Magicians of the Gods: Survivors of an advanced civilization destroyed by global cataclysms 


Randall Carlson and Graham Hancock joined Joe Rogan on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast to discuss Magicians of the Gods, Hancock’s sequel to his multi-million bestseller, Fingerprints of the Gods. Magicians of the Gods further investigates the mysteries of our past and the evidence of an advanced civilization destroyed by global cataclysms.

Approaching the end of the last Ice Age, about 12,800 years ago, a massive comet entered our solar system from the depths of space. The comet broke into various fragments and some of those fragments smashed into our planet causing a global cataclysm that parallels the extinction of the dinosaurs.

A portion of these comet fragments hit the North American ice cap and other fragments hit the European ice cap. The impacts of these fragments approaching Earth at 60,000 miles an hour generated massive amounts of heat that instantly melted millions of square kilometers of ice, which destabilized the Earth’s crust and caused a global deluge. Evidence of this event can be seen in the large ripples visible in the Camas Prairie and the massive boulders that were carried by glaciers known as glacial erratics.

Another series of comet impacts that were equally destructive caused further cataclysmic flooding 11,600 years ago, which is the exact date that Plato gives for the destruction and submergence of Atlantis.

The ancients created accounts of this deluge that are reflected in various mythologies such as the Epic of Gilgamesh. These accounts were adapted and adopted into other religions, which is why the Abrahamic tale of Noah’s Ark resembles other flood myths that predate it. These flood myths should not be dismissed too quickly. Tales of sea risings have been told accurately for 10,000 years and could act as linguistic repositories of factual information.[1]

What happened in North America 12,800 and 11,600 years ago is so important,” Hancock says.

That period stands right in the foundations of what we think of as the beginning, the origins of civilization and yet mainstream archeology and historians have not taken it into account and I don’t blame them for that. This is new information. This is new science,” he continues.

Hancock and Carlson believe an advanced civilization that prospered during the Ice Age was destroyed by these two global cataclysms between 12,000 and 11,600 years ago.

The survivors of these global cataclysms became known as the sages and magicians and were responsible for creating the deluge accounts and reseeding civilization with comparatively advanced understanding such as the knowledge of celestial bodies. Survivors settled at key locations like Baalbek in the Lebanon, Giza in Egypt, ancient Sumer, Mexico, Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, and Peru.

Rogan questions whether or not the hypothesis of Hancock and Carlson has been refuted or adopted by mainstream academia to which Hancock states that every major criticism of the hypothesis has been refuted and that evidence for the hypothesis continues to emerge. The three conclude that academia is often slow to accept alternative theories and hypotheses due to emotional investments and fears of losing academic credibility.

Interestingly, Carlson goes on to explain how Masonic symbolism mirrors the hypothesis in its symbolism which often depicts comets, celestial bodies, and Noah’s Ark.

Listen to the interview here.

Sammy R. LaPoint

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