Ancient Contacts with the Sky People
Ancient Contacts with the Sky People
Even the briefest examination of ancient civilizations will find stories of strange beings that came down from the heavens to interact with mankind and provide them with religion, knowledge, and technology, before returning to their home amongst the stars. Despite this, history tends to assume that these legends are simply myths. However, considering modern stories of UFOs and alleged alien contact, there are startling similarities between UFO encounters and ancient accounts. The only difference is that early man had no real concept of the reality of life on other planets. To them, strange beings coming down from the sky in glowing chariots were understood to be gods, angels, or demons.
IN THE DREAMTIME
In a time before the development of the written word, ancient man painted scenes of their lives on outside rock walls or on the ceilings and walls of caves. This art work mostly show wild animals and sometimes people. But, all across the planet, prehistoric art also depicts strange objects and unusual humanoid creatures that do not appear to be part of the natural environment.
For instance, 29,000-year-old cave paintings in Tanzania depict several disc-shaped objects that appear to be hovering over the landscape. Another painting shows four humanoid entities surrounding a woman while another looks down from the sky from inside some sort of box. Likewise, inside the French cave of Pech Merle near Le Cabrerets are paintings from around 16,000 BC that show a number of saucer-shaped objects. One painting even depicts the figure of a man looking up at one of the saucers.
In northern Australia, there are a number of 5,000-year-old cave paintings that show strange beings with large heads and eyes, wearing spacesuit-like garments. The Aborigines said that these creatures, called Wandjina, came down from the Milky Way during the Dreamtime and created the Earth and all its inhabitants.
Clay tablets inscribed around 2,600 BC by the ancient Sumerians detail a 400,000-year history that included visits by creatures called Annunaki, who flew in vehicles called Shems. These celestial craft were described as being tall, rocket-like "rocks" which emitted fire. The Sumerians never called the Anunnaki gods but rather dingir, meaning "righteous ones of the bright pointed objects."
The visitors stayed in human-built temples where they were waited on hand and foot. The detailed descriptions of everything from who could shake hands with the gods first to what food was served and how the gods were transported to their Shems, implied that the Sumerians were not speaking of spiritual visitors, but actual physical beings who traveled to the earth from outer space.
Ancient Egyptian legends tell of the "First Time," which is described as an age when sky gods came down to Earth and raised the land from the mud and water. They supposedly traveled through the air in flying boats and brought laws and wisdom to man through a royal line of pharaohs.
In Tibet, the Bka'-'gyur or Kanjyur ("the translated word of Buddha"), completed in 1411, tells of flying "pearls in the sky" and of transparent spheres carrying gods to visit man. The Kanjyur also describes how we are reborn time and time again not just to Earth, but to other planets in the universe. In fact, the Royal Pedigrees of Tibetan Kings states that the first seven Tibetan kings came from the stars.
The Fish Gods of Mesopotamia and the Philistines
The ancient Semitic deity Dagon, starting around 2500 BC, was worshiped by the people who lived in what is now Israel. Dagon was believed to be one of the four sons of Anu, the lord of heaven. From his navel down, Dagon had the tail of a fish, and from his navel up, the form of a man. The Philistines believed that Dagon flew down from the sky in a ball of fire and taught mankind the ways of the plow and agriculture.
As well, a history of Mesopotamia written in the third century BC by Berossus, a Babylonian priest, stated that ancient man lived in a lawless manner like beasts until there appeared a creature whose name was Oannes or Ea, meaning the "fish of heaven." Oannes' body was like a fish and "under the fish's head he had another head, and connected to the fish's tail, he had feet similar to those of a man."
Oannes taught mankind writing and math, and was said to stay in the sea every evening. But when he departed for the last time, he flew up into the sky and returned to the heavens.
Other ancient peoples have legends of amphibious, fish-like creatures from the stars. For example, the Dogon tribe of Mali, Africa refer to beings called Nommo, who were said to have humanoid upper torsos, and a fish-like lower torso and tail.
The amphibious gods of ancient times may have been nothing more than legends created to explain a time that was beyond human recollection. It seems, however, beyond coincidence that these fish-like beings of myth all hailed from the ocean of stars above us, rather than the terrestrial oceans of water. We are left with a multitude of questions and few real answers. Perhaps planet Earth from space beckons with its blue oceans to those who long for their own blue home, lost somewhere among the vast firmament of stars.
GODS FROM OTHER WORLDS
As ancient man spread out across the globe, they took with them the myths and legands of the creation of the world and the beings that came down from the heavens to populate the young Earth.
Five thousand years ago, when the Turks started their journey from Central Asia towards today's Turkey, they brought with them a belief that intelligent beings can be found on other worlds. The original Turks were called GökTürk, meaning "sky people." Their earliest creation stories started by describing the flying gods called Kara-han, who created the world and then populated it with their brethren from the stars.
The ancient tales of creatures from the heavens were woven into the fabric of what would later become modern organized religions. Coptic Gnostic texts written around the first and second centuries AD contain passages that describe ancient encounters with alien-like beings called the Archons. A passage from The First Apocalypse of James states: "They are not entirely alien, for they are from the Fallen Sophia, the female divinity who produced them when she brought the human race down from the Source, the realm of the Pre-Existent One. So they are not entirely alien, but they are our kin."
Brazilian tribal natives also believe in gods or travelers from the sky who descended to earth when humans were little more than animals, to instruct them in agriculture, astronomy, and medicine. One being in particular, Bep-Kororoti, a space warrior worshipped by the tribes of the upper reaches of the Xing River, supposedly possessed a flying vehicle capable of destroying anything in its path. Bep-Kororoti's appearance is said to have terrified the natives until he stepped out of his suit to reveal himself to be fair-skinned, handsome, and kind. He supposedly amused the natives with his magic until he grew restless for his land in the sky and returned there.
No matter how isolated a society was, they still had stories of sky people who came down to Earth to interact with the local populations.
In North America, legend has it that around 720 AD, the struggling Cahokian tribes along the Mississippi river in Illinois were dying of famine and disease. On the brink of collapse, they were supposedly visited by numerous robed beings from the sky who offered them the knowledge and technology needed to save their civilization from extinction. They soon became prosperous and by 1050 AD, had become one of the most powerful cultures on the continent.
Today, in the view of a society brought up on images of moonwalks and robotic rovers on Mars, UFOs and their bizarre inhabitants are seen as extraterrestrial visitors. A century from now, who knows what the changes in science and culture will do to the perception and understanding of this strange phenomenon?