In the history of the world there have been many periods of advanced enlightenment, the most intellectually compelling being the ancient Greek Scientific Awakening and the Renaissance of Italian History, though certainly there have been more periods of social development than most are aware. Each step of cultural evolution has brought with it an influx of new ideas, altered perceptions and changing social tides. In recent history, much like our ancient history, our ancestors of the turn of the 20th Century witnessed such revolution in the form of war, scientific and technological advance, political strife and even mass emigration from areas whose controlling factions resist such change.
Alas, humanity has a selectively narrow focus and relatively short attention span; we see the changing tides of social evolution as a new and frightening phenomenon, though if we, collectively, were able to look past our own selfish perspective, we might notice that violent and tumultuous change is a species characteristic for mankind, one well document through the works of great philosophical, artistic and scientific masters.
Through the many ages of the earth – through the countless environmental, biological and even structural changes witnessed by man and by the innumerable species of life that our planet has therein been endowed – some suggest that our history has been permeated with a presence, a constant element through time, of an other-worldly companion that may be depicted through the most stunningly beautiful artworks of Antiquity. Those who would make such a suggestion have gone further on occasion, they sometimes go so far as to say that even a cursory study of the art history of our global community exposes the watchful presence of someone not-of-this-world.
That someone being the stereotypical extraterrestrial influence so popularly bandied about in internet forums and on blogs such as this one.
While we use the infantile term, ‘Unidentified Flying Object’, as a label to form the syntax of our limited understanding, I think it hardly does justice to the scope of UFO phenomenon in our history. This isn’t necessarily to say that every photo, every painting and every out-of-focus video is evidence of a greater conspiracy of aliens among us. What follows is simply an examination of what many claim is an ever present cultural companion in extraterrestrial intelligence.
Regardless of our ability to understand the relationship between humanity and these so-called visitors, the artefacts of their existence may lay hidden in the fresco that is our colourful prehistoric, ancient religious and Renaissance art history. The inclusion of UFO imagery in such great and studied pieces as those offered below is obviously not limited to any one race, sect or region of the globe. For some it may not be necessary to suggest, but for those who would be sceptical of the following views, I ask simply that you try, in earnest, to suspend your disbelief and to consider the far reaching implications of what follows. It would be easy to dismiss this thread of apparent connection between the ages and between many, many cultures on earth, but I ask only that you Sceptics leave your autodebunking nature by the wayside temporarily. In any event, regardless of what you may believe is depicted in the following presentations, the artwork is stunning and worthy of awareness.
From early Sumerian depictions (between 4,000 and 5,000 BC) of Gods in strange dress, using what should have been unknown tools and objects, as well as Sumerian figurines of what are, presumably, alien greys and even reptilians; to ancient Nepalese (approximately 7,000 BC) ceremonial plates depicting alien and UFO story lines.
Reaching even further into the past, we can see what appears to be the influence of technology depicted in cave drawings (Italy – approximately 10,000 BC); the above slide show brings into focus, a plethora of prehistoric evidence for the argument of extraterrestrial influence on early earth cultures. We can clearly see, as each slide passes before us, that no race of culture on the globe has been spared. We see examples of alien influenced art from Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Japan, Australia, China, Tanzania, and the Americas; pieces which span a swath of history longer than 11,000 years.
One might, if they had not heeded my earlier request for humility, argue on the infallible scope of the human imagination. They might cite the vast array of zany, whimsical and often incomprehensibly odd examples of prehistoric and even modern art that are clearly not influenced by UFO’s or extraterrestrials. While I would not hesitate to agree that in the vast majority of cases, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, especially when it comes to certain periods of artistic development, I find it more difficult to agree with anyone denying a certain consistency depicted in these images.
As will be illustrated in the following slideshow of more modern examples of such art, some of the more masterful works of religious artisans demand a more critical examination.
We know, as history tells us, that religious art holds a duality that can be deceiving. The masters were keen to mix metaphor with truth, to show the face of one thing while offering a key to another. Oppression of religious, artistic and personal freedom forced artisans, during enlightenment periods of our history, to conspire against their patrons and to building dual meaning into nearly every piece. Seldom does a painting or sculpture offer only one perspective. Yet throughout history, great works of religious significance seem to betray their true meaning to subtle and cryptic messages of what can easily be interpreted as alien influence.
I invite you to spend some time viewing and reviewing the above images, for they are profound in their content and meaning. Each image on its own can, for the most part, easily be explained away, though collectively one begins to see an inescapable pattern. I refrain from a piece-by-piece examination and critique as all who read this are capable of the same on their own, though to offer my perspective on the phenomenon in its entirety seems fitting.
What strikes me immediately is the remarkable consistency, we are viewing a collection of artworks with origins spanning nearly the entire length of human culture – more than 12,000 years – and in that period there seems to have been no drastic change in the portrayal of these alien elements. Disks, saucers, fireballs and spacesuits (arguably), as well as tools and possibly weapons which seem to be inconsistent with the period from which the images come. There seems to be a complete inventory of science fiction technology readily available throughout the art-history of humanity.
I believe that there remain a certain number of alternate explanations for this cross-cultural, globally historic phenomenon. Would persons of prehistoric, Renaissance or even Medieval mindsets view stratospheric events that are completely natural with similar or divergent imagery? I tend to think that depictions of cosmic events (which might explain a portion of the imagery found) would take on drastically different interpretations between the various ages and regions in question, though the above artworks don’t seem to show such divergence. Some have said that the scientific principal of Occam’s Razor should be applied – the simplest explanation, however fanciful and strange, is the most likely. However, the reality of such conspiratorial questions is of course, that it is better for one to make up ones own mind, until better evidence is available.
Unfortunately, since the arrow of time points only in one direction, we aren’t likely to be privy to any new evidence in this regard. As such, I invite you only to consider the various implications presented above, using your own intellect and intuition to determine the answer for yourself.