UFO Conjecture(s)

Sunday, February 05, 2012

ETs stalking primitive tribesmen?

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In a cave, Tan Zoumaitak, at Tassili in Ajjer, part of the Algerian Sahara, are drawings by primitive peoples, one of which appears above.

Does the depiction show extraterrestrials (upper, middle left and lower right) mingling or stalking desert tribes people after embarking from a flying saucer (lower right)?

One can make the conjecture, and some Ancient Astronaut theorists will, but is there another explanation?

The cave “painting” dates to a period circa 6000-7000 B.C.

The article by Dr. Giorgio Gualco notes the paintings found in the area and caves seem to depict “little demons with thread-like bodies” along with “gigantic figures found in Jabbaren” – “Jabbaren in the Tuaregh language means ‘giants’ and in fact one can find several figures of very large size there.”

Dr. Gualco continues, “it is therefore thought [that these figures] represents a god related to a fertility cult.”

Do the paintings indicate “giants” or diminutive entities” – like the greys reported in recent UFO encounters?

Or do the paintings represent imaginary depictions of gods? And why would gods become a mental fixation, of primitive minds, worthy of being noted on a cave wall?

Other “paintings” from the Rock Paintings of Tassili:




Can Spanish researcher Jose Caravaca’s Distortion Theory account for the depictions?

Does Nick Redfern’s hypnagogic suggestion apply?

Or do we see what the primitive painter saw?

That is, have we a representation that represents a reality that isn’t imaginative or artistic but, rather, a reported event, put down for posterity using techniques of the time?

No one knows, not anthropologists or Ancient Astronaut theorists or UFO buffs?



  • Outside of a knowledge of shamanic tradition and practice, the images are lodged between the Id and Animus.
    There are no spacemen here outside of the need to have them.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Sunday, February 05, 2012  

  • Frank
    I don't know if you saw this film but "The Cave of Forgotten Dreams" by Werner Herzog was shot in Imax in a cave in France that has the oldest recorded images made by human beings and explores how they, not us saw, the world of nature. It is remarkable to say the least. You would probably enjoy it, if you have not seen it already.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Sunday, February 05, 2012  

  • I’m an ingrained reactionary when it comes to cave art being seconded to ufology. Ever since the 50s, various ufologists, researchers and commentators have sought to buttress the notion of alien visitors by conscripting everything that catches their fancy.

    As such, it’s been open season on the figures and shapes found on rock surfaces across time and space. Shamanic figures that are still evident in tribal customs today are shrugged off as being somehow less probable than aliens. Abstract conceptions of spirits are likewise deemed unlikely. Hell, even the possibility that some figures are actually bad art by poor artists is given short shrift.

    To me, it’s part of a broader MO that casts its net across the art world without making the effort to review the context. Representations of the sun and moon become spaceships. Taken further, some of the worse protagonists usurp the pyramids and standing stones into their shonky world-view that aliens have been a defining influence in everything and that human endeavours are illusory.

    Whatever our distant ancestors were seeking to share with their friends and families is lost to time. Their paintings and carvings are often beautiful and connect us to a time when the world was a much bigger place, but we can’t know for sure what their artwork was intended to say. However, if we pay attention to the traditions of modern tribes (aboriginal, NA, South American etc) and anthropology it becomes far more likely that the figures are expressions of their culture…minus the aliens.

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Sunday, February 05, 2012  

  • Mr. Kandinsky,

    Thank you for staying on topic. As my father, Rich, warns us Ann Arbor bloggers, placing anything online here at this blog will bring forth a raft of tangential comments, as has happened above, but not from you.

    Since Rich is Superbowling it in Indianapolis as a guest of NBC, for whom he consults, I thought I'd try to make headway at this blog, but that was not to be, until your comment.

    Thank you again.

    I understand that my colleague Maxwell has disallowed a few comments, but it seems a few sneaked through.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, February 05, 2012  

  • Nice to meet you Josh.

    Does 'removed by the author' mean the poster deleted it? I saw one of the posts and it was on-topic thereabouts.

    I hope your father enjoys his evening away from the blog. In 60 odd years, nothing has happened to justify staying away from a good sporting event.

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Sunday, February 05, 2012  

  • Maybe of interest (if anyone's not read it already) - Le Quellec's Tassili-relevant article "SHAMANS AND MARTIANS" posted at:


    As one who first heard the notion of "Ancient Astronauts" in the 1960's, via von Daniken ... I was surprised to learn about the role Tassili rock art seems to have played in this, back to the 1950's.

    Seems the Round Head phase of Tassili rock art was named (with 'wink wink' tongue-in-cheek) in reference to standard cartoon depictions of UFO occupants, or 'men from Mars' etc -- with large round heads.

    I didn't realize Ancient Astronaut Theory (apparently) originated as, basically, a descriptive analogy, wryly humorous. I assume Von Daniken might have even gotten his 'serious' version of the idea, from its earlier 'just kidding' debut.

    Begging kind pardon if this is 'old news' ...

    By Blogger Brian Akers, at Tuesday, February 07, 2012  

  • Brian...

    Not "old news" to some of us, and interesting in an insightful way.



    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, February 07, 2012  

  • I often wonder if by "Gods" or "God" the ancients meant, "Aliens" just as much as by "Aliens" people of the present mean "Gods" or "God". I suspect these are interchangeable terms reflecting equal parts truth and fantasy.

    By Blogger TSP, at Wednesday, February 08, 2012  

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