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VIMANAS OF ANCIENT INDIA

In the Vedic literature of India, there are many descriptions of flying machines that are generally called vimanas. These fall into two cate- gories: (l) manmade craft that resemble airplanes and fly with the aid of birdlike wings, and (2) unstreamlined structures that fly in a mysterious manner and are generally not made by human beings. The machines in category (l) are described mainly in medieval, secular Sanskrit works dealing with architecture, automata, military siege engines, and other mechanical contrivances. Those in category (2) are described in ancient works such as the Rg Veda, the Maha-bha-rata, the Rama-yana, and the Pura-nas, and they have many features reminis- cent of UFOs.

> Ancient Indian Anti-Grav Craft
> The Story of the Vimanas
> Vimana II
> Vimanas - Ancient Aircraft

 

 
<<< A close-up of the upper left section of the painting shows an object in the sky, and below, a man and dog looking at the object
Further enlargement shows an oval or discoid craft with radiating gold spikes of light painted around its perimeter. In other words, what today would be called a UFO. >>>

UFO'S IN 15TH CENTURY ART

From UFO Briefing Document, Don Berliner
Painting of the Madonna and Saint Giovannino, in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, attrbuted to the 15th Century school of filippo Lippi. Photographs courtesy of CUFOS

 

 

In the painting below (upper-left area), there is an hat-shaped object floating in the air.  Date and source not available.

MEDIEVAL TAPESTRY DEPICTING THE LIFE OF THE VIRGIN MARY

 

 

THE DOGON TRIBE OF AFRICA

"Several specialists now claim they have found the long-sought "final evidence" of visits made to earth by ancient astronauts. The myths of the Dogon tribesmen of Mall, West Africa, contain astronomical knowledge which the native people could have neither learned by themselves nor guessed. Obviously, the researchers say, some more advanced civilization told them.  These fascinating Dogon legends speak of Jupiter's four moons and Saturn's rings, which were not seen by human beings until the invention of the telescope. They speak of the star Sirius and of a pair of invisible companions. One of them circles Sirius every fifty years, the legends declare, and is made of a metal that is the heaviest thing in the universe. Astronomers have discovered that such an object (called "Sirius-B") does exist but only the most sophisticated and sensitive instruments -- unavailable, of course, to the Dogons -- can detect it."
from The Sirius Mystery, by James Oberg 

> Dogon Cultural Information
> Dogon, by Loy Lawhon, from About.com
> Dogon, from Crystalinks
> Dogon Theory of Creation, from Crystalinks

SKEPTICAL VIEW

The Sirius Mystery
by James Oberg

"But here's the rub: there is no archaeological evidence that the specific references to the twin hidden companions of Sirius are anywhere near that old. Furthermore, most Dogon symbology already has multiple levels of meaning; the sketches used to illustrate the Sirius secrets are also used in puberty ceremonies. Clearly the Dogons (in common with many other cultures) were fascinated by Sirius, probably because its position in the sky was crucial to successful agriculture (it's the only star they have a name for.) Inevitably one must ask, if the Dogons had heard good stories about Sirius from other sources, would they ignore them or would they quickly adopt them into their own cultural myths?"
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THE DROPAS

"Chi Pu Tei, a professor of archaeology at Beijing University, was leading some his students on an expedition to survey a series of interlinking caves in the Himalyan mountains. According to one account, the caves may have been artificially carved, and were more like a complex system of tunnels and underground storerooms. The walls were squared and glazed, as if cut into the mountain with a source of extreme heat. Inside the caves were several ancient, but neatly arranged burial sites, and in them the skeletal remains of a strange people. The skeletons, measuring a little more than four feet tall, were frail and spindly with disproportionately large skulls."

> The Dropas Website
> The Dropas File
> The Dropa Stones, from Crystalinks
> The Dropa Stones, from About.com

 

 

 

ZECHARIA SITCHIN

Zecharia Sitchin was born in Russia and raised in Palestine, where he acquired a profound knowledge of modern and ancient Hebrew, other Semitic and European languages, the Old Testament, and the history and archeology of the Near East. He is one of the few scholars who is able to read and understand Sumerian.

The Earth Chronicles series of books is based on the premise that mythology is not fanciful but the repository of ancient memories.  The first book, The Twelfth Planet, refers to the probability that there is one more planet in our solar system. That there are twelve members, counting sun, moon and ten planets, not the nine we know of. That people from that planet came to earth almost half a million years ago and did many of the things about which we read in the Bible, in the book of Genesis.

> The Official Website of Zecharia Sitchin (??)
> Zecharia Sitchin, from Crystalinks
> Interview with Zecharia Sitchin
> Connecting the Missing Link - An Interview with Zecharia Sitchin

> The Case of the Missing Elephant by Zecharia Sitchin
> The Olmec Enigma: Astronaut Corroborates Sitchin by Zecharia Sitchin

 

 

ERICH VON DANIKEN

For over 30 years, Erich von Däniken has pursued the theory which postulates that Earth might have been visited by extraterrestrials in the remote past.

> Erich von Daniken Home Page
> Erich Von Daniken's Theory On Aliens
> Author sticks by ET theories

SKEPTICAL VIEW

Erich von Daniken's "Chariots of the Gods?":
Science or Charlatanism?
by Robert Sheaffer, first published in the "NICAP UFO Investigator", October/November, 1974
"the popularity of such a sensational theory should not be surprising. Immanuel Velikovsky created a similar stir almost twenty-five years ago with the publication of his "Worlds in Collision", suggesting that the present state of the solar system can be explained by a series of spectacular cataclysms among the planets. It has been over twenty-seven years since "flying saucers" burst into the public's awareness, and UFOs still continue to generate excitement and controversy. Sensational hypotheses such as these generate such levels of interest that they tend to become self-sustaining, quite apart from the question of whether they are true."

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NAZCA LINES OF PERU

The Nasca Lines are one of humanity's mysteries. They are located in the Pampa region of Peru.  They are the most outstanding group of geoglyphs in the world.  Etched in the surface of the desert pampa sand about 300 hundred figures made of straight lines, geometric shapes and pictures of animals and birds - and their patterns are only clearly visible from the air. They were built by a people called the Nasca- but why and how they created these wonders of the world has defied explanation.  In 1969, Erich von Daniken floated the idea that airborne extraterrestrials might have laid out the lines as runways for their aircraft.

> Nasca Lines, from Crystalinks
> The Nazca Lines - The Mystery Continues

 

 
 

Ancient Australian rock paintings of "Vondjina", the mouthless god of creation.  From 3000 B.C.

ANCIENT AUSTRALIAN ROCK PAINTINGS 

 

 
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ANCIENT CAVE PAINTING

This photo comes from a still shot off the recent History Channel special entitled "UFOs: Then and Now". It is an ancient cave drawing.

 

 
 

This picture details the events of August 7, 1566, in Basel, Switzerland. The spheres appeared at sunrise, 'Many became red and fiery, ending by being consumed and vanishing', wrote Samuel Coccius in the local newspaper on this date. A 16th century woodcutting depicts a scene in which dark spheres were witnessed hovering over the town of Basel, Switzerland in 1566.

16TH CENTURY EUROPEAN WOODCUTTING

 

 
 

This 14th century Fresco painting entitled 'The Crucifixion' depicts a man in some kind of craft looking back over his shoulder.  From Kosovo / Yugoslavia.

14TH CENTURY FRESCO PAINTING

 

 
 


"Baptism of Jesus" by Aert De Gelder in about 1710 AD. These are craft seen by many thousands of people today all around the world.

18TH CENTURY PAINTING
"Baptism of Jesus" by Aert De Gelder, 1710 A.D.

 

 
 

 


This one is from about 1486 AD by Carlo Crivelli called "The Annunciation" on display at the the National Gallery in London. An intense beam of light is going right through the building and onto the head of what we believe is Mary.

 

 

15TH CENTURY PAINTING
"The Annunciation" by Carlo Crivelli, 1486 A.D.

 

 
 

 


A plate from Nepal, the decoration show a saucer-like shape and a large headed humanoid.  From 3000 B.C.

 

ANCIENT PLATE FROM NEPAL

 

 

 

 

 


ANCIENT CAVE PAINTINGS FROM ALGERIA

AlgeriaIn Jabbaren, in the Tassili mountains, Algeria, south of the Hoggar. A 6m high character with a large round decorated head. The massive body, the strange dressing, the folds around the neck and on the chest suggest some ancient time astronaut. A similar character is painted at Sfar in the Tassili, in the Cabro caves in France and in several other places. Some of them are much smaller and raise their hands towards a giant being, of non human appearance, sometimes these "round heads" being seem to hover in the air.   From 6000 B.C.

 

 

 

UFO'S IN EUROPEAN ART

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