The Church Of The Illuminated Monkey is based on the research of its founder, Dave Boles. Beginning his studies at an early age, Boles attempted to understand how the wide cultural and social chasm between the two fields of thought that are Creationism and Evolution came to guide both our civilization and society at large.

Being raised in the sixties with a deep Fundamentalist influence, and then indoctrination into the Catholic Church at a later age of youth, Boles began reading Buddhism, Zoroasterism, Jainism, Hinduism, Islam, as well as the beliefs of primitive peoples living long before these faiths, listening to countless stories, myths and fables handed down generation to generation. Whenever he could find books on this cultural separation Boles read anything he could find to further his understanding of the pivotal question; Creationism or Evolution. Finding huge gaps existing in both theories, he sought to explain archeological and anthropological finds that were in direct conflict with both arguments. Not to forget that strange little gap in evolutionary history; the Missing Link. Why was it no one could explain the “missing link”, much less find it, that man supposedly evolved from?

Boles continued his studies into adulthood and began searching in earnest to find an answer to the problems he encountered with both Creationism and Evolution in his youth, developing an almost obsessive study of both Theology and Theosophy. In his early twenties, he discovered the Enuma Elish, the ancient Sumerian creation story detailing the Anunnaki, the people of the 12th planet, which discusses the periodic return to our solar system of a large, red planet called Nibiru. 

Nibiru was home to a race of war-prone hominids referred to in ancient texts by either their earlier Sumerian name of Anunnaki, or their later Hebrew name of Nefilim. The Anunnaki are described as handsome, well developed human look-a-likes who are physically larger than humans and averaging 10-15 feet tall. They were technologically capable of interplanetary space travel when they first arrived on Earth nearly 450,00 years ago. Nibiru was identified as the 12th Planet by the ancients because it is a member of our solar system (ancients included the Moon and Sun as planets). However, unlike the other planets in our solar system which are in a singular orbit around the sun, Nibiru is in a binary orbit between two suns; our sun and another cold, unlit sun, far out in our galaxy. Nibiru returns to our solar system approximately every 3,600 years and is sometimes referred to as the red comet or red star in some ancient texts. The 3,600-year periodic cycle of Nibiru is called a Shar, or Sar, by Sumerian historians. While a single shar occupies a time span of a little more than 3,600 years on Earth, it is equivalent to one year on the planet Nibiru. All told, ancient Sumerian clay tablets and cylinder seals record a total period of occupation/visitation by the Anunnaki of over 124 Shar's (446,400 earth years). 

Boles discovered compelling historical evidence that the Anunnaki actively participated in the affairs of mankind up to the final destruction of the great city of Sumer in Mesopotamia, about 2,000BC. According to Sumerian texts, the Anunnaki's original objective in coming to Earth was to mine for Gold; an element they atomically dispersed into their atmosphere in order to prevent Nibiru’s core-produced heat from dissipating excessively into space. Since 99% of Nibiru's orbital cycle is too far from our sun to benefit from its heat, it has to retain its internally generated heat in order to survive. The Anunnaki first extracted gold from the waters of the Persian Gulf area, but later switched to land mining in South Africa and other locations due to the greater abundance of gold ore found there. There are many stories that the Anunnaki had access to a plant (or tree), native to Nibiru, that prevents normal aging and bodily deterioration. Sumerian texts referred to it as the Tree of Life. Later, the Bible referred to it as Knowledge of The Tree of Life, in the Garden of Eden story. Only Anunnaki royalty had privileged access to the Tree of Life (also sometimes referred to as Ambrosiac in Sumerian texts). They absorbed this substance into their bodies by taking baths soaked with this life-extending plant. This special bath water is the origin of the story of The Fountain of Youth. Because of this life-extending plant, Anunnaki royalty enjoyed extremely long lives. There are many references in ancient texts that reveal that some members of the highest echelons of the royal pantheon participated intermittently throughout the entire 446,000 years of the Anunnaki's occupation of Earth. 

The last time the 12th Planet passed by Earth was during the time of the Exodus from Egypt. In fact, the upheavals, cataclysms, and fear generated by the near passage of the 12th Planet allowed the Israeli slaves the opportunity to escape from the grip of Pharaoh's troops who had become completely overwhelmed by panic and confusion. Red dust (iron oxide), along with larger chunks of debris traveling in the trailing wake of the fast moving 12th Planet, rained down onto the Earth's atmosphere during a close passage, accounting for the Biblical account of the rivers running red with blood. The Bible, along with other cultural stories, also refers to fierce lighting storms and the red particle debris "reddening the face of men”. The nearing passage of planet Nibiru created an electrical/magnetic storm of an intensity which only occurs during a close passage of the 12th Planet when it reacts with carbon materials thrown into the atmosphere by volcanic action. This produces a type of sticky carbohydrate substance in the atmosphere. In some areas, this substance precipitates to the ground and is available as food. When the substance falls on water, it appears whitish in color. Called Ambrosia in ancient texts (Greek), or Manna (in other texts), this carbohydrate material is the biblical reference to milk and honey ("Unto a land flowing with milk and honey". Exodus 33:3). 


Boles continued on with his studies, comparing ancient texts and cultural stories/myths from around the globe and throughout the histories of man. In so doing he discovered the universal story of the “great flood” and the universal teachings that society can only advance through war. Ultimately, it was discovered that in the end, war would terminate societies. Boles also discovered the obvious revelation when genetic comparisons came about that not only are we all closely interrelated, but there is a series of genes within some humans that do not correspond to our gene pool at all. In fact, it is nowhere to be found on earth at all. Where did this alien DNA come from and why do only a few humans have it?

Gathering this information together he began to look at his youthful debates of Creationism versus Evolution in a new light. What if the academics of old totally missed the mark with Man evolving from the Apes? There was a bit of scientific evidence to prove such a theory, yet those theories had many holes in them that could not be explained. Similarly, what if the early religious scholars had equally missed the mark by stating Man was created by God, with the Earth and the Universe created in its entirety within seven days (six if you do not count the day of rest). Looking at the cultural stories, myths, and writings in chronological order, Boles found that they all supported one another. In fact, they sprang from one another, each culture embellishing the other cultures stories and myths to fit their own needs. What if the Enuma Elish, the oldest of all written stories, was right, and all that followed were advanced adaptations of this one story that grew and morphed into the many vast and distinct cultural stories and myths that we have today? What if we have been searching for something that was right in front of our eyes all along? Perhaps we did not evolve from apes; perhaps we gained consciousness and enlightenment from them.

There are many cultures that hold monkey's as a central figure in their religious writings. Writings detailing the deeds of the warrior monkey Hanuman, one of the central characters of the Indian epic Ramayana, are greatly written of and are found extensively in oral stories describing a hero monkey.

Sun Wukong, also known as the Baboon King, is a mythological figure who features in a body of legends that can be traced back to the Song dynasty. He appears as a main character in the 16th century Chinese classical novel Journey to the West, and is found in many later stories and adaptations.

There are also stories of the monkey gods
 Sarugami (ja) of Japan, often depicted as evil deities, as in the tales of Shippeitaro. In the Classic Maya writings Hun-Chowen, one of the two stepbrothers of the Hero Twins (the other being Hun-Batz), is depicted as a howler monkey. Along with his brother, he is the patron god of artists and writers, especially of the scribes and sculptors.

In recent times, 2015, there was an excavation in Honduras (which is still ongoing) of a lost culture's city. The archeological team was led to the remote, uninhabited jungle by centuries old oral stories of a "White City" which was referred to in the legends of the region and the "City of the Monkey God." Using a combination of modern day Lidar, together with these oral stories, the "City of the Monkey God" and many more like them, are being located around the globe within nearly all cultures.

Boles gathered together these stories as stories of The Illuminated Monkey, a creature that has continued to survive the eons of time through the knowledge given to him by the "Gods" or rather, the Anunnaki. The Illuminated Monkey watches humanity stumble their way through time as he watches them confuse a brief spec in the grand nature of us all as "life". The Monkey has also seen the many wars man has created and the ultimate destruction they bring. Through it all he watches it unfold with psychedelic flavor.

Terence McKenna argued in his ground breaking book Food of the Gods (1992), that what enabled Homo erectus to evolve into Homo sapiens was its encounter with magic mushrooms and psilocybin, the psychedelic compound within them, on that evolutionary journey. He called this the Stoned Ape Hypothesis. At first dismissed as a radical theory, it showed renewed interest in a symposium in 2017 and is now actively being studied as a viable theory of evolutionary change.

So, given all of this, the concept of an Illuminated Monkey is not as strange as it might seem. In studying numerous religions both modern and ancient, Boles discovered a common thread that ran through them all. Many modern religions require exacting steps in order to attain salvation of the soul. Churches compile a complex set of rules that define your behavior, of which, not surprisingly, many of these rules including tithing and supporting the church as tantamount to saving their followers soul.

In analyzing the texts of long forgotten religions, Boles did not find these rules of modern religions, and support for their churches, but instead found a much simpler view of life. He noticed that the attainment of joy within the community the individual belonged to was a remarkably simple task that began with the individual and was the individuals task to obtain. Boles took this knowledge and distilled it down to its base act. How do you attain joy in life? Be A Good Human. How do you become a good human? Simply be one.

There is no formal building, or Church, for The Church Of The Illuminated Monkey. There is no need to gather together at set times to express devotion, or to ask for salvation, or to even repent your sins. All that is necessary is to understand that man has destroyed himself many times over throughout history. The Illuminated Monkey has given us knowledge to end our continuing cycle of destruction. BE GOOD HUMANS. It's as simple as that. It's up to us if we are to change the direction of man's evolution from one of war and destruction to one of living in harmony with the planet we all inhabit, and all life on it.

Take a leap. Be the Monkey. It's not that difficult.