Shelves: non-fiction , own , folklore , forteana , This book is rightfully considered to be a classic within the Fortean field. The author, Jacques F. Allen Hynek. He is an esteemed professor even today, and one of the most level headed individuals to take on the UFO field. This book is the first where he formulates the beginning of a challenge to the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis. Perhaps they are something closer to home, and far more complicated than they appear to be.
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The direct result of the censorship of spicy details in these marvelous stories is that they really become mere occasions for amazement. The Villas-Boas case [the well documented Brazilian "UFO abduction" case wherein farmer Antonio Villas-Boas was allegedly taken on board a UFO craft, given an aphrodisiac liquid to drink then made to copulate twice with an attractive red-haired, pointy-breasted "space alien" female who made odd animal-like grunting noises during the act.
We certainly hope it was as good for him as it apparently was for her. The sexual context is precisely what gives such accounts their literary influence.
It is what provides impact to the fairy-faith. Without the sexual context -- without the stories of changelings, human midwives, intermarriage with the Gentry, of which we never hear in modern fairy tales -- it is doubtful that the tradition about fairies would have survived through the ages.
Nor is that true only of fairies: the most remarkable cases of sexual contact with non-humans are not found in spicy saucer books, nor in fairy legends; they rest, safely stored away, in the archives of the Catholic Church.
To find them, one must first learn Latin and gain entrance into the few libraries where these unique records are preserved. But the accounts one finds there make the Villas-Boas case pale by comparison, as I believe the reader will agree before the end of this chapter. Let us first establish clearly that the belief in the possibility of intermarriage between man and the non-human races we are studying is a corollary to the apparitions in all historical contexts.
This is so obvious in biblical stories that I hardly need elaborate. The sex of the angels is not the most difficult -- on the contrary, it is the clearest -- of all theological questions.
And he added shamelessly, "It was bound to be so; all the other angels in revolt would have done as I did with Gilberte. But fairies and elves? Are they subject to such carnal desires? Consider the following facts. In the Preface of the Saga of Hrolf, Torfeus, a seventeenth-century Danish historian, records statements made about the elves by Einard Cusmond, the Icelandic scholar: "I am convinced they really do exist, and they are creatures of God; that they get married like we do, and have children of either sex: we have a proof of this in what we know of the love of some of their women with simple mortals.
In a chapter entitled "Of the Passions and Propensities of the Fairies," he has this to say on sexual intercourse with them: "The fairies are remarkable for the amorousness of their dispositions, and are not very backward in forming attachments and connections with the people that cannot with propriety be called their own species. Kirk stated the case more clearly when be said: "In our Scotland there are numerous and beautiful creatures of that aerial order, who frequently assign meetings to lascivious young men as succubi , or as joyous mistresses and prostitutes, who are called Leannain Sith or familiar spirits.
Nor do I need to mention the number of accused witches who were condemned to death on the evidence that they had such familiar spirits. There is no gap between the fairy-faith and ufology regarding the sexual question. This is apparent from the study made by Wentz, who records, for example, the following story: "My grandmother Catherine MacInnis used to tell about a man named Laughlin, whom she knew, being in love with a fairy-woman.
The fairy-woman made it a point to see Laughlin every night, and he being worn out with her began to fear her. Things got so bad at last that be decided to go to America to escape the fairy- woman.
As soon as the plan was fixed and he was about to emigrate, women who were milking at sunset out in the meadows heard very audibly the fairy-woman singing this song: "What will the brown-haired woman do When Lachie is on the billows? And aside from its high literary value, it proves conclusively that the fairy-women who entice mortals to their love in modern times are much the same, if not the same, as the succubi of middle-age mystics.
It is difficult to believe that stories exist that surpass, for their amazing contents or shocking features, some of the reports we have already studied, such as the Hills case or the Villas-Boas report. But, remarkable as they are, these latter two accounts refer only to one aspect of the total phenomenon; they can be interpreted only after being placed within the continuum of hundreds of lesser- known cases, which provide the necessary background. The following case stands alone, and it is unique in that it relates the apparition of an incubus with the poltergeist phenomenon.
The authority upon which the case rests is that of Fr. Ludovicus Maria Sinistrari de Ameno, who reports and discusses it in his manuscript De Daemonialitate, et Incubis, et Succubis, written in the second half of the seventeenth century. Who is Fr. A theologian-scholar born in Ameno, Italy, on February 26, , he studied in Pavia and entered the Franciscan Order in He devoted his life to teaching philosophy and theology to numerous students attracted to Pavia by his fame as an eminent scholar.
In , be supervised the compilation of the statutes of the Franciscan Order. He died in Among other books, Fr. Sinistrari published a treatise called De Delictis et Poenis, which is an exhaustive compilation "tractatus absolutissimus" of all the crimes and sins imaginable. In short, Fr. Sinistrari was one of the highest authorities on human psychology and religious law to serve the Catholic Church in the seventeenth century. Compared to his De Daemonialitate, Playboy is a rather innocent gathering of mild reveries.
The good father writes: "About twenty-five years ago while I was a professor of Sacred Theology at the Holy Cross Convent in Pavia, there lived in that city a married woman of excellent morality. All who knew her, and particularly the clergy, had nothing but the highest praises for her. Her name was Hieronyma, and she lived in the St. Michael Parish. He brought it back to her, and at the same time be brought her a large pancake of a very peculiar shape, made with butter and Venetian pastes, such as they use to make cakes in that city.
She refused it, saying she bad not prepared anything like it. The pancake must come from your house too; your memory probably fails you. On the contrary, there is nothing I would not do in order to please you. I am in love with your beauty, and my greatest desire is to enjoy your embraces. She resisted, without answering anything, only repeating many times the names of Jesus and Mary and making the sign of the cross.
The temptation lasted thus about half an hour, after which time the tempter went away. However, as she was tired of such lasting trials, she took the advice of her confessor and other serious men and asked to be examined by trained exorcists to decide whether or not she was possessed. The exorcists found nothing in her to indicate the presence of the evil spirit. They blessed the house, the bedroom, the bed, and gave the incubus orders to discontinue his importunities.
To add to his power of seduction, he was elegantly dressed in Spanish vestments. Besides, he kept appearing to her even when she was in company; he would complain, as lovers do; he would send her kisses. In a word, he used all the means of seduction to obtain her favors. Only she saw and heard him; to all others, there was nothing.
Then, rings and other jewels of gold and silver followed. He stole them without touching the locks of the casket in which they were enclosed. Then he began to strike her cruelly, and after each series of blows one could see on her face, arm, or other areas of her body bruises and marks, which lasted one or two days, then vanished suddenly, quite unlike natural bruises, which go away by degrees.
Or else he would hide her, but without ever causing her harm. But in the blink of an eye he also restored them to their original state. She refused, as usual. Furious, the incubus went away, and a short time later he returned with an enormous load of those flat stones that inhabitants of Genoa, and of Liguria in general, use to cover their houses.
With these stones be built around the bed such a high wall that it reached almost to the ceiling, and the couple had to send for a ladder in order to come out. This wall was built without lime.
But after two days they vanished. To honor his guests he had prepared a respectable dinner. While they were washing their hands according to the custom -- bop! You can imagine the amazement, the surprise, of the guests. It is only a trick. But there used to be a table here, and it must still be here. I am going to find it. But after he had made many turns, seeing he was only touching air, the others laughed at him. And since dinner time had passed, everyone took his coat and started for home.
They had already reached the door with the husband, who was politely accompanying them, when they beard a great noise in the dining room. They stopped to find out what it was, and the servant girl ran and told them the kitchen was full of new plates loaded with food, and the table bad come back in the dining room.
And there were all kinds of precious cups full with rare wines. In the kitchen, too, there were new jugs and utensils; they bad never been seen there before. The guests, however, were hungry, and they ate this strange meal, which they found very much to their taste. After dinner, as they were talking by the fireplace, everything vanished, and the old table came back with the untouched dishes on it.
James Church, some distance outside the city walls. She hoped, through his intercession, that she would be freed from the persecutions of the incubus. Michael and the Feast of the Blessed Bernardino -- she took the votive dress. The next morning was the Feast of St. Our afflicted lady went to the church of that saint, which was, as I have said, her own parish. Now, the poor woman had no sooner put her foot on the church ground than all of a sudden her vestments and ornaments fell to the ground and were carried away by the wind, leaving her as naked as the hand.
And having put her in a coach, they drove her home. As for the vestments and jewels stolen by the incubus, be returned them six months later. But, at last, perceiving he was wasting his efforts, he discontinued these unusual and bothersome vexations. Sinistrari was as puzzled by such reports as most modern students of UFO lore are by the Villas-Boas case. Observing that the fundamental texts of the Church gave no clear opinion on such cases, Sinistrari wondered bow they should be judged by religious law.
A great part of his manuscript is devoted to a detailed examination of this question. The lady in the above example did not allow the incubus to have intercourse with her. But there are numerous other cases in the records of the Church especially in witch trials in which there was intercourse.
Sinistrari, there are several problems. First, how is such intercourse physically possible?
Passport to Magonia: On UFOs, Folklore, and Parallel Worlds
It is less often pointed out, however, that our age has generated, and continues to generate, mythical material almost unparalleled in quantity and quality in the rich records of human imagination. More precisely, people have very frequently reported the observation of wonderful aerial objects, variously designated as flying saucers, unidentified flying objects UFOs , and so on; among these narratives descriptions of landings made by these craft are commonplace; and that quite a few accounts purport to inform us of the physical characteristics, the psychological behaviour, and the motivation of their occupants. If we take a wide sample of this historical material, we find that it is organized around one central theme: visitation by an aerial people from one or more remote, legendary countries. The names and attributes vary, but the main idea clearly does not. Magonia, heaven, hell, Elfland - all such places have in common one characteristic: we are unable to reach them alive, except on very special occasions. Emissaries from these supernatural abodes come to earth, sometimes under human form and sometimes as monsters.
The direct result of the censorship of spicy details in these marvelous stories is that they really become mere occasions for amazement. The Villas-Boas case [the well documented Brazilian "UFO abduction" case wherein farmer Antonio Villas-Boas was allegedly taken on board a UFO craft, given an aphrodisiac liquid to drink then made to copulate twice with an attractive red-haired, pointy-breasted "space alien" female who made odd animal-like grunting noises during the act. We certainly hope it was as good for him as it apparently was for her. The sexual context is precisely what gives such accounts their literary influence.
Books by Jacques F. Vallée
He completed his undergraduate degree in mathematics at the University of Paris in and received the equivalent of an M. He began his professional life as an astronomer at the Paris Observatory in He worked as a systems analyst at nearby Northwestern University while continuing to pursue ufological research with his mentor, J. During this period, he conducted early artificial intelligence research and received a Ph. Although the firm formed several international spinoffs and partnered with a variety of prominent firms and governmental organizations including Lehman Brothers , Renault and NASA , it failed to attain long-term profitability.