intelligence then percolated through. I also met Mr Daniken during that periodof time when he had come to visit Kolkata University. Authors like Erich vonDäniken claim that Earth was visited by extraterrestrials and that some sort of genetic engineering was performed by these ancient astronauts. That they created or changed the human race. For over
0 years, Erich von Däniken haspursued the theory which postulates that Earth might have been visited by extraterrestrials in the remote past. Erich von Däniken has become famous foran infamous idea: that the origins of human culture lie not simply in evolution,but in the influence of extraterrestrial beings. Beginning with his first book,´Chariots of the Godsµ, he has argued that the artifacts of ancient culturesshow evidence of these visitors, who were sometimes viewed by humans asgods.He referred to ancient Inca, Aztec, Egyptian and even Indian holy writings togather proof for his theory. In the Vedic literature of India, there are many descriptions of flying machines that are generally called vimanas. These fallinto two categories: (l) manmade craft that resemble airplanes and fly with theaid of birdlike wings, and (2) complex structures that fly in a mysteriousmanner and are generally not made by human beings. The machines incategory (l) are described mainly in medieval, secular Sanskrit works dealingwith architecture, military siege engines, and other mechanical contrivances. Those in category (2) are described in ancient works such as the Rig Veda, theMahabharata, the Ramayana, and the Puranas, and they have many featuresanalogous of UFOs. I remember reading in the book Chariots of fire that theBuddhist has a clear cut concept on extra terrestrial visit. In their holy scripture there is a mention of God coming in from the heaven in a ball of fireand emerging from that ball.Cradled in South Africa's Krueger National Park lies a private game reservecalled Timbavati. This emerald jewel of the African bush is almost mythical inreputation. White lions are born in here, it is said. "A long story is told about achieftainess called Numbi," Elder Credo recounts. "Many generations ago, sheand her people saw a burning white light like a star fall out of the sky rightwhere Timbavati is today. The story is that it was not a star; it was a shiningball of metal, brighter than the Sun. When this ball came down to the ground,Queen Numbi, who was a sick old woman at that time, went towards the lightand was swallowed by the light. In that light, very faintly seen, were strangebeings with very large heads. These beings received Numbi into the light, andfor some hours she was inside. When she emerged and walked toward herpeople; she had become much younger than when she had gone into the light.