A Mass Delusion?
Source: The Sage (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"Tales of humanoid monsters were a common
component of the travel literature and legends with which Columbus
was familiar. They became an important part of Columbus's writings
as well. The mythical monsters known to Columbus included giants,
one-eyed Cyclopes and hairy men and women, as well as more exotic
creatures. Amazon fighting women cut off the right breast so they
could use bow and arrows more efficiently. Anthropophagi devoured
human flesh and drank from human skulls. Blemmyae had heads located
in their chests. Panotii were endowed with gigantic ears that they
used as blankets or as wings for flying. Cynocephali had human bodies
but dogs' heads. Sciopods possessed a single leg and a huge foot;
they would stretch on their backs and hold the foot above themselves
to act as parasols. Information about these beings appeared in many
written accounts and literary works. The alleged correspondence
of Alexander the Great, for example, and Pliny the Elder's NATURAL
HISTORY contain early mention of humanoid monsters. Marco Polo's
MILLIONE included descriptions of monstrous races" (WHAT COLUMBUS
'SAW' IN 1492, by Bernard Cohen, Sci American, Dec 1992, pg 103).
"When Columbus reached the New World, he inquired
again and again about the presence of humanoid monsters. Perhaps
his informants did not understand what he was asking, or perhaps
they attempted to please him by telling him what he seemingly wanted
to hear. Columbus recounts in his letter, that he received information
about people with tails, people having no hair and women living
and fighting on an island devoid of men, for example. The tales
to which Columbus paid attention, and the manner in which he interpreted
them, undoubtedly reflected both his expectations and his hopes"
(Ibid, pg 103-104).
Despite the complete lack of any physically demonstrable evidence whatsoever, even after Columbus came home empty-handed in regards to humanoid monsters, fairytales of their existence continued well into the 15th century, "References to monsters were very still much in evidence in 15th-century scholarly books such as d'Ailly's IMAGO MUNDI and the HISTORIA RERUM UBIQUE GESTARUM of Aeneas Sylvius" (Ibid, pg 103).
The fact is that what is happening today is no different than what happened 500 years ago when Columbus first came to America and expected to see humanoid monsters; Many people claimed to have seen humanoid monsters, large numbers of highly respected scholarly works wrote about them, and there was absolutely not a single shred of demonstrable evidence of their existence -- but in hindsight we know for a fact that they were all simply deluding themselves! This *exactly* the phenomenon we are seeing today -- Many people claiming to see flying saucers peopled by little gray humanoid monsters, large numbers of scholarly works are written about them, yet there is absolutely not a single shred of demonstrable evidence of their existence. So the claim that all these multitudes of people coming forth to say they saw a little gray men wouldn't be doing so if there weren't some truth behind the phenomenon, is demonstrably false. Like they say, history repeats itself and the UFO phenomenon is no exception and this is proof of it.
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