAS is India’s ancient relationship with UFOs & ETs. The Sanskrit word VIMANA is defined as 'measuring out, traversing; a car or chariot of the gods, any mythical self-moving aerial car.' The...
Chinese Flood Myth - Gun Hu

Gun-Yu and the Chinese Flood Myth

Watery chaos is nothing new to creation—or re-creation—mythology, as in the case of the Great Flood. This tale has been recounted by numerous civilizations and religions, causing supporters to cite...
Harvesting - Aliens

The ETs, the Harvesting of Souls & the Sanskrit Texts

In the March 27, 2013 post on Ancient Origins website, William Bramley author of 'Gods of Eden' has said : "Based upon some of the Ancient Astronaut evidence, the Great Flood legend, and the UFO...
Zeus and Poseidon

The Mighty Gods Zeus & Poseidon

The Greek gods had much in common with Sumerian deities. Zeus was the Greek equivalent of Enlil (later Ammon), Babylonian God of Heaven and Earth. Poseidon was the Greek equivalent of Oannes , the...
Daedalus and Icarus

Daedalus and Icarus - Constructors of Flying machines?

Daedalus was a great and respected architect, inventor and sculptor, and descendant of the royal family of Cecrops , the founder and first king of Athens. Half man and half snake (or dragon), Cecrops...
Perseus - Greek Mythology

Perseus: Powerful Demigod wth Mighty Weapons

The story of Perseus is adventurous, as indeed befits a demigod. His grandfather was the king of Argos, Acrisius , who with his wife, Eurydice, had a daughter Danae . But Acrisius wanted a son. He...
Mount Meru

Mount Meru – Hell and Paradise on One Mountain

Mount Meru (or Sumeru, or Shumisen) is a huge, sacred golden mountain in the centre of our universe which supports the heavens and passes through the centre of the Earth—or at least this is what the...
Legendary Kraken

The Legendary Kraken

According to the Scandinavian mythology, the Kraken is a giant sea creature (said to be 1 mile long) that attacks ships and is generally described as an octopus or squid. According to some tales, the...
Australian Aboriginals Creation Myth

Australian Aboriginals - Creation Myth

At the beginning it was only darkness and a bare land… The Aborigines of Australia are considered one of the oldest surviving cultures in the world. Many different creation stories exist among the...
Minotauros

The Myth of the Minotaur

One of the most intriguing myths of ancient Greece is the myth of the Minotaur on the island of Crete . King Minos was one of the three sons born to Zeus and Europa. When their step-father, King...
King Minos

King Minos of Crete

The most important king of the Cretan civilization was King Minos, for whom the civilization was named. Minos ruled during the peak of the Minoan civilization, and the city of Knossos was the largest...
Timaeus and Critias

Atlantis

A lost continent that may have existed many thousands of years ago and has become the topic of numerous studies, books and movies, is still to be found: the lost continent of Atlantis. The legend of...
The City of Caesars

The City of Caesars

The City of Caesars is a mythical city that is said to have to existed in Patagonia, in between present-day Chile and Argentina. According to the legends, it was a city rich with gold and diamonds,...
The story of Jonah

The story of Jonah

One of the many peculiar stories of the Bible is the story of Jonah and the Whale . The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because...

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