1.5 – Closer Encounters (5.18.10)

MEDIEVAL UFOs [6d]

For those who believe that close encounters with alien beings have helped shape Earth’s history, it is important to remember that it isn’t only ancient history that has been so influenced. There have been literally hundreds of credible accounts of strange creatures, UFO sightings and otherworldly phenomena that took place, even in the so-called Dark Ages.

“There have been sightings all over the world throughout the Middle Ages. There are stories going from Scotland to England to Italy to the Crusades. Remember the Crusades took place over hundreds of years. And at certain points in the battle, in some cases over Turkey, in some cases over Jerusalem, there are images captured in writing by various chroniclers talking about ‘a strange cloud in the sky that glowed red. A strange image coming out of a cloud in the sky.’ Why would we say this is a UFO? Because, traditionally, UFOs mask themselves by forming a cloud around themselves. And it’s a cloud that’s going through the sky – that’s their invisibility cloak.”

– Bill Birnes, J.D., Ph.D.
(Author / Publisher, UFO Magazine)

In his 13th-century historical work titled Otto Imperialia, Gervase of Tilbury wrote about an aerial craft over the city of Bristol, England, which caught an anchor in a church steeple.

“He uses specifically the term, ‘anchor.’ Now, we don’t know what kind of anchor that is. But a creature, a man, climbs out of this craft and tries to free the anchor from the steeple. And all the people in the village start stoning him, thinking he’s some sort of evil demon.”

– Bill Birnes, J.D., Ph.D.
(Author / Publisher, UFO Magazine)

But for Ancient Astronaut Theorists, evidence of an alien presence during the Middle Ages isn’t only found in literature.

“All throughout the Middle Ages, there are some magnificent paintings…and in certain areas of the painting, there are what looks like to be UFOs. They’re always floating up in the sky – usually above the Virgin Mary or above Jesus on the crucifix – or somewhere we have sceneries that depict what looks like UFOs. One very interesting painting is where Jesus sits up in the clouds with – quote, unquote – ‘God,’ and they’re holding onto the antennae of what looks like Sputnik; and theologians say what is depicted here is nothing else but the Earth. But why would Earth have two antennae sticking out of it? And why would it be round? Because the mainstream viewpoint at the time was that the Earth was flat.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“Here are pictures of the crucifixion dated around 1350 from Kosovo. Here are, presumably, vehicles with people driving them in attendance at the crucifixion. Could this be a crude – an attempt on the part of the artist drawing on a tradition – obviously, he wasn’t there – drawing on a tradition? Could he be reflecting the folklore? Possibly.”

– C. Scott Littleton, Ph.D.
(Prof. Emeritus of Anthropology, Occidental College),
(Witness, Battle of Los Angeles)

“The people of the Middle Ages depicted devils and Angels frequently, in their art. They did not depict what we today consider aliens, specifically. But Angels are Heavenly creatures that come from outside of our sphere, aren’t they?”

– Betty Ann Brown, Ph.D.
(Art Historian, Prof. of Art History, CSU Northridge)

Did the medieval artists include strange creatures and flying spacecraft in their paintings because they had seen them in real life? Or were they trying to communicate their belief that the miraculous events of the New Testament had otherworldly origins?

“The most famous painting that resolved any doubt in my mind depict a UFO with its laser beam, was made by Crivelli in 1486 – The Annunciation to Mary.”

Maximillien de Lafayette (Author, UFOs and the Alien Agenda)

“In medieval art, in The Annunciation, when Mary is told that she will have a child, but she will still be a virgin, and the Angels tell her this, over Mary’s head is a space capsule. But what’s a UFO, or a space capsule, doing over Mary? Maybe the artist saw it and he’s putting it in the painting to bring together his own vision of a UFO, the annunciation from the Bible, and the mystery of salvation that there could be a virgin birth.”

– Bill Birnes, J.D., Ph.D.
(Author / Publisher, UFO Magazine)

According to Ancient Astronaut Theorists, the UFO-shaped objects found in medieval paintings aren’t the only evidence of an alien presence during the era. In his book, The Gods of Eden, author William Bramley cites private journals and other publications throughout Europe which contain accounts of cigar-shaped flying objects emitting noxious mists. The first reports of this kind began during the mid-14th-century, closely corresponding to the outbreak of the worst health epidemic in human history – the Black Plague.

“The Black Plague, back in the 1300s, many have said was caused by a virus from a rodent – bitten by fleas. This disease that wiped out 75-plus million people on the planet at the time. But there’s another theory by a fellow by the name of William  Bramley who says that the Black Plague was created by ETs, that they wanted to eradicate human beings, for whatever horrible reason.”

George Noory (Radio Host, Coast to Coast AM)

“We know that plague can be spread by rodents. But there weren’t that many rodent infestations being reported back then, at least not enough to account for all of the breakouts that we had. So, what you find in the literature from that time are numerous reports of bright lights moving through the sky, emitting gas, or what they call ‘mists.’ And we find them in China, you find them in Europe. There are similar reports from the Justinian Plague from earlier in history, and even later plagues, the cholera epidemics. You find similar stories of mists that are the cause of the Plague. We have weapons like that – biological warfare. As for the motive as to why this happened, I can only kind of scratch my head, because in the UFO phenomena, we see certain consistent patterns, but we don’t always understand the motive.”

William Bramley (Author, The Gods of Eden)

Italian historian Matteo Villani, who both chronicled the Black Death and died from it in the 14th-century, wrote of pestilential fogs reported by travelers from Asia. He even wrote that people were convinced they could actually see the plague coming through the streets. But what some Ancient Astronaut believers find to be even stronger evidence of alien involvement, are the numerous reports of mysterious black-cloaked creatures who would appear on the outskirts of villages just before plague broke out. Contemporary accounts describe them as having “terrifying faces” and “waving long, scythe-like objects dispensing noxious mists.” It’s the image we know today as the Grim Reaper.

“These figures in black would appear usually on the outskirts of a town. They were carrying these long devices that looks like scythes. These figures in black would start sweeping in the fields as though they were cutting down the wheat. Then immediately there would be an outbreak of the plague.”

William Bramley (Author, The Gods of Eden)

Although Ancient Astronaut Theorists are divided on Bramley’s proposal that aliens were behind the plague, his research, like the artwork of the time, has led to one important conclusion.

“What is evidenced is the fact that visitations occurred since before recorded history all the way to today. It’s not like Ancient Astronauts only happened thousands of years ago, and then all of a sudden we have Roswell. The fact alone, that these visitations have been going on for all this time, thousands of years, that’s sensational.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Flying cylinders spreading plague from the sky? Black-clad aliens looking to destroy humans? But even if possible, why? And, if true, wouldn’t there continue to be evidence of even more close encounters – encounters that would take place much closer to home?

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References:

[1] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: Season 1. [DVD Back Cover]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[2] History™. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: April 20, 2010, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-1.

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[6] History™. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.5 – Closer Encounters. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: May 18, 2010, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-1.

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