Jason Colavito has a lengthy, but worthwhile (as usual) post on Rice University Prof. Jeffrey’s Kripal’s claim for UFOs in medieval art. Kripal shows his unfamiliarity with the work of art historian Diego Cuoghi on this matter. PaleoBabble readers should be familiar with Cuoghi’s site by now — it’s the major repository for showing what these objects in medieval and Renaissance paintings really are (via similar examples).
Kripal points gullible followers to the Madonna Col Bambino E San Giovannino (“Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John”):
Cuoghi’s site of course discusses this painting. He draws on plenty of analogies to demonstrate that, contra Kripal, it’s not a UFO.
Dr. Kripal should just stick to what he does best — promoting Gnosticism.
At the corner house on Greenwood Circle there are tiny, terrestrial tokens of extraterrestrial enthusiasts. From the license plate on the car out front, to the collection of movies, Christmas ornaments, and books inside.
Ellen DeAngelis has had a fascination with outer space stuff since high school.
“I’m more of an ancient astronaut theorist than I am like an Area 51 conspiracy theorist,” she explains.
Recently, Ellen’s alien affection has expanded to the backyard.
Continue reading Close ‘Hen’-counters of the Third Kind at Alien UFO Sightings.
These spots might not have been crafted by extraterrestrials, but that doesn’t mean they’re not out of this world.
As such, some suggest the ancient builders of the Egyptian pyramids, the Nasca lines, and others were following an extraterrestrial instruction manual. Perhaps the hands that crafted these sites weren’t really of this world.
To be sure, it’s fun to think about whether aliens have visited Earth. After all, humans are on the threshold of expanding our reach in space, and places like Mars are in our sight.
Continue reading 7 Ancient Sites Some People Think Were Built by Aliens at Alien UFO Sightings.
Tallay Ornan’s important book, The triumph of the symbol: Pictorial representation of deities in Mesopotamia and the biblical image ban, is now available as a PDF for free download. Here’s the abstract:
This book analyzes the history of Mesopotamian imagery from the mid-second to mid-first millennium BCE. It demonstrates that in spite of rich textual evidence, which grants the Mesopotamian gods and goddesses an anthropomorphic form, there was a clear abstention in various media from visualizing the gods in such a form. True, divine human-shaped cultic images existed in Mesopotamian temples. But as a rule, non-anthropomorphic visual agents such as inanimate objects, animals or fantastic hybrids replaced these figures when they were portrayed outside of their sacred enclosures. This tendency reached its peak in first-millennium Babylonia and Assyria. The removal of the Mesopotamian human-shaped deity from pictorial renderings resembles the Biblical agenda not only in its avoidance of displaying a divine image but also in the implied dual perception of the divine: according to the Bible and the Assyro-Babylonian concept the divine was conceived as having a human form; yet in both cases anthropomorphism was also concealed or rejected, though to a different degree. In the present book, this dual approach toward the divine image is considered as a reflection of two associated rather than contradictory religious worldviews. The plausible consolidation of the relevant Biblical accounts just before the Babylonian Exile or, more probably within the Exile – in both cases during a period of strong Assyrian and Babylonian hegemony – points to a direct correspondence between comparable religious phenomena. It is suggested that far from their homeland and in the absence of a temple for their god, the Judahite deportees adopted and intensified the Mesopotamian avoidance of anthropomorphic pictorial portrayals of deities. While the Babylonian representations remained confined to temples, the exiles would have turned a cultic reality – i.e., the non-written Babylonian custom – into a written, articulated law that explicitly forbade the pictorial representation of God.
According to many UFO-logists, within the Temple of Seti I in Abydos there exists glyphs which depict highly developed crafts, specifically a helicopter, a submarine, some form of flying saucer, and a jet plane. What do these hieroglyphs really represent? The glyphs are a result of both erosion of the stone surface (evident elsewhere in […]
Did an evil race of Nazi aliens land on earth and carve this Swastika-shaped crop circle? No, of course not – but it’s nevertheless led to a pretty interesting discussion online. The enormous symbol – today synonymous with Adolf Hitler’s fascist dictatorship of the 1930 and 40s – was discovered in a field in Beckhampton, Wilthsire. Drone […]
A disturbing discovery was made inside an underground complex of caves, in Mexico, near the boundary between Veracruz and Puebla states. Jada stones were found with engravings that seem to represent ufo and aliens. Just a little detail: the stones would go back to Mayan times and could be a confirmation (should the studies that […]
The landmark Steven Spielberg film is being remastered for 4K. Movie audiences are getting another close encounter. Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind is hitting theaters for one week beginning Sept. 1 in honor of the film’s 40th anniversary. Sony Pictures has remastered the director’s cut in 4K for theaters in the U.S. and Canada. It will have […]
To take a walk in this park, you may need some swim fins and a diving mask. Every year, a park in the foothills of Austrian Hochschwab mountains, turns into a massive pool with all of its footpaths and benches submerged under water. Fear not, says photographer Marc Henauer, it’s not a cataclysm. Rather an unusual natural phenomenon caused by […]
Check out this sneak peek at some of the props and costumes from the upcoming Alien: Covenant… As a lover of practical effects in his movies, it’s clear that Scott’s passion for his Alien series has culminated in the creation of this beautifully designed film, which is echoed in the careful design of each of […]