"To reason, one must wonder." —Gian Quasar
►►This is the second in a series of NCSI documents on the subject of UFOs and Ufology. If you have not yet read the first one, you can find it here: Intro to Ufology◄◄
In the previous post in this series, we concluded with a promise to publish Part 2 within a day or so, and that it would focus on the "Modern Era" of Ufology.
Here we are, several weeks later, finally posting Part 2. Since we have already broken the timeframe part of the promise, we have decided to make it a clean break and change the subject of the post as well.
Some readers have utilized the large amount of time between posts to ask why we used the term "Modern Era" for something that, as far as they knew, was purely a modern phenomenon and therefore needed no distinction from past eras. As such, this post will focus on answering that question using one of our favorite question-answering techniques here at NCSI: rendering the question irrelevant by showing that one of its assumptions is invalid. To do that, we need to give a brief demonstration of historical UFO references stretching back into antiquity.
Enough small talk, let's get to it.
"The globes, crosses and tubes began to fight one another, and this went on for an hour. Then they all fell to earth, as if on fire, and faded slowly away producing a lot of steam. Afterwards, a black spear-like object was seen, and the whole event was taken to be a divine warning."The woodcut is currently held at the Zurich Central Library, which also holds the following image in the same file:
This particular account details the Saxon Crusaders siege of the French at Sigiburg Castle. The Saxon army had surrounded the castle, and the siege was well under way when objects described as "flaming shields" began to appear in the skies above the castle(and specifically the castle church, as duly reported by the faithful clergy). The Saxons apparently assumed the objects were there to assist the French, and the entire army dropped the siege and fled, while the French stood at the ramparts and hurled jeers, curses, cows, and insults involving hamsters and elderberries.
We here at NCSI have taken particular interest in this image because of the glyphs on the upper right, which were apparently seen either on or inside the ship.
Rendlesham will be detailed later in this series of NCSI docs. For now, we only want to look at the glyphs from the Rendlesham report from Halt's field notes, which were later digitally reproduced and blown up for study by a cryptologist(who also gave a very interesting report on the glyphs, which we will return to along with the Rendlesham incident).
More from Japan. This one is an illustration of reports of a "burning wheel" sighted over Japan in the year 900.
The Mahabharata tells of conflicts between gods who are said to have settled their differences apparently using weapons as lethal as those we have now. Apart from 'blazing missiles', the poem records the use of other deadly weapons. 'Indra's Dart' (Indravajra) operated via a circular 'reflector'. When switched on, it produced a 'shaft of light' which, when focused on any target, immediately 'consumed it with its power'.
In one passage of the Mahabharata, the hero, Krishna, is pursuing his enemy, Salva, in the sky, when Salva's Vimana, the Saubha, is made invisible in some way. Undeterred, Krishna immediately fires off a special weapon: "I quickly laid on an arrow, which killed by seeking out sound". Many other terrible weapons are described, quite matter-of-factly, in the Mahabharata, but the most fearsome of all is the one used against the Vrishis. The narrative records:
In the Sanskrit Samarangana Sutradhara (Literally, "controller of the battlefield"), it is written, "Strong and durable must the body of the Vimana be made, like a great flying bird of light material. Inside one must put the mercury engine with its iron heating apparatus underneath. By means of the power latent in the mercury which sets the driving whirlwind in motion, a man sitting inside may travel a great distance in the sky. The movements of the Vimana are such that it can vertically ascend, vertically descend, move slanting forwards and backwards. With the help of the machines human beings can fly in the air and heavenly beings can come down to earth."
Here are a few more such images for your viewing pleasure. Some may or may not be simply religious iconography. Even so, they delineate an ongoing interest and cultural acknowledgement of extraordinary events in the skies.
With that, we feel we have successfully defined several pre-modern eras of Ufology, and can therefore move on to the next document in this NCSI series, "Ufology Part III: The Modern Era." History has shown us that this phenomenon, whatever it may be, has been with mankind for a very long time, but only now are we beginning to approach a technological sophistication with which we might begin to find some real answers, and so we shall take a look at the recent history of sightings up to the present day.
History has also taught us that it might be best not to give out promises as to the release of the next part in this series...so we will say only that it is already in the works, and it will be released. Until then....keep your eyes on the skies!