Weird History Instances of Extraterrestrial/Extra-dimensional Phenomena in Ancient History  

Kevin Bennett
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The UFO phenomenon is by no means new. Mankind has always had a passing - and sometimes integral - relationship with intelligences that are not of the human variety. Aliens in history span the globe. From ancient tribal tales among Australian Aborigines to the Nazca Lines of South America to the 15th century Madonna with Saint Giovannino, there are numerous instances of what definitely appear to be extraterrestrial phenomena in history. But are we really looking at aliens here?

Historians have begun to examine ufology in light of the history of extraterrestrial phenomena. Historical alien encounters seem to be numerous, when certain historical events are taken from the modern perspective. That said, though many vetted resources demonstrate a presiding force in the world emanating from beyond mankind's conventional space/time domain, does it necessarily follow that this force is from beyond our solar system as well? What if UFO phenomena weren't evidence of the extraterrestrial; what if they were instead evidence of the extra-dimensional?

Think of extra-dimensional phenomena like this: imagine a computer simulation program; like a jet simulator, or a car simulator. That simulation is a subset of a greater reality, and is designed to imitate that reality. But no matter how good the graphics get, they can never be more than a 2D illusion; they're not flesh-and-blood. A simulation world is not a real world. Now, take a step back. What if the world we live in were itself a subset of a greater reality? As our world is to the digital simulation, so the next world is to ours. Think Inception, but verified with quantum physics, which suggest the universe may in fact be a subset of a greater reality. With that in mind, ask yourself: what if historical extraterrestrial phenomena were in fact historical extra-dimensional phenomena?

The following list will explore ancient alien/extra-dimensional entity phenomena throughout history, and the premise that these beings may not be foreign to our solar system or planet but exist in another dimensional plane congruent to our own. This is an ancient history list, but it's going to start only several hundred years ago, and gradually dial it back to the dawn of man.

Glowing Wheels Over Hamburg, Germany in 1697


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Photo: Artist Unknown/Public Domain

In a piece of art traced to 1697, two strange, spherical objects break through the night sky over Hamburg, Germany. It's obvious what is being conveyed here smacks of the supernatural. The objects look like they could be an artist's rendition of what are today known as UFOs. These objects were described as "glowing wheels" at the time. And that, in a nutshell, is all that is known about them.

Except for something peculiar in the Bible. In the first chapter of Ezekiel, four cherubim are described, and these aren't your mother's little baby-faced cupid angels. Cherubim in the Biblical sense looked like something out of William Blake's worst delirium. They had four faces, four wings, and bovine feet. The faces were animal and human; a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle.

Ezekiel 1, 4-24 details these strange extra-dimensional creatures, and describes circular vessels accompanying the cherubim that bear a striking resemblance to those in this 1697 artwork. They are wheels-within-wheels that go forward and don't turn one direction or another, similar to a UFO zipping across the sky. What if the crosses in this rendering represent wheels-within-wheels, and the spheres are some sort of extra-dimensional impelling device?  

Now, about the four faces of the cherubim. These are likewise evidence of an extra-dimensional event. Consider this painting by Salvador Dali. Christ is crucified on a four-dimensional cube called a Hinton Hypercube, or tesseract. A tesseract is to a cube what a cube is to a square. In the same way that you can unroll a cube to look like a cross, Dali unpacked a tesseract to create a network of cubes in the shape of a cross. 

Is it possible cherubim likewise appear to us as strange horror-beasts because our dimensional perception is handicapped? What if, as the eight cubes of a tesseract exist in a way our mind cannot fathom, the four faces of a cherubim cannot be properly perceived by the human mind? Maybe the UFO phenomena we see is evidence of sub-dimensional perception compression. All that in mind: is it possible the people in 1697 saw not aliens, but extra-dimensional objects, and possibly even angels?

The French Saw Aliens and Put Them on Money in the 1680s


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Photo: Photographer Unknown/The Living Moon

Articles about an unidentified flying object on some French coins from the 1680s began appearing in 2005, and continued to appear into 2016. So what the hell is that thing? 

The Latin inscription on one of these coins reads: "Opportunus Adest," which translates to "It is here at an opportune time." Interestingly enough, an article in the Daily Mail references this coin as possibly being a French commemoration of the wheels-within-wheels from Ezekiel 1. So if that thing isn't a UFO, maybe it's an example of extra-dimensional phenomena. 

A counter argument, however, does exist. As it turns out, one of the coins in question shows the "UFO" blocking a fusillade of arrows, indicating that it's acting as some kind of shield. Is that shield meant to be a traditional bit of armament, or is the coin saying that extra-human forces acted to "shield" the French armies against attack? Maybe 17th century French shields looked a great deal like UFOs, and maybe there's more to it.  You'd need a time machine to know for sure.

Dutch Ships Maybe Run Across Cheribum in the 17th Century


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Photo: Artist Unknown/Public Domain

The artwork in question here is a painting attributed to Admiral Blaeu, supposedly from the classic Dutch atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive, Atlas Novus. The matter of decoding this work proves problematic from the start - while Willem Blaeu, a seminal Dutch cartographer, did indeed publish Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive, Atlas Novus, he was never an admiral, and the work in question doesn't seem to fit the aesthetic of the maps from that book

Problems with attribution aside, the work depicts two Dutch ships and a pair of circles in the sky, inside of which are human faces. Perhaps another Ezekiel iteration? The four faces in the midst of the circles appear a little differently than one might expect; but there are still four of them, constrained within several circles - circles that seem to be intersecting in an extra-dimensional way. Four faces and circles within circles sounds a lot like it could be a depiction of cherubim and their flying wheel apparatus. 

Of course, all of this begs the question, why would a cartographer insert a painting of an alien/extra-dimensional sighting at sea in an atlas designed as a reference text? 

An Alien Battle Over Nuremberg, Germany, 1561


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Photo: Hans Glaser/Public Domain

What is going on here? The sun looks as though he's unhappily enduring a gravity union strike during a city-sized game of jacks. What is that pointy black thing, a 2D Star Destroyer cruising over the city?

The explanation for this historical piece of art is one of three things: acid, aliens, or extra-dimensional forces. And back then, LSD hadn't been invented. In fact, good news here, no guesswork is needed: the image in question is a woodblock print created to illustrate an account of what appeared to be an aerial battle in the skies over Nuremberg, Germany (yes, Germany again) on April 14, 1561. 

To quote the account: "In the morning of April 14, 1561, at daybreak, between 4 and 5 am, a dreadful apparition occurred on the sun, and then this was seen in Nuremberg in the city, before the gates and in the country – by many men and women.

At first there appeared in the middle of the sun two blood-red semi-circular arcs, just like the moon in its last quarter. And in the sun, above and below and on both sides, the color was blood, there stood a round ball of partly dull, partly black ferrous color. Likewise there stood on both sides and as a torus about the sun such blood-red ones and other balls in large number, about three in a line and four in a square, also some alone. In between these globes there were visible a few blood-red crosses, between which there were blood-red strips, becoming thicker to the rear and in the front malleable like the rods of reed-grass, which were intermingled, among them two big rods, one on the right, the other to the left, and within the small and big rods there were three, also four and more globes.

These all started to fight among themselves, so that the globes, which were first in the sun, flew out to the ones standing on both sides, thereafter, the globes standing outside the sun, in the small and large rods, flew into the sun. Besides the globes flew back and forth among themselves and fought vehemently with each other for over an hour. And when the conflict in and again out of the sun was most intense, they became fatigued to such an extent that they all, as said above, fell from the sun down upon the earth ‘as if they all burned’ and they then wasted away on the earth with immense smoke. After all this there was something like a black spear, very long and thick, sighted."

Whether this was extraterrestrial or extra-dimensional is anyone's guess. Here's something to consider, though. Look at the city and fields in the foreground. They look very "realistic", as far as "realistic" could be depicted at that time in Nuremburg. It's obvious here that the artist(s) had an eye on accurately depicting the event as best they could--saving of course the sun's expression.