Photos: Ancient UFO Artworks in a Religious Context

[dropcap]Creational[/dropcap] legends are a global phenomenon.

Records of the belief systems of ancient astronauts coming to Earth can be found on Rock Art — Ancient Sumerian clay tablets and cylinder seals, and in the Bible.

The Bible speaks of the Hebrew word Elohim, meaning God or those who came from the sky.

Elohim or Eloha is a Hebrew word related to deity, but whose exact significance is often disputed.

It is the third word in the Hebrew text of Genesis and occurs frequently throughout the Hebrew Bible.

In some cases (e.g. Ex. 3:4 … Elohim called unto him out of the midst of the bush…), is generally understood to denote the God of Israel but from a neutral point of view there is no evidence proving that this originally meant one rather than several acting in accord. In other cases (e.g. Ex. 20:3 Thou shall have no other gods before Me.), it refers to the polytheistic notion of multiple gods.

In still other cases, the meaning is not clear from the text but may refer to powerful beings (e.g. Gen. 6:2 the sons of Elohim saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them for wives…, Ex. 4:16 and you [Moses] will be as Elohim to him [Aaron], Ex. 22:28 Thou shall not curse Elohim, or curse a ruler of your people, where the parallelism suggests that Elohim may refer to human rulers).

Genesis Chapter 1:26, states And God said, let us make man in our own image, after our likeness.

This quote still uses the plural us rather than the singular I, suggesting that God was not a single entity, as many of us have been brought up and conditioned to believe. The Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh is filled with mentions of fiery chariots and people being taken up to the garden of God.

The Epic also contains a whole host of parallels to our very own Old Testament.

For instance, it mentions a great flood, and relates a story very close to that of Moses being cast downstream as a child.

The Sumerians also had an Eden, known as Dilmun, which is described in the Epic o Enki and Ninhursag, the creation stories of both texts bear a striking resemblance.