Large geoglyphs in the surface of the New Mexican desert have been discovered by an Albuquerque news channel.
[Image: KRQE-TV/Washington Post].
Turns out, the glyphs mark the location of a subterranean archive-complex “built into a mountainside” by the Church of Scientology.
The futuristic archive “was constructed to protect the works of L. Ron Hubbard, the late science-fiction writer who founded the church in the 1950s. (…) The archiving project, which the church has acknowledged, includes engraving Hubbard’s writings on stainless steel tablets and encasing them in titanium capsules.” Ironically, this is exactly what I’ve been doing with my old BLDGBLOG posts…
From the Washington Post: “‘Buried deep in these New Mexico hills in steel-lined tunnels, said to be able to survive a nuclear blast, is what Scientology considers the future of mankind,’ ABC’s Tom Jarriel said in his report. ‘Seen here for the first time [are] thousands of metal records, stored in heat-resistant titanium boxes and playable on a solar-powered turntable, all containing the beliefs of Scientology’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard.'”
But the deep desert glyphs may not only be geographical markers: “Former Scientologists familiar with Hubbard’s teachings on reincarnation say the symbol marks a ‘return point’ so loyal staff members know where they can find the founder’s works when they travel here in the future from other places in the universe. ‘As a lifetime staff member, you sign a billion-year contract. It’s not just symbolic,’ said Bruce Hines of Denver, who spent 30 years in Scientology but is now critical of it… ‘The fact that they would etch this into the desert to be seen from space, it fits into the whole ideology.'”
(With thanks to Javier Arbona for the tip!).