While the UFO phenomenon may have gained popularity in the second half of the 20th Century, there have been many cases documented that indicate that the phenomenon may actually have occured often over the centuries.
While the UFO phenomenon may have gained popularity in the second half of the 20th Century, there have been many cases documented that indicate that the phenomenon may actually have occured often over the centuries. While one of the more famous ancient UFO sightings could have been the possible sighting in the first chapter of Ezekiel, that was certainly not the only reference to strange flying objects. There have been many references to flying objects or vehicles in the Mahabharata and also various historical paintings over the centuries that clearly indicate that people of that time had either seen or heard of some kind of saucer-shaped craft. In many cases, the depictions in the paintings even suggest some kind of deep-rooted relationship between UFOs and religion.
Ezekiel Chapter 1 says "Behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the color of amber, out of the midst of the fire. Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; the had the likeness of a man. And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings." It also speaks of how these living creatures had wheels and how when they "were lifted up from Earth, the wheels were lifted up also." This account was written six hundred years before Christ. The Greeks and Romans have also written about such things like phantom chariots appearing in the night sky. During the reign of Charlemagne, there were many accounts of "tyrants of the air, and their aerial ships." Charlemagne was so concerned at these reports that those reporting these phenomenon were put to death. There is another case reported in the year 1270 from Bristol, England. A spaceship was seen, which landed and an occupant came down from a ladder and was suffocated in the Earth's atmosphere. No account however, of what happened to the occupant's body, or the spaceship...
In Asia there are older artwork with images that look like UFO´s.
UFO's In the Bible
Ancient Aircraft Vimana's
Ancient UFO Paintings
|"The Annunciation" by Carlo Crivelli, and hangs in the National Gallery, London. A disk shaped UFO-type object throwing down a beam of light down onto Mary's head, is shown in detail.|
|This painting is called "The Madonna with Saint Giovannino". It was painted in the 15th century. The Palazzo Vecchio lists the artist as unknown although attributed to the Lippi school.Above Mary's right shoulder is a disk shaped object. Below is a blow up of this section and a man and his dog can clearly be seen looking up at the object.|
|A fresco entitled "The Crucifixion" and was painted in 1350. The fresco is located above the altar at the Visoki Decani Monestary in Kosovo, Yugoslavia. The two objects in the painting, which could be considered UFO's, are enlarged below.|
|Saucer at the Tomb|
|Illustration From |
|The above picture shows Jesus and Mary on what appear to be disc-shaped lenticular clouds. It is titled "The Miracle of the Snow", by Masolino Da Panicale (1383-1440). It hangs at the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Florence, Italy.|
|More wheels! This picture shows a UFO sighting over Hamburg, Germany 4 November 1697. The objects were described as "two glowing wheels".|
|The Birth of Christ |
Greece 12th Century
|The Intercession of Christ and the Virgin |
|This is a renaissance illustration of a UFO sighting in Rome detailed in a book "Prodigiorum liber" by Roman historian Julio Obsequens - "Something like a sort of weapon, or missile, rose with a great noise from the earth and soared into the sky".|
Christian art, UFO crucifixion detail
A 17th century fresco from the Svetishoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta, Georgia. The two saucer shaped objects on either side of Christ contain faces, which can be seen in the detail image.
|The above illustration depicts a sighting that occurred at 9.45pm on the evening of 18th August 1783 when four witnesses on the terrace of Windsor Castle observed a luminous object in the skies of the Home Counties of England. The sighting was recorded the following year in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. According to this report, witnesses observed an oblong cloud moving more or less parallel to the horizon. Under this cloud could be seen a luminous object which soon became spherical, brilliantly lit, which came to a halt; This strange sphere seemed at first to be pale blue in colour but then its luminosity increased and soon it set off again towards the east. Then the object changed direction and moved parallel to the horizon before disappearing to the south-east ; the light it gave out was prodigious; it lit us everything on the ground.; The image was captured in this by Thomas Sandby (a founder of the Royal Academy) and his brother Paul, both of whom witnessed the event.|
|France 6th Century|
|"The Baptism of Christ", by Aert de Gelder, painted in 1710 and hangs in the Fitzwilliam Musuem, Cambridge. A disk shaped, UFO type object is shining beams of light down upon John the Baptist and Jesus.|
of the Eucharist
|"La Tebaide" by Paolo Uccello (painted c.1460-1465) |
The painting represents various scenes of monastic life: at the bottom left the Virgo appears to saint Bernard; above it a group of monks flagellate themselves in front of the Crucifix; in the middle, into a large grotto, there is saint Jerome praying in front of the Cross, while at the top saint Francis kneels down and receives the Stigmata. At the bottom right there is a representation of a saint preaching, probably saint Romuald.
According to some ufology authors, the red object appearing in the central grotto, at the right side of the Cross, is a flying saucer: «In the painting, set aside from the hill by means of a perspective effect, there is a saucer object, suspended into the air and surmounted by a red domed top. Red in color, the object comes out over the dark background by contrast. The dynamic movement of the flying object is rendered by means of light brush strokes, red in color again, which provide the effect of a sudden turn.» (NDR: excerpt from Edicolaweb, English translation by the author)
|"La Tebaide" by Paolo Uccello (painted c.1460-1465). The detail shows a suposed saucer shaped UFO seen near Jesus. The painting is in the Academy of Florence.|
At this point anyone with a minimum knowledge in history of the arts would recognize a cardinal hat (flaked cords are clearly visible). As a matter of facts the kneeling figure is saint Jerome, who was told to become an eremite after renouncing to the ecclesiastic career:
«according to one of the most common iconographical modules, Jerome in the desert flagellate his chest with a stone while kneeling down in front of a Crucifix or while reading the Holy Bible, in order to discover the gradual sequence of the divine revelation and its realization in Christ. The deposition of the purple vest symbolizes the abandon of the ecclesiastic life, full of duties and intellectual satisfactions as well as superb vanishing glory and the pharisaic conviction of a moral and cultural superiority.»
(http://www.cini.it/palazzocini/testi/ferrar/gero.html, English translation by the author)
|This image cames from the french book "Le Livre Des Bonnes Moeurs" by Jacques Legrand. You can find this book in Chantilly Condé's Museum ref 1338 ,297 part 15 B 8. Some people say that the sphere is a balloon but there was no balloon in france in 1338|
|The above image is entitled "The Assumption of the Virgin" by ANON. Painted c.1490. Once again notice the discoidal clouds.|
|This broadsheet picture by Samuel Coccius illustrates a UFO sighting over Basel, Switzerland in 1566. 'Large black Globes' appeared in the skies. It is held at the Wickiana Collection, Zurich Central Library.|
|The above image comes from the 10th Century Tibetan translation of the Sanskrit text "Prajnaparamita Sutra", held at a Japanese museum. In the enlargement you can see two objects that look like hats, but why are they floating in mid air ? also one of them appears to have port holes on it. Indian Vedic texts are full of descriptions of Vimanas. The Ramayana describes Vimanas as a double decked, circular or cylindrical aircraft with portholes and a dome. It flew with "the speed of the wind" and gave forth a "melodious sound".|
|detail of the above image|
|This is an illustration depicting a sighting of a burning wheel in the year 900 over Japan.|
|Mahabharata Karna's |
|Dragon Chariot |
|Bharadwaj the Wise |
|Shakyamuni Buddha |
On A Cloud