UFO Conjectures

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

When the Men in Black were once the Men in White

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The Men in Black, whom Nick Redfern has documented rather fully in his book, The Real Men in Black, have been with mankind for a lot longer than surmised.

They ensued right after the dawn of civilization, if The Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament) and various myths have any reportorial accuracy.

The modern-day MIB phenomenon began with Gray Barker’s introduction of them in his 1956 book, They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers.

However, those versed in early religious and mythological tales know that Men in Black types have ponced on humanity well before 1956.

The difference, which seems to have thrown off MIB enthusiasts, is that those early “men” were garbed in white; Men in White, as it were.

The Bible is replete with such encounters:

Genesis 18/19: Verses 1 through 29 (in Chapter 19) recounts the visitation of God and/or his angels, telling Abraham about a pending birth and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.


Chapter 22 of Genesis tells of a visitaiton by a “man in white” who instructs Abraham to take his son Isaac up into the mountains to kill him. (This “man in white” was a psychopathic jokester it turns out.)


Genesis Chapter 28: Verse 10 tells how Jacob, in a trancendental dream state was visited by the ultimate Man in White (God) and a legion of men in white (angels) who ascended and descended a ladder, as the Man in White offered to give Jacob the land upon which he was resting.

3 Kings 19: Verses 9 though19 provides the story of Elias being visited by the Man in White who tells him that those who worshipped the false god, Baal, will be destroyed and Elias will anoint Jehu the king of Israel.

Chapter 11 of Tobias has a man in white giving Tobias the power to return sight to his (Tobias’)

And the famous Ezekiel passages, so enamored by UFO buffs, opens with a visitation by a man with the appearance of fire who told Ezekiel of abominations in Judah and that he was sending men in white to avenge his (the man of fire's) wrath. Chapter 9 opens with six men appearing at the gate to the city; one man, clothed in linen, had an inkhorn in his hand with which to mark those who had transgressed the man of fire’s proscriptions. The mark, Thau, was to be placed on all who had sinned: men, old and young, women, old and young, pity offered to none who had sinned.


Chapter 10 continues the story with the man clothed in linen carrying out the man of fire’s dicta culminating in the chariot of fire (the UFO imagined by Blumrich et al.).

Daniel 9:20 introduces Gabriel, a ubiquitous man in white, to Daniel. Gabriel offers prophecy and visions.

Then in Daniel 13 (appendix), verses 28 ff. some “men in black” do appear but Daniel proclaimed those men had borne false witness and the people stoned them to death.

In Bulfinch’s Age of Fable and Beauties of Mythology [David Mckay, 1898], Chapter VI presents, in the story of Baucis and Philemon, a visitation by Jupiter, in human shape and his son Mercury (without wings) to Phrygia – appearing as travelers – who were treated well by a poor couple (Baucis and Philemon) while the rest of Phrygia’s residents didn’t. The Gods (men in white) destroyed the village, and made the couple guardians of their temple….

In Chapter IX, Morpheus, at the direction of goddess Juno, assumes the visage of a dead man, Ceyx, to assuage the agony of remorse that his wife, Halcyone, was feeling.


Chapter XXII allows a profane person and despiser of the Gods, Erisichthon, to be eviscerated by the Dryades (men/women in white) in the form of Ceres. (Erisichthon had axed a sacred oak tree beloved by Ceres.)

The Bulfinch book (501 pages) is a compendium of myths from all cultures: Egypt, India, the lands of Norsemen, et cetera.

Among the tales told are many where men in white appear, to rectify wrongs (or cause trouble sometimes).

Two obscure accounts about visitations by Men in White (or Black) can be found in the story of Socrates who was approached by a “ divine being” when he served in the Greek army and the amorphous being who greeted Malcolm X in his jail cell.


That human beings have been visited by Men in Black (or White) for millennia is a literary truism.

Are those visitations real? Tangible? No one has an answer to that. Evidence is oral, not palpable.

Have Men in Black harassed UFO witnesses? Nick Redfern thinks so.

But, like those religious and mythological tales, there is no real proof that Men in Black or White have actually touched or spoken to anyone.

The hallucinatory aspect of such accounts is not to be dismissed easily; nor are the plethora of such recountings.

After all, not everyone who has experienced a visitation by MIB or MIW is crazy,….right?



  • Rich, haven't had time to crack open my Bible (My Jesuit brothers would be steaming), but how many of the visitations were in a dream state? There are numerous visitation where this occurs: Mary's visitation, Paul's incarceration in Ceasarea(?)/road to Damascus vision, etc.

    From a Biblical standpoint, it's always seems to be one individual that gets the visit. There is only one prophet in a given point of time that receives a visitation...too many prophets jam the lines causing more confusion.

    Good article and certainly thought provoking!

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Wednesday, August 01, 2012  

  • The passages cited (from the Bible and Bulfinch) mimic MIB encounters that Nick Redfern (and others) have noted.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, August 01, 2012  

  • The Men in Black seem akin to the "Black Men" reported at the mediaeval witch covens, and I doubt there was anything morally "White" about them. (And of course I'm not using "Black" here in ANY sort of racial context.)

    By Blogger George Wagner, at Wednesday, August 01, 2012  

  • George:

    The "white" mainly pertains to their garb or bright visage.

    (Everyone understands, I hope, your black reference.)


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, August 01, 2012  

  • I think it is safe to say that there is little demarcation in this zoology between hard shelled craft and fleshly white or black visitations, ( that fall into the binary) that is to say, other worldly visitors who may require deodorant or to pee is unlikely as I highly doubt they are biological in the sense of being cellular.
    My own view is that they are the opportunistic ghosts of a specific context co-created by their human creators by way of subconscious puppetry as we are easily suggested to and manipulated and that that takes on a life of it's own as an engraved invitation for a more fully developed "mold".
    I don't think possession is a singular state, it is best viewed as a range ,like many aberrations both neurological or otherwise that scientists now suspect are bundled with other maladies. Some are more this, some are more that.
    They are ghosts of a possessive nature that have not lost their possessiveness and may be hiding the nature of a rebellion, not among the living but among the dead, who seek life in any form they can take it. The UFO crowd are ripe little lunches for a parasitic psychically induced manipulation that is as nutritious to them as a open door.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Thursday, August 02, 2012  

  • I think both white figures (men in white, ladies in white, white horses...) and black figures (men in black, shadow beings, cloaked figures) represent archetypes within the psyche, the latter of whom are often faceless and associated with the night. Moreover, I don't see the parallel between these men-in-white and that which we know as the MIB's today. In fact, aside from being strangers in the opposite color, I don't see a resemblance.

    By Blogger Cullan Hudson, at Sunday, August 05, 2012  

  • It's the behavior Cullan, not the garb color or visage.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, August 05, 2012  

  • I don't see a comparison to be made in behavior either. I'm just not getting it. Sorry.

    By Blogger Cullan Hudson, at Sunday, August 05, 2012  

  • Cullan:

    You've read Nick's The Real Men in Black, right?

    And you looked up the references I noted, to get the full exchanges between the parties, also, right?

    Not to see the similarities is baffling.....to me.

    You're pretty astute...usually.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, August 05, 2012  

  • Truthfully, no. I'm going by what you've quoted here. Within these quotes I just don't see it. I'm not hatin' on the premise; I'm just not seeing the same thing.

    By Blogger Cullan Hudson, at Sunday, August 05, 2012  

  • You're a MIB aficionado, I hope, and no the details of how they've acted over the years.

    I see a similarity in what they've done and what I've cited.

    That you don't is fine.

    Chacun a son gout...


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, August 05, 2012  

  • à chacun son goût à vous aussi

    By Blogger Cullan Hudson, at Sunday, August 05, 2012  

  • Merci, mon ami...


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, August 05, 2012  

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