Twenty or so years intervened between when I saw first saw Tim begin his career as a retail furniture store manager in Batesville, then move to Little Rock and more success and a family (while I failed as a small shop operator and writer and had myself hospitalized with a nervous breakdown). I had moved to Houston and continued recovery from my symptoms, while Tim lost his family and career and slipped into alcoholism. Our early "science"conversations had been the semi-mature ones of young men interested in the "unconventional:" UFOs, advanced ancient civilizations and the like. In the intervening years in Houston, while I was away from Tim, I'd become much more the skeptic about UFOs than he'd been aware. Therefore, when the subject came up again in our conversation after my 1984 return to Little Rock, I found Tim to be the amazingly tender "believer", myself the relatively tough skeptic--somewhat the reverse of our previous "tough/tender" roles. Yet, Tim's "belief" was to remain the rest of his life. Since those early days when he'd tried to help me find an "explanation" for that small light on Gaston's road, he took many opportunities even in his travels as an alcoholic to visit "sites" of possible UFOs. Now I must honor his belief and review what solid literature there is, in his memory. What follows is what I found in years of Web and library searches
In Tibet and China, documents and poems exist strongly suggestive of ancient knowledge of flying machines and even atomic weapons, we will see in the sources that follow. There are also three-part symbols indicative of a world-view consisting of the three possible interactions of the primary principles of the yin and yang, in Chinese philosophy, which roughly seem to correspond to the positive and negative in modern electrical and scientific terminology.
In Communion, Whitley Strieber writes about information he received in some manner from the "aliens" who "abducted" him. He describes this as having been given to him largely as three-part symbology. In an interesting parallel, in Synchronicity: The Bridge Between Matter and Mind, F. David Peat discusses how the above mentioned ancient Chinese writings and philosophy describe a three-part symbology.
An additional source, a copyrighted Internet article by Paul Stonehill describes seemingly advanced technology as it recounts Chinese and Tibetan data about the mysterious ancient Chinese and their emperor Huang-ti:
"Archaeological evidence suggests that China is one of the cradles of the human race. . .Despite its severe winters, this area was well suited to agriculture. In fact, it closely resembled the other cradles of ancient civilizations, such as the valley of the Nile in Egypt. . .[and] there are other striking similarities between the ancient civilizations. . .
"[A]rchaeologists claim they have discovered in China's southwestern province of Sichuan evidence of a fifth ancient civilization, as Japan's Kyodo News first reported on October 28, 1996.
"The evidence. . .estimated to date back 4,500 years. . .was found near the banks of the Yangtze River, 56 miles. . .southwest of . . .Chengdu. . . . The world's four oldest known civilizations are Mesopotamia, Egypt, Indus and China's Yellow River. . ." Huang-ti, Stonehill tells us, was very different from other ancient heroes, in that he neither enlightened people nor demanded worship--that he and his helpers were amazingly rational beings. They taught acupuncture, agriculture, animal husbandry, silkworm raising, the silk clothing industry and cultivation of the mulberry for silkworms and the development of hemp. (Stonehill quotes here from Chinese archaeologists in Selections of Chinese Relics and Archaeology, Foreign Languages Press, Beijing, 1995). However, says Stonehill, most important for Huang-ti and his assistants "were their own affairs. . .dominated by creation of complex. . . incomprehensible apparatuses. . . ."
Huang-ti, says Stonehill, possessed the "essence of thunder," being thereby able to move through space at enormous velocities. He notes the aborigines of Australia also have myths of travel at great speeds, emitting "thunder." (1). Stonehill then goes on to note:
"The Shang Dynasty (1766-1122 B.C.) is the first documented era of ancient China. . . Some. . . suggested that travelers from Mesopotamia and from Southeast Asia brought agricultural methods to China. . . If so, there may be a direct connection with Sumer [emphasis added]."
What is especially interesting about this data about China is that it reveals the possible interlinking between advanced societies in ancient times. It's as if they'd come from a common source. Could it have been extra-terrestrial? Tim might have thought so.
In the section of his book Communion that focuses on Western aspects of the "visitor" phenomenon, Strieber discusses "kobolds," dwarfs said to run mines in Medieval Germany and Europe (243). They seemed to have mysterious roots, possibly related to his experiences with "visitors." He also discusses other Medieval events in Europe that may have involved "visitors" or UFOs (Strieber 243-5).
However, even before those events occurred, extraordinary things had taken place not only in the Asia of the Shang, but in the Middle East, as well. Whose nation, for example, was more civilized: that of Jason or that of Medea, the wife of that Greek mythological character, who appears as the title character in the ancient play Medea? Jason's Greece dated back to about 500 B.C. But Medea's Sumer dated back to four thousand B.C!
"Ur of the Chaldees" was already a major city at the time of the birth of Abraham, the founder of the Jewish race and nation. And not only Ur: the oldest city on earth is probably Jericho. Its oldest layers date back to about 6,000 B.C. And even there, the markings and artifacts resemble those of the Sumerians. In fact, ancient Sumer was so old that it is described in Encyclopedia Britannica ("Sumer and Sumerian,") as "Pre-Semitic." As old as Israel is, it was still younger than Sumer.
We probably have a lot to learn about the ancient Sumerian culture that was Medea's native culture in Asia Minor. It must have been extremely interesting, existing as it did so close to that of ancient Greece, at least geographically.
At one point in the ancient play Medea, the title character who left her homeland to live in Greece with her husband Jason, mentions her home culture:
"Women of Corinth, I would not have you censure me. . .others are ill spoken of as supercilious, just because their ways are quiet. . .Of course a stranger must conform. . .I accept my place; but. . .When. . . we have bought a husband, we must then accept him as possessor of our body. . .[W]ill the man we get be bad or good?. . .[A] foreign woman, coming among new laws, new customs, needs the skill of magic, to find out what her home could not teach her [emphasis added], how to treat the man whose bed she shares. . .And, they tell us, we at home live free from danger, they go out to battle: fools! I'd rather stand three times in the front lines than bear one child. . ." (Medea 24).
Archaeologists have recently found evidence of a woman-controlled civilization in ancient Africa. There are also hints of an "Amazon" civilization in Eastern Europe and the area of the Caucasus Mountains, which stretch into the area that was Medea's homeland.
Medea's introductory speech here may contain a reference to such a feminist or Amazon civilization. It could be that "Medea" represents the women the Greeks had encountered at that time from that part of the world. And the women there may have had knowledge or memory of a civilization that included woman warriors. Medea has certainly hinted here that her home culture was actually kinder or more progressive toward her as a woman than the more "civilized" (in Jason's words) Greece that she was taken to from her homeland.
Erich von Daniken mentions that the remnants of a galvanic battery were found near Baghdad (43, 80). Those remnants date back thousands of years, to 2000 B.C. or even earlier. They indicate that the people of Medea's homeland knew the electrical battery. Von Daniken says little in the book about this find, but does provide a photograph of the objects in question. Though he alone may be an unreliable source, he is not alone.
Charles Berlitz, in his book The World of the Odd and the Awesome, goes into more verbal detail as to a description and history of that battery:
"In 1936, while excavating an ancient Parthian settlement in what is now Iran, Austrian sceintist Wilhelm König came across a puzzling object. Although it is dated from about 250 B.C., the instrument seemed to have technical workings. In fact, König suspected it was an electricity-producing battery.
"Encased in a terra cotta pot, the tubular object was 2.5 centimeters wide. Made of copper sheeting soldered with a tin-lead alloy, it stood about 12 centimeters high. a tight fitting copper cap, insulated with pitch, covered one end while the other was sealed with pitch stopper. When the contraption was filled with an acid solution (like vinegar, wine or lemon juice) or with an alkali (for example, lye), König deduced that a working galvanistic element would be produced.
"Two experiments. . .used copies of the object (the original is housed in the Iraq Museum of Baghdad) to prove that it can create an electric current. With the help of a copper sulfate solution, the battery . . .emitted .5 volts of electricity.
"There are clues that the ancient Egyptians also knew how to produce electrical power. Many monuments built during the time of the pharaohs are filled with rooms and passageways that have no apparent light source. No trace of soot from torches, candles, or petroleum lamps has ever been found, according to Professor Helmuth Satzinger . . .Could the builders of the great Egyptian edifices have worked by the glow of electric lights. . .[T]he ancient Egyptian temple of Dendera may hold the answer. . . Inside. . . wall reliefs show human figures beside objects that look like giant light bulbs with serpents--or symbols of filaments--undulating inside. Perhaps it is more than coincidence that Thoth, the Egyptian god of science who illuminated the night with his light, is shown nearby." (39-43).
The walls of the temple are covered with other illustrations and hieroglyphs that Egyptologists haven't been able to completely decipher, says Berlitz. But Dr. John Harris, a British scientist at Oxford, who studied the reliefs, concluded that they "appear to be the ancient equivalent of technical writing . . ." (Berlitz 39-43).
Von Daniken in the 1970s speculated that ancient knowledge of the battery and/or electricity was actually a product of extraterrestrials, rather than the indigenous culture of that area. (43, 80). Since then, however, archaeologists have learned a lot more about the ancient Middle Eastern cultures, especially the Indus Valley Civilization and those that existed around the Baghdad area when "Medea" was there. Those civilizations seem very advanced in their own right. In fact, given that context, one wonders if those devices were produced with the help of extraterrestrials, or perhaps merely indigenously. In either case, a richer civilization is hinted at than previously thought.
Medea killed her enemy Crouce with a golden gown that seems to have been charged with electricity. Elements of electrical burning seem to be described in the play in the description of Crouce's death: "Then she placed over her curls the golden coronet . . . Then suddenly. . .she changed color; she staggered sideways, shook in every limb [emphasis added]." We today know that such "shaking" is a symptom of electrocution. The description goes on:
"She was just able to collapse on a chair, or she would have fallen flat. . . oozing from the girl's lips, white froth; the pupils of her eyes were twisted out of sight. . .All this took place in a few moments. . .and she lay speechless, with eyes closed. Then she came to. . .and gives a frightful scream. . .first the golden coronet round her head discharged a stream of unnatural devouring fire [emphasis added]."
Here we see what seems to be a description of an electrical fire. Then:
". . .[T]he fine dress. . . was eating her . . . flesh. She leapt from her chair, on fire, and ran, shaking her head . . .The ring of gold was fitted close and would not move. The more she shook her head, the fiercer the flame burned [emphasis added]."
The shaking, the seeming melting of the material to her skin and her inability to put out the fire by moving through the air, all seem to be more hints of an electrocution. The description continues:
"At last. . .she fell to the ground. . .she was unrecognizable. Her eyes, her face were one grotesque disfigurement. . .her flesh. . .melted from the bare bone. . .a ghastly sight. Not one among us dared to touch her body. What we'd seen was enough for us [emphasis added]."
Are we seeing here a hint that people from within Medea's house or staff may have already been familiar with what could happen to someone who touched one who was being electrocuted? The fate of this latter is then described in what happens to Crouce's father, the king: "But suddenly her father came into the room. He did not understand
. . .what kind of death had struck [emphasis added]." Is this yet another hint that members of Medea's household or staff may have known "what kind of death" an electrocution was? As if to confirm this, the account then concludes:
". . .He threw himself down at her side. . .and took her in his arms . . .Soon. . . [he] tried to lift his aged body upright; and then as ivy sticks to laurel branches, so he stuck fast to the dress. . .He struggled to raise up his knee. . .If he used force, he tore the flesh off his bones. At length, the king gave up his pitiful attempts; weakened with pain, he yielded and gasped out his life. Now, joined in death, daughter and father. . .[emphasis added]."
Another characteristic of electricity seems described in this last section: the inability to touch the electrocution victim without becoming electrocuted oneself. The technology producing this electrical shock seems indigenous to Medea's culture.
Medea's homeland, then, was the source of one of the most ancient civilizations known, the Sumerian civilization. The only known civilizations that might have been older were those of India and the one of the Shang in China and southern Mongolia, which existed along what is now known as the Yellow River and which, we've seen, seems to have had links to Sumer anyway.
Peat discusses the Shang in Synchronicity (122-47), as we've already noted above. He describes the methodology that the Shang used in attempting to "divine" the future from the traits of tortoise shells and other natural phenomena. (Perhaps we should note that Stonehill's work also describes these Shang "oracles.")
Peat notes, as part of the process of his evaluation of the Shang oracles, that their methodology seemed to resemble what ecologists do today in attempting to analyze processes going on in our environment by examining the effects of atmospheric pollution on the leaves of trees or on insects. He notes that, over time, the Shang came to be able to "predict" what would happen when a turtle's shell had cracked a certain way, because this meant it had experienced a certain type of an ecology. Having read various turtle shells and recorded the environments they came from over long period of time, the Shang had developed a "history" for these turtles that finally allowed them to make predictions.
In a similar way over time, Peat indirectly suggests or implies, we today may accumulate enough knowledge of what ecological situations produce certain weaknesses or strengths in the bone structures of certain mammals, allowing us to know what they've been through and whether the ecology is improving or is going to continue to deteriorate (Peat 122-47).
For their part, the Sumerians, closely associated with and ancestral to the Assyrians, were so advanced in the sciences that they had worked out the detailed mathematical formulas required to grind fine lenses. Von Daniken (120 ill.) points out that crystal lenses ground by the ancient Assyrians date back to 600 B.C. Both the Assyrians and the more famous Babylonian civilization were spin-offs from ancient Sumer.
For at least two hundred years, archaeologists and other scientists had believed that the aqueducts and canals of the ancient Greeks and Romans were the first examples of irrigation systems. But more recently, archaeologists have discovered that the Sumerians and Assyrians had, in fact, built elaborate irrigation systems as early as 4,000 B.C.
The Old Testament (Torah) describes the Sumerians as "Chaldeans." It describes the experiences of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who were Chaldean scientists, astrologers and prophets. They were also descendants of the ancient Sumerians. And they, like Medea, performed "wonders."
This homeland of Medea must, indeed, have been an interesting place. From what Medea describes in the play, we might wonder if, through all the thousands of years of advanced civilization, communication and development, this culture hadn't also advanced socially as well as technologically.
The ancient Greeks and Romans, like the West in general, assumed that only they were the "civilized" culture. But from what archaeologists have learned about Medea's homeland, it is clear that, in the words of the Egyptian priest Solon to Plato in the latter's Atlantis: "You Greeks are but children. . ."
Also, according to a Reader's Digest compendium, entitled Mysteries of the Unexplained, the Dogon of Africa, the Sumerians and the ancient Egyptians may have shared a common thread (49-54). The Dogon claim to have encountered a being that seemed to understand that the star Sirius had what we today call a "dark companion:" a white dwarf star whose energy primarily goes to creating gravity rather than light. The ancient Babylonians, descendants of the Sumerians, describe "Oannes," a being who came from the sky in an egg-shaped craft that landed in the sea. Similarly, the Dogon speak of "Oe" who landed in the sea in an egg-shaped craft. According to the Dogon, these creatures knew of the star Sirius.
Intriguingly, according to Sagan in The Cosmic Connection, the Dogon have a weak cultural link to ancient Egypt. And, in ancient Egypt, according to Von Daniken, the first calendar and many of the most important events of the Egyptian year, were planned around the star Sirius, even when the moon would have been a simpler and easier source (82-3). Whether this has any connection with UFOs or with the "visitor" phenomenon may be a separate question, but certainly it raises a very interesting question as to whether Earth was visited from the vicinity of the star Sirius thousands of years ago.(2) And this may be entirely aside from the new knowledge we've gained about the advanced stage of civilization in ancient Egypt and Sumer.
Still another ancient civilization that was incredibly advanced, as we've mentioned, was that of ancient India and Tibet. Childress tells us:
". . .What we know about ancient Indian flying vehicles comes from ancient Indian sources; written texts that have come down to us through the centuries. There is no doubt that most of these texts are authentic; many are the well known ancient Indian Epics themselves, and there are literally hundreds of them. Most of them have not even been translated into English yet from the old sanskrit."
A few years ago, says Childress, the Communist Chinese discovered Sanskrit documents in Tibet and sent them to the University of Chandrigarh to be translated. Dr. Ruth Reyna of that University said recently that the documents contain "directions for building spaceships." Their method of propulsion, she said, was
"anti-gravitational," based on a system analogous to that of "laghima," the unknown power of the ego claimed by Hindu Yogis to enable people to levitate. Intriguingly, Dr. Reyna said the manuscripts also reveal the secret of "antima,"which was "the cap of invisibility;" and "garima, "which was "how to become as heavy as a mountain of lead," an interesting parallel to the Dogon's Sirius B.
Childress says that Indian scientists didn't take the texts very seriously, but.became more positive about their value when the Communist Chinese announced they were using the data for their space program. He adds:
"The manuscripts mention. . .a. . .trip to the Moon. . .[O]ne of the great Indian epics, the Ramayana, details a battle on the moon. . . .
"The so-called 'Rama Empire' of Northern India and Pakistan. . . was a nation of many large, sophisticated cities. . .The seven greatest capital cities were known as 'The Seven Rishi Cities'. . . According to ancient Indian texts, the people had flying machines which were called 'Vimanas.' The ancient Indian epic describes a Vimana as a double-deck, circular aircraft with portholes and a dome [emphasis added]. . .a flying saucer.
"It flew with the 'speed of the wind' and gave forth a 'melodious sound.' There were at least four different types of Vimanas; some saucer shaped, others like long cylinders ('cigar shaped airships'). . .[emphasis added]."
Hundreds of ancient Tibetan and Indian texts deal with the construction, take-off, cruising for thousand of miles, normal and forced landings and even possible collisions with birds, of these craft, as well as steering, precautions for long flights, protection from storms and lightning and how to switch to solar energy. And Childress further adds:
"The Vaimanika Sastra (or Vymaanika-Shaastra) has eight chapters with diagrams, describing three types of aircraft, including apparatuses that could neither catch on fire nor break. It also mentions 31 essential parts of these vehicles and 16 materials from which they are constructed, which absorb
light and heat; for which reason they were considered suitable for the construction of Vimanas.
"Vimanas took off vertically, and were capable of hovering in the sky. . . Vimanas. . . kept in a Vimana Griha. . . hangar. . .were sometimes said to be propelled by a yellowish-white liquid, sometimes by some sort of mercury compound [emphasis added]."
Childress further notes that this "yellowish white liquid" sounds suspiciously like gasoline. He also speculates that Vimanas had a number of different propulsion sources, including combustion engines. There is also data suggestive of ancient "pulse-jet" engines. It's interesting to note on that point, says Childress, that the Nazis developed the first practical pulse-jet engines for their V-8 rockets after Hitler sent expeditions to India and Tibet in the 1930s. As for the "mercury compound," Childress elaborates:
"[O]ne Vimana. . .shaped like a sphere [was] born along at great speed on a mighty wind generated by mercury. . .going up, down, backwards and forwards as the pilot desired. In. . .the Samar, Vimanas were 'iron machines, well-knit and smooth, with a charge of mercury that shot out of the back in the form of a roaring flame. . . It is possible that mercury did have something to do with the propulsion, or more possibly, with the guidance system. Curiously, Soviet scientists have discovered what they call 'age-old instruments used in navigating cosmic vehicles' in caves in Turkestan and the Gobi Desert. The 'devices' are hemispherical objects of glass or porcelain, ending in a cone with a drop of mercury inside. . .[emphasis added]."
In the Mahavira of Bhavabhuti, a Jain text of the eighth century culled from older texts and traditions, says Childress,. we today can read what seems an interesting modern description: "An aerial chariot, the Pushpaka, conveys many people to the capital of Ayodhya. The sky is full of stupendous flying-machines, dark as night, but picked out by lights with a yellowish glare. . ." Childress adds that the Vedas, the oldest Indian texts, describe Vimanas of various shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, says Childress, Vimanas, like most scientific discoveries, were ultimately used for war:
"The Ramayana, Mahabarata and other texts speak of [a] hideous war. . .The ancient Mahabharata. . .goes on to tell the awesome destructiveness of the war:
'. . .(the weapon was) a single projectile charged with all the power of the Universe.
An incandescent column of smoke and flame. As
bright as the thousand suns rose in all its splendor. . .
An iron thunderbolt,
A gigantic messenger of death,
Which reduced to ashes
The entire race of the Vrishnis
And the Andhakas.
. . . the corpses were so burned
As to be unrecognizable.
The hair and nails fell out;
Pottery broke without apparent cause,
And the birds turned white.
. . . After a few hours
All foodstuffs were infected. . .
. . . to escape from this fire
The soldiers threw themselves in streams
To wash themselves and their equipment. . .[--emphasis added]"
Childress and Mysteries of the Unexplained note that description accurately describes an atomic explosion and its radioactivity: jumping into water is the only respite. However, even more startling and unique to his account, Childress notes that even more powerful evidence of the use of nuclear weapons in ancient times has been discovered:
"When the Rishi City of Mohenjodaro was excavated. . . they found skeletons . . .among the most radioactive ever found, on a par with those found at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. . .Futhermore, at Mohenjo-Daro, a well planned city laid on a grid, a plumbing system superior to those used in Pakistan and India today, the streets were littered with 'black lumps of glass.'. . . discovered to be clay pots that had melted under intense heat. . .[emphasis added]."
Certainly, all this data adds to the credibility of Whitley Strieber's accounts of "abductions." Yet, he discusses how the "visitors" might be either time travelers from our own planet's future or past, time travelers from other planets, or still other phenomena. I've noticed that the stressful "abduction" experience seems to have a high correlation with cancer, nervous breakdowns and other "episodic" disorders. Leading writers on the "abduction" experience develop cancer at a much higher rate than the general populace, as witness Dr. John Mack, Dr. Karla Turner, and other UFO writers. Dale Spaar, the Florida deputy sheriff who had a UFO encounter in the '60s, suffered a nervous breakdown. Yet, those potentially having such tremendous impact on the physical health of experiencers, "Abductions" or "encounters" may involve a connection with the unconscious and the archetypes that may have nothing to do with anything extra-terrestrial. Archetypes, according to Carl Jung, derive power from electromagnetic sources. There is also a possible electromagnetic mental connection to insect hives under certain conditions. (Strieber hints at this in Communion.) Indeed, the realm of possible phenomena to "explain" the "abduction" experience is vast, if not infinite.
I flash back to Strieber's experiences and speculations in Communion due to similar experiences I've had. Another interesting coincidence of his experiences with mine includes another incident that involves weird image that parallels one he has described.(3)
I recall that, on one of my birthdays, I had visited a local Scoutmaster's house. The Boy Scout leader was preparing to celebrate his son's birthday, which fell on my birthday. My mother had baked a birthday cake and there was a small party planned when I got back from my visit. As I recall, Tim was with me for part of this time.
Tim had a strange craving for cigarette ashes as a little boy. He also had a powerful craving for dark chocolate, caffeine, coffee or coffee-like substances. I can't help but wonder if this craving didn't feed his eventual craving for liquor. I've often noticed, for example, that many alcoholics seem also to be "coffee-holics." Could it be that the two cravings set one another off?
In any case, Tim enters and exits my recollection that day, apparently after he'd enjoyed some of my birthday cake, which was, of course, chocolate. But what is unique to my memories of that day is an image that I saw in a mirror.
I got the mirror after I had decided to experiment with optics for awhile after the birthday party was over. I got three small mirrors and began to line up images in them so that, in that odd optical illusion that can be produced with multiple mirrors, I'd achieved a multi-frame image, in which one mirror appeared within the other mirror's image. Thus, it came to appear that hundreds of mirrors were lined up in a row, when viewed in one mirror at a certain angle.
What I recall as strange about that day, however, was not the multiple mirrors in the reflection, since that has a conventional explanation. Rather, it was something else. In the center of that multiple mirror image was the reflection of a playing card. It was quite small, so small that I couldn't tell if it was a "jack" or a "king." It was either a diamond or a heart card, since I recall its being red.
What I recall next, still chills me. I looked up from the mirrors and began looking about the room for this card. I could find no card in the room. I remember going into the next room and asking my mother, who was watching TV, if she'd just come in and moved a deck of playing cards or a card out of the kitchen where I was. She said, "Haven't seen any cards lately."
What was even odder, was what seemed to be the "missing time" element. When I'd first come back from my friend's house (his father was the scoutmaster), I'd come straight into the house, since it was the middle of the afternoon and the day had gotten quite warm. I had decided to play with the mirrors inside the house instead of outside, for that reason. Speaking in terms of time, it was thus around 3:00, the middle or hot part of the afternoon, when I'd first returned from my friend's house. We spent about half an hour on birthday cake and my blowing out candles, and about forty-five minutes to an hour eating. Everyone had "split" from the kitchen except me, after that. I'd remained in the kitchen, playing with the three mirrors at the kitchen table.
That would mean that I had started playing with the mirrors at about 4:30 or maybe 5:00 p.m. At that time of the year, March 19, the sun doesn't really set until about 6:30 p.m. and darkness doesn't set in until well after 7:00.
However, what I recall about the afternoon after my birthday party was that it doesn't seem to exist. I got out the three mirrors at about 5:00 and started playing with them for what had seemed about 15 minutes. I can't really believe it was longer than that, since I was still a child and 15 minutes is a long time to a child. I'd noticed the "card" image in the mirror, gotten up to look around for the card and asked my mother in the next room, all in the space of what should have been about five minutes. Yet, what I immediately noticed, as I walked into the room to ask my mother about the card, was that it was now dark outside. The streetlights were on and I had to turn the kitchen light on to see when I walked back into the kitchen from the next room after asking her about the card.
In other words, almost immediately after I'd seen the "card" image in the mirror, between the time I saw it and the time I began to look around for the card and to ask my mother about it in the next room, there was about a two to three hour gap in time.
This, in itself doesn't sound odd: perhaps only a childhood recollection gone awry. There is no "alien" or "visitor" present, it would seem, to explain the gap in time. Yet, I wonder. I recall a passage in Whitley Strieber's Communion:
". . .The electricity was off. The burglar alarm was still working because it had battery backup--but apparently it meant little to them, [that is, the "visitors"--mcs] as they had entered the house without tripping it.
"When I turned my head back I confronted a sight so weird, I thought afterward that I did not know how to write about it. I still don't, so I am just going to plunge ahead.
"Beside my bed and perhaps two feet from my face, close enough to see it plainly without my glasses, was a version of the thin ones ["aliens" or "visitors"mcs], the type I have called 'her.' It was not quite right, though. Its eyes were like big, black buttons, round rather than slanted. It appeared to be wearing an inept cardboard imitation of a blue double-breasted suit [emphasis added], complete with a white triangle of handkerchief sticking out of the pocket. . . ." (Strieber 171).
In light of the missing time element, is it possible that I have a distorted recollection of a "visitor" encounter of my own? Do I recall a "card," when none existed in the room, because what I'd actually seen was a "visitor" in such a "cardboard imitation of a suit?" This adds to the number of parallels between my experiences and Strieber's and suggests that the "woman" that I often remember in distorted anger as "Gloria Steinem," may more nearly parallel the entity Strieber describes as "Ishtar" or Ishtar-like. A "visitor" female, possibly thousands of years old, with mythological and possibly archetypal traits, she seems either a product of some "collective unconscious" of humanity that we as yet do not understand, an extraterrestrial, or something even more inexplicable in known science. In any case, time certainly flew and there was no card in the room.
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Berlitz, Charles. The World of the Odd and the Awesome. New York: Fawcett, 1991. 39-40; 42-3
Childress, D. Hatcher. "Ancient Indian Aircraft Technology: Ancient Indian Flying Machines and the Nazis," The Anti-Gravity Handbook. Stelle, IL: Adventures Unlimited, 1997. Online. Rutgers Univ. archive. Internet. 11 Nov. 1993. Available. FTP: rutgers.edu/pub/ufo; or email@example.com; or alt.alien.visitors alt.paranet.ufo, or alt.paranet.science (Netcom On-line Communication Services). The reader should know that Childress tends not to believe that UFOs are extraterrestrial in origin. He belongs to a school of thought that alleges evidence suggesting UFOs are man-made devices without extraterrestrial input. See for example, Chldress's book Man-made UFOs: 50 Years of Suppression. (Kempton, IL: Adventures Unlimited, 1994): "Even if ufologists do not know or refuse to admit it, the Kugelblitz, older brother of the Feuerball antiradar device, is the second authentic antecedent of the present-day flying saucers and it is with them--and with other German devices of the same family (spinning bombs, lenticular bombs, ramming fighters, and flying spheres)--that the true history or, if you like, the 'prehistory' of the UFO question begins" (157). Childress believes, for example, that some Tibetan/Indian devices he cites were later duplicated from ancient documents by German scientists in World War II. Encyclopedia Britannica. Ed. Philip W. Goetz. 15th ed., rev., 32 vols. Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, 1993. Vol. 26, "Sumer and Sumerian."
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Mysteries of the Unexplained. Pleasantville, New York: Reader's Digest Assoc., 1982. 49-54.
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Von Daniken, Erich. Chariots of the Gods? New York: Putnam, 1969
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1. He goes on to note that Huang-ti had a "dragon" he used to ascend to the Sun that supposedly originated "in the land where suns are born," and was over three thousand years old. Most significant in these Chinese "myths," Stonehill notes, "is the notion that enormous speed has an effect on the movement of Time," in that it "staves off the aging process of the human organism." He notes that the Biography of Huang-ti states that a "dragon" covered myriads of miles in a day and that a human who rides it could reach an age of two thousand years, claiming it as a remarkable resemblance to Einstein's well-known concept of a light-speed space traveler who would age little compared to his counterparts on his home planet. Stonehill also speculates that Greek, Sumerian and Egyptian myths may also indicate cultural connections between the "fifth" civilization and them. Leo was the Nemean Lion sent by Hera to slay Hercules. As Hercules first labor, he killed the lion and when Hercules died the lion was returned to the celestial heavens with Hercules. Stonehill asks if the myths of the ancient Greeks originate in China and the "dragon" become a "lion". He also notes the Chaldeans (Sumerians) associated Leo with the sun since it was then in the sky during the summer solstice. Stonehill also notes that the Nile flooded around that time, making Leo important to the Egyptians, and that ancient Egypt worshiped the same celestial lion as those other, simultaneous ancient civilizations. "Huang-ti and. . .his assistants 'Chi Yu and his brothers'. . .had four eyes (at least, considered as such), six arms, or manipulators. The strangest of all was Chi Yu's head: it was made from copper. . .had a metallic forehead and. . . tridents in place of ears. . .
"There are Tao sources who state unambiguously that after one hundred years of his 'rule' Huang-ti returned to his home star. . .'Syuan Yuan.' [emphasis added]. . .identified by modern astronomers as. . .the Leo constellation. Its brightest star is. . . Regulus. . .[And] there exists, in the Regulus star system, a radio source that emits signals in metric wave bands. In our Solar system there is also such a source: Earth. . ."
2. *Mysteries of the Unexplained also provides some information of great interest to those who think that the "answer" to the Dogon's advanced astronomical knowledge was found in Carl Sagan's book The Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective (New York: Anchor, 1973), when Sagan seemingly provides a "conventional explanation" for the Dogon's knowledge:
". . .Sagan, while believing in the existence and capabilities of extraterrestrials, also believes that the evidence in this case points in a different direction. He agrees that the Dogon 'have knowledge impossible to acquire without the telescope. The straightforward conclusion is that they had contact with an advanced technical civilization. The only question is,' he says, 'Which civilization--extraterrestrial or European?'"
"Western astronomers first deduced the existence of Sirius B in 1844; it was not actually observed until 1862; and it was recognized as a white dwarf, incredibly dense and composed of "electron-degenerate matter," in 1928. All of this information is accurately expounded by the Dogon, but because their complex cosmology, including the Sirius B information, was not recorded by European anthropologists until the 1930's and 1940's, Sagan contends that the Dogon picked up that information from a passing European . . .as they spent an evening around the campfire swapping Sirius myths. . .At first glance this might seem a plausible scenario, but several crucial problems arise.
"The primary difficulty is that only the highest Dogon initiates are taught the secret calculations. The two French anthropologists, Marcel Griaule and Germaine Dieterlen, whose monograph "A Sudanese Sirius System" first described this phenomenon, were given the information only after a decade of work among the Dogon, when extraordinary mutual trust and affection had developed. Even so, the anthropologists had to piece the information together from several sources, since the highest-ranking priests were each responsible for only a part of this complex system of knowledge. Such carefully guarded secrets are not the stuff of campfire tales told to amuse strangers.
"Next, consider the high degree of accuracy in modern scientific terms. It is well known that preliterate societies do, in fact, have extremely accurate oral traditions, with stories handed down for hundreds of years. But the Dogon add a third star to the Sirius system, a star with a satellite in orbit around it. Since Western astronomy has no knowledge of such a star, what would account for the accurate retelling of one segment of the explorer's myth, in combination with a total fabrication of another segment?
The Mysteries of the Unexplained article goes on: "And in what language were the Dogon and our hypothetical explorer conversing? After all, communicating such sophisticated and precise scientific information to pretechnological people would be difficult even if there were a common language. Yet Griaule and Dieterlen [the two scientists who discovered the Dogon's Sirius knowledge] list the languages of their informants as Sanga and Wazouba; no mention is made of French or Arabic.
"Another European has his own explanation of the Sirius mystery as reported in 1973 in the Journal of the British Astronomical Association. Its author, W.H. McCrea, suggested that all the information the Dogon have about Sirius B could have been derived from a mirage of Sirius A observed over the desert during its annual heliacal setting (that is, when Sirius and the sun set together at almost the same time and at the same point on the horizon). At such a time, McCrea suggests, a mirage of Sirius A would be seen below the actual star. Setting first, theis "second star" would seem to be heavier than the main star; it would also seem fainter and, therefore, smaller.
"The defects in this attempted explanation are as follows: (1) McCrea is wrong in supposing that the Dogon saya that Sirius B is visible once a year; they claim no observations of the star. (2) McCrea says that Sirius A and its image would both seem red at the heliacal setting; the Dogon have never said that Sirius B is anything but white in color. (3) The mirage thesis does not explain why or how the Dogon acccurately describe an elliptical orbit for Sirius B. (4). Nor is their knowledge of the 50-year orbital period explained. McCrea admits this and can only suppose that the figure given by the Dogon is accurate by coincidence."
3. *One other interesting memory that I have about that house in Batesville which was the site of my "dream" about "people" around my bed, was that, from almost as soon as we moved into the house and throughout the years we lived there, I recall hearing an extremely faint, almost inaudible, "buzzing" sound. It sounded like what I would imagine a beehive or wasp or hornet nest would sound like from some distance away. Berlitz notes a similar incident in his book in a section entitled "The Home With A Hum." (73).
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