A Strange History.
‘Time will reveal everything. It is a babbler, and speaks even when not asked.’
(Euripides. Ancient Greek dramatist)
Certainly, it has revealed, in part, a human history replete with strange sights in the skies, powerful beings, and age-old artifacts that cast doubt on our understanding of
archaeological, scientific and historical perspectives.
Though we should, perhaps, view these aberrances with a healthy dose of scepticism, it would be wise not to ignore them out of hand. Long before the advent of the written word, prehistoric man depicted scenes of everyday life through literal drawings or paintings. One such cave painting (circa 2000 BCE) discovered between the border of Russia and China is one such artifact.
But what had its originator witnessed that caused him to paint images of what, to all intents and purposes, are a space suited entity standing beneath a saucer-shaped UFO emitting a plume of smoke from its underbelly, while in
the foreground stands another entity holding what appears to be a disc-shaped device. How do we square such imagery with orthodox science? Is it remotely possible for a prehistoric man to depict a scene of a modern-day phenomenon by chance alone, or is the image evidence of the archetypal phenomenon Carl Gustav Jung wrote of in his 1959 book. Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth Of Things Seen In The Sky?
His theory states that when a UFO (in its literal sense) manifests itself, its imagery is such that it stimulates powerful unconscious mental processes in the mind of the witness. These unconscious processes, in turn, are released into the conscious mind of the
observer causing them to give meaning to what they have seen. Cultural and personal
expectations colour the interpretation of the sighting. The projected meaning is then
passed on, ad infinitum, to others and is perpetuated and strengthened over time.
Our ancestral ‘gods’ are no longer in vogue, however, and have been replaced by icons befitting a technologically advanced and sophisticated society.
The Hieroglyphs of Thutmose III.
Hieroglyphics are one of the earliest known forms of writing and here, too, there are
disconcerting and troublesome anomalies. The papyrus text of Pharaoh Thutmose III (1504 – 1450 BCE), found among the papers of a director of the Vatican’s Egyptian
museum, recorded aerial phenomena reminiscent to that of the Mexican UFO wave of the 1990s. This is considered to be the first sighting on record:
It began with “… a circle of fire coming in the sky …it had no head (not a comet), the breath of its mouth had a foul odour. Its body was one rod (5 m) long and one rod wide. It had no voice.” After some days, the UFOs began to multiply, becoming …“more numerous in the
sky than ever.” They extended to …“the limits of the four supports of the heavens.”
Eventually, they climbed high and headed south.