Skeptics like to say that ufo sightings are only as much as our modern society makes them. Nowadays people see flying saucers made of metal whereas in the 1800's they were made of wood. They say the shapes have evolved over time and that ufo sightings are overplayed by the media, causing an even greater number of sightings. Nowadays, we have photos and video - both black and white - that show wierd objects in the sky. Many times the ufo sightings are not by 1 person in the wildnerness but by 1000's of people in a Metropolitan area. One thing we can be sure of is the fact that ufo sightings are not new to the 20th century - they've been happening since the ancient times! Although, there are other ancient writings and myths that could be included here, I've narrowed it down to 3 that hold a little more significance.
The First Recorded UFO Sighting - a Rock Carving!
The first recorded ufo sighting I have found so far dates all the way back to about 47,000 years ago. On an island in the Hunan province of China, there appear cylindrical objects (cigar-shaped spacecrafts) and their wierd, possibly extraterrestrial, occupants carved into a granite mountain and some rocks. I can't find a picture of the carvings for the life of me. If somebody knows where I can find one, let me know.
The First Written UFO Account - Ancient Egypt
As mentioned before, there are several other candidates for the first written account which can probably be assigned to ancient Sumerian texts, but this one I find more along the lines of an unknown object in the sky. It was found on Egyptian papyrus during the reign of Thutmose III - 1504-1450 B.C.:
In the year 22, of the 3rd month of winter, sixth hour of the day...the scribes of the House of Life found it was a circle of fire that was coming in the sky.... It had no head, the breath of its mouth had a foul odor. Its body one rod long and one rod wide. It had no voice. Their hearts became confused through it; then they laid themselves on their bellies.... They went to the Pharaoh...to report it. His Majesty ordered...[an examination of] all which is written in the papyrus rolls of the House of Life. His Majesty was meditating upon what happened. Now after some days had passed, these things became more numerous in the skies 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 the fire circles. The army of the Pharaoh looked on with him in their midst. It was after supper. Thereupon, these fire circles ascended higher in the sky towards the south.... The Pharaoh caused incense to be brought to make peace on the hearth.... And what happened was ordered by the Pharaoh to be written in the annals of the House of Life...so that it be remembered for ever.
(Brinsley Le Poer Trench - The Flying Saucer Story, Reader's Digest - Mysteries of the Unexplained)
The First Official Investigation
The first official ufo investigation by a military can be attributed to Japan in the year 1235. On the night of September 24, General Yoritsume and his army observed some mysterious lights in the sky. The lights were seen for many hours - circling, swinging and moving in loops. The general ordered a "full-scale scientific investigation" of the lights. The report he received did nothing but explain away the phenomenon - "...the whole thing is completely natural, General. It is...only the wind making the stars sway."
(Jacques Valle - Passport to Magonia)
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