If you are interested in the modern day UFO/ET phenomenon, you can click here, this should take you to the exopolitics section of our website where you can find all of our articles on the topic. This article, however, will deal with a fraction of historical accounts of supposed ancient flying machines and extraterrestrials.
We have spiritual beliefs today, but not like the ancients. Thousands of years ago, people confronted forces well beyond their control and understanding: hence the gods. During ancient times, it was universally held that human civilization was a gift of the gods. Whether in Egypt, Mesopotamia, Israel, Greece, Scandinavia, Britain, India, China, Africa, the Americas or elsewhere, most people believed the gods brought them the tools of civilization – agriculture, writing, medicine – everything worth having. When the monotheistic religions became dominant, the gods became a God, but the beat continued. – Richard Dolan (1)
Antiquity is littered with stories of beings from other worlds, materials and flying objects that, according to modern day thinking, should not have existed. For anybody who has studied ancient mythology, along with the reality and recent public disclosures of the ‘Black Budget‘ world, they would know that a large amount of evidence exists today which corroborates with these ‘mythical stories’ (as we interpret them) into stories of possible ancient reality.
It’s also important to point out here that even today, objects performing extraordinary and (what should be) impossible maneuvers have been observed and tracked on radar by defence intelligence agencies worldwide. Perhaps these unidentified flying objects have been around longer than we think? You can read more about what happens when the military tracks a ‘UFO’ on radar, HERE.
Here is a great example that was released by the Canadian military many years ago.
Who are we to say that these flying objects in ancient history are mythical apparitions of the mind? Who’s to say that they were not also documented in the past like they are today? Thousands of years from now will our present civilization and its encounters with UFOs be considered mythological? Something to think about.
The mythology of the Eskimos says that the first tribes were brought to the North by “gods” with brazen wings. The oldest American Indian sagas mention a Thunderbird who introduced fire and fruit to them. The Mayan legend, the Popol Vuh, tells us that the “gods” were able to recognize everything; the universe, the four cardinal points of the compass, and even the round shape of the Earth. What are the Eskimos doing talking about metal birds? Why do the Indians mention a Thunderbird? How are the ancestors of the Mayas supposed to have known that the Earth is round?” – Erich Von Daniken, author, taken from his book Chariots of The Gods
The legends of the pre-Inca peoples say that the stars were inhabited by the “gods” who came down to them from the constellation of the Pleiades. Sumerian, Babylonian, Syrian and Egyptian cuneiform inscriptions constantly present the same picture, that “gods” came from the stars and went back to them. There is reference to extraterrestrial life in the Qur’an and Bible, beings that play in the realms of dark and light called Jins, Nephilim, Angles and more. There is reference to life on other planets and flying machines in the Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata and other ancient texts from all over the world that spread across many different continents. Is this just a coincidence? Are these really just mere tales?
The Vimanas of the Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Samarangana Sutradhara
Much has been written about vimanas, especially on the web. One can easily become lost amid the sites, although it soon becomes evident that most of them simply copy each others’ statements. It is obvious that precious few sites that discuss vimanas have any original research – Richard Dolan
The word vimana is Sanskrit and has multiple meanings, for the palace of an emperor or god to a vehicle. Today, the word means aircraft.
The Ramayana is a Vedic epic that dates back to the fourth/fifth century, B.C. In one passage, a vimana is described as a “chariot that resembles the sun, that aerial and excellent chariot going everywhere at will, resembling a bright cloud in the sky, and the king got in and the excellent chariot rose up into the higher atmosphere.” (1)(2)(3)
Vimanas are also described in the Mahabharata, another ancient text. In this case, measurements are given for one of the vimanas. It’s described as having twelve cubits in circumference with four strong wheels that are approximately 20 to 25 feet in circumference; about seven feet in diameter.(1)(3)
They roar like off into the sky until they appear like comets.” The Mahabharata and various Sanskrit books describe at length these chariots, “powered by winged lighting…it was a ship that soared into the air, flying to both the solar and stellar regions.(2)
According to the texts, these vimanas were used to transport the gods through the heavens. These flying machines, according to Erich Von Daniken, navigated at great heights with the aid of quicksilver and a great propulsive wind. The Vimanas could cover vast distances and could travel forward, upward and downward. They were enviably maneuverable space vehicles.
Another interesting story that comes from the Mahabharata reveals the history of the “unmarried Kunti,” who not only received a visit from the sun god but also had a son by him, a son who is supposed to have been as radiant as the sun itself. This matches stories in numerous ancient texts in several cultures and religions, stories of ‘gods’ interbreeding with humans, like the story Moses, or like Gilgamesh, or Aryuna in the Mahabharata, or the Nephilim in the Bible (a few of many examples). It also eerily correlates to abductions of modern day, forced abduction as well as friendly extraterrestrial encounters that many people claim to have had.
Furthermore, many stories of serpent beings with superhuman powers exist within ancient literature. While we are focusing on texts from India right now, consider the Naga. According to Vedic tradition, the serpent Naga instructed humanity in knowledge of good and evil.
“It is interesting how the serpent is seen as a symbol of wisdom or knowledge across many cultural traditions. Cultures such as the Scandinavian, Slavic, Hebrew, Tibetan, Hopi, and West African all depict serpent gods possessing esoteric wisdom..” – Richard Dolan (1)(2)
The Samarangana Sutradhara is a classical Indian architecture text written in 1000-1055 AD. In it, whole chapters are devoted to describing airships whose tails spout fire and quicksilver.
The world ‘fire’ in ancient texts cannot mean burning fire, for altogether some forty different kinds of “fire,” mainly connected with esoteric and magnetic phenomena, are enumerated. – Erich Von Daniken (2)(4)(5)
It also describes types of machines as automotive, one stroke engine, remote-control and driver-run machines; keep in mind that this is 1000 years ago. It devotes one full chapter on the building of flying machines. The book does not explain the process of building airplanes completely and says that it has been done purposely, for the sake of secrecy – Prabhakar Apte, MA and PhD in Sanskrit. (4)(5)
I do not believe that we should dismiss the old Sanskrit texts as just myths, we have a tendency to do this with much of our ancient history.
We are not going to get any further with the old approach which scholars unfortunately still cling to: That doesn’t exist…those are mistakes in translation…those are fanciful exaggerations by the author or copyists – Erich Von Daniken
The Tibetan books Tantyua and Kantyua
The Tibetan books of Tantyua and Kantyua mention ancient flying machines, which they refer to as “pearls in the sky.” In both books, they emphasize that this knowledge is secret, and should be kept from the masses. The Chinese believed that these pearls in the sky were formed in the ocean. In India, dragons were often depicted fighting for possession of this pearl, chasing it across the skies.(6)
Click here to view the Dalai Lama’s thoughts on extraterrestrials.
Again, is it impossible and incredible that the chroniclers of the Mahabharata, the Bible, the Epic of Gilgamesh, the texts of the Eskimos, the American Indians, the Scandinavians, the Tibetans, and many, many other sources should all tell the same stories of flying “gods,” and strange vehicles, by chance without any foundation?
The Tulli Papyrus
The Tulli Papyrus are writings from ancient Egypt, it’s the earliest known texts, from the annals of Thutmose III, of Egypts 18th Dynasty, whose reign dates back to 3,500 years ago. These documents are named after Alberto Tulli, a director of the Egyptian section of the Vatican museum. (1)(7)
This is the translation of R. Cedric Leonard.
In the year 22, of the third month of winter, sixth hour of the day, among the scribes of the House of Life it was found that a strange Fiery Disk was coming in the sky. It had no head. The breath of its mouth emitted a foul odor. Its body was one rod in length and one rod in width. It had no voice. It came toward His Majesty’s house. Their heart became confused through it, and they fell upon their bellies. They went to the king, to report it. His majesty meditated on all these events which were now going on. After several days had passed, they became more numerous in the sky than ever. They shined in the sky more than the brightness of the sun, and extended to the limits of the four supports of heaven. Powerful was the position of the Fiery Disks. The army of the king looked on, with His Majesty in their midst. It was after the evening meal when the Disks ascended even higher in the sky to the south. Fish and other volatiles rained down from the sky; a marvel never before known since the foundation of the country. And His Majesty caused incense to be brought to appease the heart of Amun-Re, the god of the Two Lands. And it was ordered that the event be recorded for His Majesty in the Annals of the house of Life to be remembered forever (1)(8)
Modern Historical Accounts
All centuries are filled with flying apparatus accounts. This gives further credence that all of today’s ‘modern UFOs’ are not all advanced, classified military technology (although I believe many of them are, I also believe many of them are extraterrestrial). In 1716, as reported in the “Boston News Letter,” there were strange appearances of Ships in the Air, which engaged each other for approximately thirty minutes. All of a sudden, a cloud of many colors covered them, which presented any further sight of them.(1)(9)
An account published in the journal Philosophical Transactions, from Westiminster, England from 1742 reads as follows:
I saw a light arise from behind the Trees and houses, which I took at first for a large sky-rocket.; but when it had risen to the height of about 20 degrees, it took a motion nearly parallel to the horizon, but waved in this manner. Its motion was so very slow, that I had it above half a minute in view, and therefore enough time to contemplate its appearance fully. There was nothing around in 1742 that could have explained this sighting.(1)(10)
One report from 1799, describes a “luminous spot seen moving across the path of Mercury.(1)(11) Another one from the journal Philosophical Transactions, in 1847 concerned a very odd moving light. According the writer, “it looked like a star passing over the Moon which, on the next moment’s consideration I knew to be impossible. It was a fixed, steady light upon the dark part of the Moon.(1)(12)
One very interesting account comes from a 1894 issue of the Astrophysical Journal about “a light reflecting body, or a bright spot near Mars seen on the 25th of November. It was seen by Professor Pickering and others at the Lowell Observatory, described as “a light reflecting body above an unilluminated part of Mars.” (1)(12)
In 1845, near Sicily and Malta in the Mediterranean Sea, three luminous bodies rising up from the sea about half a mile from the ship were reported by the captain. It was a Royal Navy ship.
On June 18th, at 9h 30m p.m., the brig Victoria, from Newcastle to Malta, in lat. 36 40′ 46, long. 13 44′ 36, was becalmed, with no appearance of bad weather, when her top-gallant and royal masts suddenly went over the side as if carried away by a squall. Two hours it blew very hard from the east, and whilst all hands were aloft reefing topsails, it suddenly fell calm again, and they felt an overpowering heat and stench of sulphur. At this moment three luminous bodies issued from the sea, about half a mile from the vessel, and remained visible for ten minutes. The sulphur connection is intriguing, since many UFO accounts have been connected to the smell of sulphur. (1)(13)
To see historical art depicting these craft, you can scroll to the bottom of this article.
Thanks for reading.
(1) Dolan, Richard. UFOs For the 21st Century Mind: New York: Richard Dolan Press, 2014
(2) Daniken, Erich. Chariots of The Gods. New York: Berkley Books, 1970
(3) Mahabharata VIII.31.80
(6) https://books.google.ca/books?id=-3804Ud9-4IC&pg=PA72&lpg=PA72&dq=Tibetan+pearls+in+the+sky&source=bl&ots=FQJDT0JgEs&sig=Ay_a0rbBtD_o8SDJgh4G15akt7Y&hl=en&sa=X&ei=QsEcU6_WHKWEygH-1oCAAw#v=onepage&q=Tibetan pearls in the sky&f=false
(7) See “Tulli Papyrus,” Wikipedia, the free Internet encyclopedia for a good overview of this.
(8) Leondard, R. Cedric, Firce Circles, A Revised Translation of the Tulli Transcription, (www.atlantisquest.com/Firecircle.html)
(9)Daniel Guenther’s Just the Cases UFO database.” (www.jtc-ufo.com/database/sightings/4)
(10) Philosophical Transcations, Vol. 42, p. 524.
(11) Jenkins, B.G. “The luminous spot on Mercury in transit.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 38 (April 1878): p. 338. Fort, Charles, Book of the Damned, p. 198
(12)Fort, Charles, Book of the Damned, Cosimo Classics, 2004, p ;199. and 195
(13) Malta Mail Times, August 18th, 1845.