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Thursday, February 23, 2017

UFOs and Cultural Anthropology

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Most of us who (still) follow the UFO milieu do so across national and international boundaries; that is, we look at and are interested in UFO sightings or reports from all over.

But that may be the wrong approach, especially for UFO researchers.

There seems to be a cultural element in UFO observations, and particularly alleged UFO encounters where “beings” come into the mix.

For instance, the early 1950s, encounters with small humanoid-like entities, in western Europe (France, Italy Spain), were unique, as far as I can tell, from the accumulated UFO lore in the time-frame.

UFO sightings and encounters in South America have a flavor all their own for the countries in that southern hemisphere, with each country toting different mental flavors from their neighbors.

Mexico’s UFO “events” also take on a specific cast, pertinent to that country and its peoples.

Australia provides a patina of UFO sightings that differ from other countries in the British Commonwealth, just as sightings in Ireland and Scotland resonate differently than those in England.

Scandinavian UFO accounts also have a palette different from (than) that of neighboring Belgium or the Netherlands.

Chinese UFO tales appear slightly different than those in Japan or the Korean peninsula.

Countries in the South Pacific provide observations that speak to UFO investigators differently than observations from Mid-East nations.

Russian reports east of Moscow and the Volga differ form those west of the Capital.

And arctic sightings come in with an overlay that is different than those from Canada or the northern United States.

There are even dissimilarities between northern U.S. observations and those from the southern smear of states, Florida UFO sightings often odder than those from its more northerly neighbors.

And then we have reports from Africa, many from school children, and fraught with unusual details.

Antarctic UFO sightings are a category all by itself, in an area without a cultural substrate.

My point?

That studying UFOs, looking for an explanation, requires taking into consideration the cultural artifacts that impact observations or reportage.

We all like sensational UFO events, sightings, and purported encounters with odd entities.

But a peoples’ mind-set, with cultural elements intact, compromise evaluation, if ignored, and UFO researchers ignore them, researchers inept in most disciplines (such as Cultural Anthropology) that would nudge explanations in scientific ways.

(I'll be providing, upcoming, specific examples of UFO tales, affected by cultural artifacts that do not correspond to a generic overlay.)

RR

3 Comments:

  • Good afternoon,

    For description of creatures , UFO "occupants" and structured objects, I strongly agree.

    But for observations of luminous phenomena such as spheres floating near the ground and related oddities like luminous columns that glide (like the South African sighting published a few weeks ago), the descriptions are fairly consistent across the world. But many ufologists don't care about these sightings, unfortunately.

    Regards,

    Jean

    By Blogger Rare phenomena lover, at Thursday, February 23, 2017  

  • RR,

    Guilty of reading too much and commenting too little, I'll first note that I agree with you that the reporting observers are generally reporting what they've seen but cultural aspects might reasonably temper their descriptions.

    East of Moscow agrarian and agrarian/jungle African would likely be less educated and more superstitious in their perspectives. Jump to the southeast bible belt and again with the agrarian and less technical perspectives would also fall in line -and go figure what might come out of Florida notably on the panhandle.

    Antarctica on the extreme other hand has only a scientific community although there are certainly the same Google Earth wackos that report Nazi tunnels and such as they do on Martian rover images as showing signs of rodents, structures and even human Martians in the images.

    More skeptical and considering thinking tends to be more urban and educated but amid these groups there are still tainted perspectives from reading too much sci-fi or watching too much YouTube hucksters.

    BD

    By Blogger Bryan Daum, at Friday, February 24, 2017  

  • Under what physical conditions can biology survive as a transitory property of plasma?

    I think when we study the relationships of mass extinction and geomagnetic events, we see what is left behind.

    And then life looks like biological information getting kicked out of heaven, or a certain discharge.

    Of course, the pattern of distribution would seem like some kind of temporal paradox. Perhaps that is just a force of nature.

    Enoch and Elijah are not talking. I suppose they are traveling.

    By Blogger neal, at Tuesday, February 28, 2017  

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