Into the Weird: Inhuman Offspring

Introduction

One of the most common recurring themes in all of fiction is that of the inhuman human offspring. The idea that non-human entities, be they spirits, gods, aliens or monsters, might find a way to cross-breed themselves with human kind stretches back to the ancient world. Mythologies the world over are replete with stories of angels, gods, and spirits reproducing with mankind often with disastrous or grandiose results.

This concept has been used and reused in modern fiction and popular culture but its prevalence all throughout human history leaves some wondering if there might be some hidden truth behind it all. In this installment of Into the Weird I will explore the various forms this idea has taken across the centuries, from Hercules to alien chest-bursters and beyond.

Disclaimer: This hub will be fairly scatterbrained and informal in format so enjoy it for what it is. It also contains some mention of sex and sexual situations, obviously.

To Boldly Get it On

Many of the earliest science fiction films to feature alien creatures depicted them not as bizarre alien lifeforms or monsters but as people like us. Budget constraints are a likely part of this equation, especially when it comes to B-movies and television programs like the original Star Trek. If created today Spock might well have been a five foot tall green-skinned goblin done entirely in CGI rather than just an ordinary man with pointed ears and way too much make-up.

In Star Trek humanoids are quite common mainly because the series' mythology tells us that sentient life was seeded across multiple star systems by a progenitor alien race that was humanoid as well. This race's genetic information helped guide evolution in the direction of sentient, often humanoid, life. Sounding very familiar indeed to the claims of ancient astronaut believers and the movie Prometheus Star Trek provides us a plausible reason (within its own fictional Universe mind you) why Vulcans and humans (for example) can reproduce with one another.

In reality the idea that alien life would evolve to look like us is, at best, an inference based on our own planet. It is assumed that on planets similar to Earth in atmosphere, temperature and gravity life might arise just as it did here, through natural processes, and evolve to a state similar to our own. However this is mere speculation as we have only our own example to go on. It may be that we are right and Earth-like planets (or M Class planets as they are known in Star Trek) are the most conducive to producing life. It may however, turn out to be that life was lucky to evolve here and there are actually planets with vastly different conditions which are far more facilitative of the emergence and evolution of life.

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The fact is that we simply don't know. We like to think, especially us men, that the stars are populated by people like us and specifically by women like those of Earth. Perhaps it is anthropocentric conceit, narcissism or a lack of imagination but whatever it is it seems that human beings are very VERY compatible with alien lifeforms. Unfortunately that's not always a good thing.

"You know what guys, I think I get cole slaw and hushpuppies with these" - MST3K
"You know what guys, I think I get cole slaw and hushpuppies with these" - MST3K

The Monsters Within

There is, of course, a dark side to the taboo relationships mankind has carried on with inhuman visitors. It's not all traveling the stars sleeping with alien babes, there are those intrusions of inhuman sexuality that are less than consensual or result in very unsettling offspring. The most iconic and recognizable example is, of course, the masterpiece of a monster movie that is ALIEN but the concept goes back way farther than face-huggers.

In movie form the idea of being impregnated by an alien is a very old one. The oldest example in film that I've come across is from an old B-Movie made by legendary filmmaker Roger Corman called Night of the Blood Beast. In the film an astronaut sent into orbit crash-lands back on Earth in a comatose state and is recovered by his colleagues. While attempting to revive their friend the scientists discover that a magnetic disturbance (read as EMP) has disrupted communications with the outside world. The group is being stalked by an alien monster and to make matters worse when their astronaut is finally revived he finds he is carrying a litter of alien fetuses inside him.

Monster from Humanoids From the Deep
Monster from Humanoids From the Deep
"Gargoyle" from Terror Within
"Gargoyle" from Terror Within

Corman appears to have spent much of his career obsessed with the idea of human beings hosting the young of aliens and monsters. One of his cult-classics, Humanoids from the Deep, features a group of mutated fish-monsters obsessed with trying to reproduce with young women from a fishing town. Another, Terror Within, features wingless hideous “gargoyles” with the same basic intention only this time in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where they have apparently overrun the human race. In one of his more famous films, Galaxy of Terror, the intrusive alien force is actually created by the mind of its attacker, given life as a giant maggot with writhing tentacles symbolizing some phallic sexual fear.

Yet another maggot is born to a regretful Mother in Croenenberg's film The Fly, though it is only part of a dream sequence.

These themes tend to prey upon both male and female fears and sentiments about sex. The idea of something foreign threatening our way of life and trying to rape our women is a primitive insecurity these movies project on their male characters only instead of Vikings, pirate, or barbarian hordes they are faced with monsters from beyond the stars or from the depths of the oceans.

Despite DNA testing confirming it has two human parents, believers still say the "Star Child" skull is proof of alien-human hybrids.
Despite DNA testing confirming it has two human parents, believers still say the "Star Child" skull is proof of alien-human hybrids.

Alien Hybrids

For most of us the idea of alien beings procreating with people is merely fictional but there are some who believe that it is really happening to our species. In fact there are thousands of people all over the world who claim to have been hosts or sperm donors for the alien hybridization program. Taken in their sleep by otherworldly forces these defenseless people are then used against their will to create a new form of alien infiltrator, something too human to be noticed walking among us.

Thousands of years ago this sort of thing was reported all the time but as demonic rather than alien. The incubus was a spirit or demon that assaulted or seduced women usually while they were asleep. It was a matter of debate whether pregnancy could ever truly occur from these attacks but the attacks were investigated and reported for centuries nonetheless.

Fauns and Satyrs, both of whom are typically depicted looking a bit like our modern conception of Satan, were also said to sometimes seduce women and were, in a sense, to the forests what Sirens and mermaids were to the open sea. Wanderers might find themselves seduced by something less than human lest they be careful.

In the apocrypha that was cast out of the Bible it is claimed that Fallen Angels created a race of giants when they took human wives and fell from grace. These giants, or Nephilim as they are called in Genesis, are claimed to have been the main reason God needed to bring the Flood (in the book of Enoch). Some believers today equate these giants with alien encounters.

For many modern day believers the medieval reports of the Succubus and Incubus fraternizing with or forcing their affections upon human beings are in fact reports of extraterrestrials from the distant past. Or, if you're of a more religious mind, the reports of aliens forming hybrids today are actually misinterpreted demonic encounters. Either way we have an issue on our hands, someone is breeding an army that looks human but most certainly is not.

The Alien Anti-Christ?

Religion and pseudoscience don't always have a cozy relationship but many facets of organized religion are now letting in elements of New Age and other beliefs. A spokesperson for the Vatican has even offered to baptize an alien if one ever turns up. All of this leaves some conspiracy theorists in a tizzy as they prepare to watch the powers that be usher in their always-just-around-the-corner New World Order. For end times believers this all makes sense, the New World Order will be the government of the legendary Anti-Christ.

So who better to give birth to the anti-Christ than an alien? Or maybe the anti-Christ IS an alien! The various theories surrounding the idea of an alien or demonic hybrid being part of the end of the world number in the dozens. Some say a false flag alien invasion will usher in world government, others say the demonic aliens will reveal themselves peacefully in a Twilight Zone-esque ruse.

Needless to say to those who claim to have directly been abducted by these beings the phenomenon is very real. While I in no way personally believe any of this stuff I think its important not to be too mean-spirited when dealing with these sorts of beliefs, as silly as they may seem to the rest of us. But still sometimes you have to stand in awe of just how bizarre human beliefs can be.

In this third century Mosaic Zeus seduces Leda... believe it or not this is the version with the LEAST amount of nudity I could find... dirty minded artists ;)
In this third century Mosaic Zeus seduces Leda... believe it or not this is the version with the LEAST amount of nudity I could find... dirty minded artists ;) | Source

Hercules Vs Jesus: Clash of the Half-Human Heroes

Never mind the eminent end of days folks because we have a slew of heroes from our mythologies that are also born of the bond between human and, well, non-human. Two of the most famous half-gods are Hercules and Jesus. Hercules is mainly famous for his abilities in battle and his legendary feats none of which include healing anyone miraculously or claiming to be savior to all mankind. Jesus on the other hand is less about brawn and more about helping the needy (but don't tell the Republicans that).

Both Hercules and Jesus are said to have had a miraculous birth. Hercules is the son of Zeus, Zeus who often took human form, but also sometimes seduced women in the form of a swan. Jesus' origin is far harder to pin down as it's a matter of some debate amongst his followers. While most believers in modern times claim that Jesus IS God and is also the son of God at the same time that belief was not always mainstream. Jesus was once seen as lesser than God, merely his son, and not fully divine.

Jesus birth was ordained by God to a woman (and by woman I mean teenager) named Mary who was married to a man named Joseph who was part of the lineage of King David. All of this was done simply to preserve some ancient prophecy. While the Bible does not really go into detail we can hopefully assume that God ALSO took the form of some feathered fowl, possibly a dove seeing as how the Bible says it was the Holy Spirit who knocked her up.

One thing that they shared in common besides their divine origins seems to have been their tools of the trade. Here's Hercules using a big stick to overcome the Hydra.

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Now here's some fourth century artwork showing Jesus using a stick to perform miracles, such as raising the dead.

Yes you are seeing that correctly, in ancient Christian artwork it is widely depicted that JESUS USED A MAGIC WAND to carry out miracles. Rarely do you ever see modern day faith healers using staffs or wands... say, maybe THAT'S why the miracles have all dried up.

Conclusions

So where does all of this leave us? Are human beings being visited by aliens from beyond the stars, demons from the pits of Hell or merely being haunted by our own overactive imaginations? One thing is for sure the world is filled with pseudoscience, mythology and folklore. There is so much more to get lost in, if you're not afraid to journey once more Into the Weird. Thanks for reading!

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Austinstar 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Strange things exist. This is a given. Whether it is because we cannot imagine it or because we are just too afraid to imagine it is the question.


Lybrah 2 years ago

I really enjoyed this hub. I do not think it was scatterbrained, like you said in the beginning. It is always important to remember, though, that God created us in His image. There are no aliens. As for the nephilim (you mentioned), I wrote an interesting piece about them. You can read it here: http://www.bubblews.com/news/1923401-michael-jacks...


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Titen-Sxull 2 years ago from back in the lab again Author

"There are no aliens"

So let's get this straight, you believe in an all powerful and limitless God who has created a vast cosmos filled with a billion billion Galaxies. Yet you think mankind is ALONE in this cosmos, that God created it what, just for show? Trillions of planets out there and a creative God who can speak things into existence and you don't think he's bothered to put intelligent life on any of those other planets?

I will never understand why so many believers put such narrow-minded limits on a God that they claim has no limits and can do anything.

And please remember that I've debunked the idea that God created human beings in his own image in a previous hub. Unless you're prepared to admit that God is an ape. None of the biological physical characteristics of human beings make any sense when applied to a God who has no parents and no origin.

Teeth. Mammary glands. Reproductive organs. A Spine. Four limbs. Hair. None of those basic features make any sense if God has them, none of them are solely human either. In fact human beings have almost no features which are solely human, as far as our "image" goes.


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Austinstar 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Some people have no imagination. They can only believe in what they have been told to believe. Speculation isn't one of their powers.


Lybrah 2 years ago

Oh, but I have quite a bit of an imagination. If you read my other hubs and Bubblews posts, you'd see that. Being a follower of Christ does not mean that I have no imagination!

Yes, I believe we are alone. It does not make sense that God would create humans, then send His son to die for our sins, and then have other beings on other planets. Do they have to accept Jesus too? Do they have to be saved? I truly believe that we are God's one and only creation, and that He loves us beyond what we can imagine. I do not think He would have another fold out there somewhere, although He did create the angels. There is a reason why we haven't found any signs of life on any of the other planets in our solar system. NONE of them can support life. I believe that is the case for all other planets. We are God's one and only.

You have no idea what God looks like? Of course, NO ONE can look at God and live to tell about it, but He specifically said, "Let us create man in our image." Who He was speaking to, we don't exactly know. God is timeless; He never had a starting point, nor does he have an endpoint. Time does not exist for God. That is why we don't know His origin or who His parents are; because it does not apply to Him!

Just because you've "debunked" the idea that God created us in His image does not take anything away from the truth. You think you've disproved it; that is all though.


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Titen-Sxull 2 years ago from back in the lab again Author

"It does not make sense that God would create humans, then send His son to die for our sins, and then have other beings on other planets"

Why not? God has the angels doesn't he? And yet whether an angel is fallen or not has nothing to do with Jesus and everything to do with who followed Lucifer's failed attempt at dethroning God.

"Do they have to be saved?"

That depends doesn't it? Did they fall from grace? Do they have the same type of free will do they? Are they welcome in Heaven or has God prepared a special place just for them. Again if God is omnipresent and omnipotent there's no reason why there has to be one Heaven, one creation event, etc. Why limit God to fallen humanity, maybe he retried the same experiment and got different results on another planet.

"NO ONE can look at God and live to tell about it."

Except for Abraham, when God came to eat a meal with him. And Moses, who saw God's back. And the Disciples and followers of Jesus who all saw him, that is if we accept that Jesus IS God and apply the rules to Jesus as well. And not just the physical Jesus but the spiritual Jesus is seen in the book of Revelation. And Jacob who wrestled with God, although whether he looked right at him or not... oh and Adam and Eve who walked with God in the Garden personally. So yeah, no one can see God, except for a great deal of the Bible's most famous characters apparently...

"Who He was speaking to, we don't exactly know"

Because the creation account in Genesis borrows heavily from polytheistic accounts, that's the likely answer.

"That is why we don't know His origin or who His parents are"

Presumably he doesn't have any, which is why having a bodily form at all makes little sense and even less sense when we apply the physical features common to human beings to God.

"You think you've disproved it"

I think I have a fairly airtight case against the idea, yeah. I've yet to see anyone offer a rebuttal or explanation as to why God would have teeth, hair, arms, legs, or any of the things that make up "our image".


Lybrah 2 years ago

"Presumably he doesn't have any, which is why having a bodily form at all makes little sense and even less sense when we apply the physical features common to human beings to God."

Why doesn't it make sense that God would have body parts? It is true that He is a spirit, and no one can actually see who or what God really is; It is true that He has appeared to several people in the bible, but He appears in a form that we can understand. In Revelations, we read that "God's head and hair were white like wool...his eyes were like blazing fire" Ezekiel says, "high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man." So there you have it. In scripture it says that God has body parts. We are told that He does have a throne. When He was designing people, He had His own image to use as inspiration.

"Why limit God to fallen humanity, maybe he retried the same experiment and got different results on another planet."

I don't believe that God would ever do that to us. I do believe that He created the dinosaurs before He created us, but that is it. You can read more about that here: http://www.bubblews.com/news/2041447-dinosaurs-my-...

You're saying that it doesn't make sense that God would have physical features. In scripture we are told that God does have physical characteristics, or that He appears to have some. God has what He has. God is absolute. In a way, it is senseless to even wonder where God is or what He looks like. He is who He is---and He even says that: I am who I am. In a way, trying to disprove His characteristics is silly.


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Titen-Sxull 2 years ago from back in the lab again Author

"Why doesn't it make sense that God would have body parts?"

It doesn't make sense for God to have the same sort of body parts we humans do. Like teeth, for example, or reproductive organs. I have a hub all about this that goes into detail. God is not biological, even if he is has a physical form of some kind, he would not be considered an organism in the sense that you or are.

"So there you have it. In scripture it says that God has body parts."

I'm not doubting that within Christianity God HAS a physical body I'm saying that it makes no sense.

"He had His own image to use as inspiration."

Then human beings are not the only species made in God's image. Chimpanzees, and indeed all apes and monkeys, are also made in God's image because they share with us almost identical physical characteristics. If we listed the features of man, the features of Chimps and the features of God next to each other who would share the most in common?

"God has what He has."

Does God have nipples? Does God have teeth? Does God have a digestive tract? Does God have hair?

If God has nipples than who is he breast-feeding? And if he does NOT have nipples than chimpanzees are more similar to us than he is. God having teeth only makes sense if he has to eat to survive. Having a digestive tract is the same thing. And hair, well why would God have that?

Can't you see that its the other way around? People take what human beings have and apply it to God. God is made in OUR image because we made him up. Teeth make sense for us. Having ten fingers and ten toes makes sense for us. Hair makes sense for us. We share common ancestry with all life on this planet. The features that we share with other animals make sense biologically from an evolutionary perspective, it does not make sense for God to have those features.

"trying to disprove His characteristics is silly."

You cannot show a shred of evidence that your God even exists, let alone what his characteristics are. And his characteristics, both physical and non-physical, only make sense in the context that they have been applied to him by humans. In other words, God is our creation, not the other way around.

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Austinstar 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Here's another good one that Bob showed me the other day. "Why do Adam and Eve has belly buttons?"

Does God have a belly button too?


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Titen-Sxull 2 years ago from back in the lab again Author

Another good one Austinstar! Because If he does that means he was born, since the belly button is technically a scar formed because of the umbilical cord.


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Austinstar 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Sorry for my 'has' in the comment. Should have been 'have' belly buttons.

Anyway, this prompted my husband to have one of those 'ah ha' moments. He said it made him realize once and for all that the creation story was just a piece of fiction. I'm thinking, well, it's about time you figured that out.


Lybrah 2 years ago

I think it is really sad that you would lead someone else away from the Lord. His blood will be on your hands. In other words, it is bad enough that you don't believe; it is worse when you convince another to not believe. You're leading people astray and the Lord will hold you accountable for that.


Lybrah 2 years ago

I looked at your other hub. This is sort of like a "What came first, the chicken or the egg?" You think men made God in their image; I'm saying that God made us in His. I think I'm right because there had to be a beginning to everything. Maybe you just should accept that God is.

And you don't know that God doesn't eat. You don't know that God doesn't have hair.

You also have nipples but men don't breast feed. So why do you have nipples? I know you're going to start in with that evolution business, but evolution is just not plausible.

And there is plenty of evidence that God exists. There are plenty of miracles that happen. You just choose to look the other way.


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Titen-Sxull 2 years ago from back in the lab again Author

"I think I'm right because there had to be a beginning to everything."

That would include God.

"but evolution is just not plausible."

Evolution is a basic fact of biology.

"There are plenty of miracles that happen."

Present evidence of a single miracle that has ever taken place.

"And you don't know that God doesn't eat. You don't know that God doesn't have hair."

I think you're misunderstanding my argument. I'm saying that YOU need to tell me WHY your God would have teeth or hair. I don't need to explain it because I think your God is imaginary.


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Austinstar 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Hey! I didn't lead Bob to that post, he found it all by himself and figured it out all by himself too. Apparently, you just keep making excuses for God. He DID NOT and never will create anything that is PERFECT. He is incapable of doing so. He simply does not exist!


Lybrah 2 years ago

Okay, I'll admit this much: I don't know if God has teeth or hair or not, nor do I pretend to know why He would need teeth or hair. In this, case, I'm going to have to raise the little white flag. HOWEVER, I still believe God exists, and I still believe you are wrong in insisting He doesn't exist. It is just that after some complete thought, it doesn't seem worth it to argue about God's possible physical traits. It is more important to concentrate in living a life favorable to Him and not blaspheme His holy name, regardless of one's beliefs. If you think about it, no one knows what Jesus looks like because there were no cameras back in His day. But looks aren't that important in the long run. So whether nor not God looks like a man is not important to me.


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Austinstar 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Score one for Titen-Sxull!


Lybrah 2 years ago

Whatever! You win this time...but I'll be back...!


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Titen-Sxull 2 years ago from back in the lab again Author

"But looks aren't that important in the long run."

And let's not forget that whole Graven Images commandment. The God of the Bible condemns idolatry, even if the idols made are meant to depict him.

"it doesn't seem worth it to argue about God's possible physical traits"

I made a hub arguing against it mainly because of biblical literalists who claim that we are made in the image of God. That would mean God looks basically human, which, like I said, would involve things that don't make much sense like hair, nails, teeth, etc. I mean hair and nails are made of dead skin cells anyway, and God is immortal, he wouldn't have any dead cells. For those who don't take a literal view of scripture its less of an issue what God looks like and, like you said, more about them trying to follow the beliefs than really caring what God might look like.


Lybrah 2 years ago

That makes sense. Keep writing. I'll keep rebuttling :)

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