Was Ra an Asgard? Part 1
Updated: Nov 13, 2019
Post by Taylor Underwood--the Stargate Guy
Turning to the 1994 Stargate movie, we find out that an alien race came to Earth and was able to inhabit the bodies of humans. They then posed as ancient Egyptian gods such as Ra, Apophis, Hathor, Ba’al etc. Humans were taken from Earth several thousand years ago and spread out across the Milky Way to be slave labor and Jaffa for these Goa’uld masters.
The question is though, is Ra an Asgard? Well, not really no, but yet yes in a way. You see, the Goa’uld symbiote can inhabit multiple species such as Unas and not just Humans. The main attraction of Humans is that our bodies are easier for the Goa’uld to heal. Even cancer is not a big deal as we found out with Jacob Carter. Which makes me wonder if we should consider this another form of cancer treatment………nah!
Whenever a Goa’uld blends with a host, it is not always successful. If it was, there would be no need for Jaffa to incubate a juvenile symbiote in their pouch. This is only done to help ensure that the blending of Goa’uld and host works. In return the Jaffa get a longer life, strength, and vitality. On the down side, when they do not have a symbiote, they do not have an immune system and will slowly die. For the Goa’uld, their young are surrounded by host DNA while they mature thus allowing for more compatibility with a host species.
When Ra came to Earth initially, approximately 10,000 years ago, he would not of had human Jaffa, therefore the probability of successfully blending with a human was unknown. Before this point to our knowledge, the Goa’uld only blended with Unas, a species that developed on the same planet as the Goa’uld P3X-888. Although this species does possess more physical strength than humans, it appears that their cognitive ability is less developed then humans were 10,000 years ago.
As we see the unblended Unas today, they are living in caves. They have basic tool use, but no visible signs of agriculture. Since this was observed in modern times, it is unlikely that they were any more developed 10,000 years ago. Humans, like Unas, had societal groups language and basic tool use; however, humans developed a distinct advantage such as the cognitive ability to produce more advanced technology. Although Humans are not as physically strong as Unas, I theorize that the increased brain capacity, as indicated by the development of more tool use, agriculture and animal husbandry, and more easily fixable body, made humans a better host than the Unas.
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