But von Däniken's favorite body of evidence are the Mayan, Incan and other Central and South American sites of massive temples and pyramids. From the Mexican site of Palenque, von Däniken identifies a pictorial carving of a human sacrifice on an altar as a spaceman sitting in a space capsule. A picture of a priest in an elaborate headdress becomes for him an astronaut with a space helmet.
So this new Indiana Jones film taps into von Däniken's ideas, even the fascination with South American ruins, and identifies gods as space aliens. Gods are not divine, supernatural beings, but flesh-and-blood creatures (or rather flesh-and-crystal-skull beings) with advanced technology. It suggests we poor superstitious humans have mistaken technology for divinity.