A real UFO abduction?
The Carl Higdon 1974 episode fascinates.
Mr. Higdon, an oil driller, recounted (as Coral and Jim Lorenzen reported) that he was confronted, while hunting elk in Medicine Bow National Forest, by a “man” who called himself Ausso, and ended up inside a “transparent cubicle” -- eventually transported to Ausso’s world.
(The full story can be found online – use Google – or in such tomes as The Encyclopedia of Extraterrestrial Encounters, Edited by Ronald D. Story.)
It seems that many ufologists have dismissed the Higdon event as fiction, or delusional.
But Higdon’s detailed account has elements found in other “out-of-world” transportations, and we doubt that Higdon had any familiarity with the stories that are very much like his.
And those other stories did not originate in the UFO literature.
Two episodes of Higdon-like transportations appear in Jewish Pseudepigrapha; the first in The Book of Enoch and the second in The Book of the Secrets of Enoch where Enoch, who is scantily mentioned in The Hebrew Bible (The Old Testament), is taken up into other worlds by an alien or other-worldly being, and experiences people and places similar to those seen by Carl Higdon.
Higdon: Given “pills” as food, saw animals (elk) he was hunting in forest when confronted by Ausso, taken up to the heavens (from which he saw the Earth below), taken (after he “landed”) to a high tower where he saw a brilliant, rotating light, heard buzzing sound, saw gray-haired man, young girls and ephebic boys dressed in regular clothes, scrutinized by a wall from which sprang a glassy shield, told he wasn’t what “aliens” needed, and had an overwhelming disorientation after the experience.
Enoch: Taken by “others” to a place of luminaries, saw (normal) men, saw Heaven’s pillars and their fiery lights, saw brilliant stones and ornaments, and all the beasts of the Earth, fed milk and honey, saw “angels’ who had “no difference in their faces, or behavior, or manner of dress,” came near a wall built of crystals, saw a great light, became “afraid, and began to tremble with great terror,” returned to Earth to write of experience.
There are other accounts, Biblical, that mimic Higdon’s sojourn: the Ezekiel vision [Ezekiel 10 ff.] and the transportation of Elias [4 Kings 2:11]
But there are similarities in other various literatures and mythologies, such as that of Phaeton [Bullfinch, Chapter V] taken to the palace of the Sun, aloft on glittering columns with silver doors. And he saw nymphs, whose “faces were not alike nor yet unlike – but such as sisters ought to be.” And he saw the animals of the gods. Phaeton looked down upon the Earth. After a chariot test, he is told he is not favored by the gods, is thrown from a lofty tower and smitten by Jupiter’s lighting bolt, falling to Earth, dead.
An African myth – The Son of Kim-ana-u-eze – in African myths and Tales [Dell, 1963, page 87 ff.] relates how the son of Kim-ana-u-eze is raised up to the lofts of the moon and sun, is fed, has intercourse with (normal) people, is surrounded by beasts, and has occasion to experience things similar to what Higdon experienced.
Many subliminal UFO abduction tales contain “details” common to the Higdon story, and those found in mythological, medieval accounts, and especially religious experiences, often called ecstasy or rapture fervor.
But the common elements bespeak something other than a borrowing of “details.” The works are to disparate in time and place, and the “details” are arcane usually.
Higdon could have known about the Enoch literature, but that seems unlikely, as the Enochian literature wasn’t and still isn’t well-known. Also, Higdon’s account is just dissimilar enough to rule out “plagiarism.”
Moreover, Higdon, didn’t try to capitalize on his “adventure” – either monetarily or notoriously. He preferred to seek an explanation, ultimately hiding out from curiosity seekers, as Timothy Green Beckley noted in his account.
And the story told by Higdon, as bizarre as it appears on its face, has a patina of truth about it; the phantasmagorical aspects are too mundane.
So something happened to Carl Higdon. It was a relatively long time ago, as such things go, but the tale may contain a clue as to what ufologists should be dealing with when they get away from the nuts-and-bolts part of the UFO phenomena.
After all, UFOs, as we keep relating, are not just one thing; they are many, and some UFOs, or abductions, may have nothing to do with extraterrestrials as we understand the term in its SciFi context.