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Our esteemed colleague, Spanish UFO researcher Jose Antonio Caravaca has sent us a raft of pictures from various sources that preceded, by many years, the UFO craze that ensued 1947.
Señor Caravaca ties many of the images to his Distortion Theory – which can be found at his blog, which you can access by clicking HERE.
And I find many to precede some notorious sightings in the UFO literature, except for this one, well after the fact, by the artist, who didn’t know about the connection when he drew it I surmise:
1211 England, Gravesend, Kent: During a Sunday mass it is said that the congregation saw an anchor descend and catch on a tombstone in the churchyard. The churchgoers rushed outside to see a strange 'ship' in the sky, with people on board. One occupant of the vessel leaped over the side, but did not fall: 'as if swimming in water' he made his way through the air toward the anchor. The people on the ground tried to capture him. The man then 'hurried up to the ship.' His companions cut the anchor rope, and the ship then 'sailed out of sight.' The local blacksmith made ornaments from the abandoned anchor to decorate the church lectern.
Then there are the airship depictions that surfeited fictional science stories well before the sightings of the late 1890s and early 1900s:
How about the pre-Adamski scenarios:
Or the pre-Sonny Desvergers event of 1952:
And the Villas-Boas case of 1957:
Or the State Trooper Herbert Shirmer case of 1967:
And, of course, the Travis Walton “abduction” of 1975:
And all the other alleged abductions:
As you can see, there are images that may well have impacted UFO afflicted people neurologically, resulting in their experiences.
This is not to say that all UFO events are induced from images perceived and retained unconsciously, but it surely presumes that some were.
Jose Caravaca is developing a theory that explains much, not all perhaps, but much.
At any rate, I find the images interesting, and will provide many more upcoming…