UFO Conjectures

Monday, April 02, 2007

Death of a UFO species?

A semi-popular blog has a piece about angels and UFOs (a Biblical slant).

The author suggests that UFOs (or their occupants) are manifestations of Satan or the Satan archetype – Fallen Angels. (We were hard-put to follow the hypothesis.)

The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) does have several accounts of angels and God communing with human beings.

One of the more interesting meetings between angels, maybe even God, Himself, appears in Genesis 18, Chapters 1-15, where Abraham sups with three angels and The Lord.

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Other angelic visitations appear in Genesis 21, 1-18; 3 Kings 19, 5; Daniel 6, 22; Tobias 6, 1-9; et cetera.

Early visitations of the gods, angels, and the Hebrew Yahweh, plus the angels of the Qur’an (The Koran) -- Surat at-Takwir, 19; Surah Ghafir, 15); Surat an-Najm, 4-6; Surah Maryam, 17-21; et cetera -- bespoke of the beauty (androgyny even) of the visitors.

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Oannes is mentioned in Sumerian clay tablets, and the Egyptians had a panoply of gods they worshipped, but none had the configured physiognomy of the angels and God in the Hebrew texts, nor did they appear in the way that the messengers of the Hebrews or Assyrians did – in chariots of fire or suddenly, with an aura of light and a body that was not different from those of their human hosts.

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An angel was said to have released the Apostle Peter from jail (Acts of the Apostles 12. 6-10) but that’s about it for the Biblical angels

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The angels disappeared and God disappeared.

UFOs reappeared, sporadically. Constantine the Great saw one in 312 A.D. And various chronicles mentioned sightings of flying somethings-or-another right up into the modern era.

But no mention of angels come into the accounts, unless one accepts Joseph Smith’s Moroni as a bona fide visitation.

The AmerIndian tribes of the Yucatan, Middle and South America also have records of visitations by gods from the air, up until those empires were decimated by some catastrophe or the Spanish. Angels, however, don’t factor in to those renderings either.

Historical Chinese, Japanese, and sub-continent (mostly from India) records also speak of sky visitors, but the visitors are flying machines rather than beings.

Then in the 1950s, a spate of tales about flying saucer provide angelic-like descriptions of their pilots and occupants: Adamski, Fry, Angelucci, et al.

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But eventually a raft of encounters with dwarfish beings, disembarking from saucer-like craft, took hold and filled the UFO literature until shortly after 1961 when Betty and Barney Hill told of an abduction by small, gray beings, with large eyes, and little else they could call human.

The beauty of the early historical visitors, the “angels,” was totally gone.

Reptilian creatures, huge, furry or robotic monsters became part of the UFO fabric, but the small, gray or colorless creatures were prevalent, and ubiquitous.

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What happened?

Did the angelic visitors return to their “heavenly abode”? Were their initial visits only salutary and temporary? Or were they killed off by the species that now inhabits UFO lore, and flying saucers?

No matter what happened, the angels of old have been supplanted by the passionless, oddly morphed creatures that inhabit the UFO myth today.

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And human beings, mostly the credulous sort, should be wary of encountering those who replaced the benefactors that showed up several thousand years ago, to help human beings, not to perform quasi-autopsies on them.

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