I first read this theory as a series of newspaper articles some forty years ago, conveniently released at the height of public interest in America's moon landings. The basic idea is very simple but deeply profound. According to Erich von Daniken, the all-powerful immortal Gods of ancient legend, were in fact the captain and crew of an interstellar starship; which visited this planet some 10,000 years ago. Using the technology available to any advanced race capable of intergalactic space travel, these very humanlike 'Gods from the Heavens' then proceeded to colonise this planet and possibly another within this solar system, with a view to permanent settlement. As this colonization programme involved large amounts of hard physical work; genetic science was employed to create a hybrid species capable of intellegent labour, Mankind! who were then deployed as workers to the farms, mines etc... in a form of sacred slavery. The produce of these enterprises being collected as tribute/sacrifices for use by the Gods.
At this point Von Daniken's theory tends to peter out, and some of his 'evidence' has since been shown to be disputable; but the writings of Zecharia Sitchin, translator/researcher of the ancient Sumerian culture; develops Von Daniken's ideas with revelations from that earliest recorded human society which; if accurate, are both amazing and highly plausable!
According to the Sumerian historical/religious record as translated by Mr Sitchin; the major problem which arose in due course, was that some of the Gods were sexually atracted to 'the daughters of men'. The resulting semi-divine children were not as content with their place in the social hierarchy as were their fully human relatives. Often motivated by desire for the same 'eternal life' as enjoyed by their Godly sires; the most daring of these Titanic offspring attempted to steal both this, and other 'Sacred Wisdom's', for their own and mankind's benefit.
The result of this challenge to their supremacy was a clash between Gods and Men which developed into an all out war, fought both in the Heavens and on Earth, with awesome weapons; the Gods hurled thunderbolts which destroyed cities, whilst plagues decimated human populations. Ultimately a great mountain(an asteroid?) was hurled down upon the Earth; triggering the flood of Biblical legend which swept all away, and left the few surviving humans as masters of a devastated world.
As is always the way with pioneering achievements, Erich von Daniken's writings include some points which have since been shown to be wrong; but the basic message seems to have become more rather than less probable over these last forty years.
Bearing in mind that the ancient Sumerian city of Ur was the birthplace of Abraham, patriarch of the Hebrew tribes, whose Jewish religion formed the basis of first Christianity and later the Islamic faith; it is a relatively simple matter to show that these three major world faiths all have their origins in the religious legends of ancient Sumeria. If these ancient legends are actually based on real events, as the Sumerians, ancient Egyptians and Babylonians amongst others firmly believed them to be; the modernday dispute between 'scientific evolutionists' and 'religious creationists' becomes meaningless. A further benefit is that with an understanding of what the deeper message contained within religion really was, any modernday conflict based upon interfaith rivalry should also become pointless.
In concluding this review; I suggest that the ideas contained within this DVD, may one day be held in as high esteem as those of other great thinkers such as Copernicus, Galileo and Darwin, who were all ridiculed in their own times.