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Influence of Extraterrestrial UFOs on the History of Mankind

Vishwas Purohit
Extraterrestrials, unidentified flying objects (UFO's), aliens, and non-conventional evolution theories have been viewed with distrust over the centuries. Here's a brief overview of the influence of extraterrestrial UFO's in the history of mankind.
Multiple proofs exist that the interaction of such creatures with the human race over the ages, have influenced us in one way or another. The influence can be seen in ancient texts, carvings, as well as the Egyptian and Indian culture.
Numerous ancient stone carvings, rock paintings, and mysterious monuments throughout the world hint that extraterrestrials (E.T.s) may have visited this planet in the distant past.
Granite carvings in Hunan, Asia, for example, show human figures gazing into the sky at hovering, cylindrical objects on which other people are standing. These look much like today's UFO reports.
The only problem is, these carvings are dated around 45,000 BC. Petroglyphs in Toro Muerto, Peru, show figures with large transparent helmets. These rock carvings are dated around 11,000 BC. On the Tassili plateau in the Sahara Desert are sculpted rock figures, also with large, round heads, like helmets.
These statues date back to around 6000 BC. Figures carved into the rock in Lomoukai, Nambu Province in Africa depict figures in what appear to be modern spacesuits.
These carvings are dated to around 4300 BC. Another example comes from the Australian Aborigines. Numerous ancient rock paintings depict short, robed figures with large staring eyes and huge, helmet-like heads, again the typical description of an extraterrestrial.
These images are known to be 3,000 years old. More clues come from a wide variety of cultures. An early Colombian artifact looks almost exactly like the space shuttle. A clay sculpture from a pre-Japanese culture shows what looks like an astronaut inside a pressurized spacesuit. Both of these artifacts are at least 3,000 years old.
Why do so many different cultures across the world create these strange figures? Could aliens and UFO's have inspired them? Interestingly, many early cultures have myths and legends about wise Godlike beings that came from the sky to teach humanity.
Mysterious places like Easter Island, Stonehenge, the Egyptian pyramids, and countless others have also generated years of debate about how they came to exist. While some researchers have speculated that these creatures may have helped to construct these monuments, most modern researchers believe that humans built them.
There are tantalizing clues, however, that some of these creations may have been inspired by visiting extraterrestrials. One example that stands out above all the other places is a mysterious desert plateau in Nazca, Peru. This 500-square-mile volcanic plateau contains artwork by an unknown creator (or creators).
There are hundreds of markings on the plateau - including animal figures, such as monkeys, spiders, whales, and various birds, as well as geometric designs, patterns, and lines - that can only be seen from high up in the air.
These markings are more than 2,000 years old, predating both the Incan and Mayan empires. Therefore, the question remains: Who made these markings that can only be seen from the air, and why? Could they have been inspired by UFO's? The Nazca mystery remains unsolved.

UFOs in Ancient Egypt and India

Fortunately, there are more than just pictures and carvings that record early UFO visitations. On an ancient Egyptian papyrus dated 1504 BC is one of the earliest-known written records of a UFO encounter. It was written during the reign of the Egyptian pharaoh Thutmose III, and is now at the Egyptian museum at the Vatican.
The hieroglyphics were translated by Egyptologists, and tell an amazing story. One day a group of Egyptian citizens observed "a circle of fire that was coming from the sky." The people became frightened and threw themselves to the ground. A few days later, the strange objects returned.
According to the document, "Now after some days had passed, these things became more numerous in the sky than ever. They shone more in the sky than the brightness of the sun, and extended to the limits of the four supports of the heavens ... Powerful was the position of these fire circles."
Texts from Ancient India also provide suggestions of UFO activity. More than 5,000 years old and written in ancient Sanskrit, these texts describe flying ships, called vimánas , or sky-boats. The researcher Richard Thompson has studied hundreds of such accounts, and writes that the vimánas have "many features reminiscent of UFOs."
Early cultures might have had trouble understanding the phenomenon of UFOs, but they found the activity important enough to record. In each case, the observers interpreted UFOs in the context of their own culture.

Biblical UFOs

Even the Bible mentions possible extraterrestrial encounters. The "Wheels of Ezekiel" described in the Bible contains many parallels to modern-day UFO reports. The incident took place in 593 BC, and appears in the beginning of the New Testament.
Ezekiel was alone when he saw a "a great cloud with brightness round about it, and fire flashing forth constantly, and in the midst of the fire, as it were gleaming bronze."
Ezekiel also observed strange wheels within wheels and other details that sounded very much like a machine. Researcher Josef Blumrich wrote a book, The Spaceships of Ezekiel (1974) , theorizing that Ezekiel encountered actual aliens.
Another example from the Bible is Elijah's ascension in a "chariot of fire." Some researchers speculate that the chariot of fire is actually a UFO. This has also led to speculation that some reports of angels may actually refer to these outside creatures.

UFOs in Roman Times

It wasn't until Roman times that historians began to keep detailed records of UFO encounters. The Roman writer Julius Obsequens was one of the world's first UFO investigators.
He began recording strange events in the year 222 AD, when two Roman consuls observed "a great light, like day, at midnight, when three moons appeared in quarters of the sky distant from each other."
In 216 AD, he wrote of another sighting: "Things like ships were seen in the sky over Italy. At Arpi, a round shield was seen in the sky ... At Capua, the sky was all on fire, and one saw figures like ships."
Obsequens eventually recorded dozens of accounts, often referring to the strange objects as shields, ships, or burning torches - all objects that were familiar to people in Roman society at the time. Another early researcher was the German scholar Lycosthenes, who recorded numerous UFO sightings over Europe.
The following account comes from the year 457 AD: "Over Brittany, France, a blazing thing like a globe was seen in the sky. Its size was immense, and on its beams hung a ball of fire like a dragon out of whose mouth proceeded two beams, one of which stretched beyond France, the other reached towards Ireland, and ended in fire, like rays."
In the year 796, "Small globes were seen circling around the sun." And in the year 919, "A thing like a burning torch was seen in the sky, and glistening balls like stars moved to-and-fro in the air over Hungary."
Another sighting that cannot be easily explained occurred in 1168: "A globe of fire was seen moving to-and-fro in the air on 20 March." Some of the early accounts match up perfectly with today's reports.
In the year 1290, for example, the abbot and monks at Begeland Abbey in England observed a "flat, round, shining, silvery object" that flew over the abbey, causing" utmost terror."
All these sightings influenced the thinking of the historians all over the world, and made us ponder over the ancient belief in Gods and angels. Unknown phenomenon could be easily explained by religion, and would pass over the supernatural realm.