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How the 40-year-old mystery of a UFO in New Zealand lives on

It was New Year’s Day, 1979, when the world woke to the news that strange lights had been spotted by six people on a plane off the New Zealand’s South Island.

Was it a UFO? No, said the sceptics. It was Venus, it was squid boats, it was radar returns from a field of cabbages.

But 40 years later, the two pilots and four passengers are adamant it was none of the above and are frustrated at being unable to find answers.

New Zealand’s The Herald on Sunday tracked down each member of the group around the world. One is a mango farmer in Hawaii, while another is an 80-year-old newlywed after her royal wedding-themed ceremony at her retirement village the night before Meghan and Harry’s big day.

The case bought instant fame — but no fortune — for some, before bringing shame and anger when they were accused of hoaxing the sighting. It broke up a marriage.

Guido Valentich holds a photograph of his son Frederick, a pilot who went missing while on a flight to King Island in a Cessna in October 1978. Picture: Popperfoto/Getty Source:Getty Images

At the end of 1978, Australasia was in the grip of UFO fever. In October, 20-year-old Frederick Valentich disappeared while piloting a small Cessna 182 aircraft over Bass Strait while heading to King Island in Tasmania. Described as a “flying saucer enthusiast”, Valentich informed Melbourne air traffic control he was being accompanied by an unknown aircraft.Two months later across the Tasman, on December 21, Safe Air pilots Vern Powell and Ian Pirie spotted strange lights while flying from Blenheim to Christchurch.

A producer for Melbourne’s Channel 0 (now Channel 10), Leonard Lee heard the news and tracked down reporter Quentin Fogarty, who worked for the channel but was on holiday with his wife and children in Christchurch, staying at TV Onejournalist Dennis Grant’s home.

Quentin Fogarty presenting the news in 1979 after the sighting. Picture: File Source:NZ Herald

Freelance Wellington cameraman David Crockett was also hired, along with his wife Ngaire, who operated the audiotape recorder.

The group were invited to jump aboard Safe Air’s Blenheim-based Argosy plane, named Merchant Enterprise, late on December 30, which pilots Bill Startup and Bob Guard were taking on a newspaper run between Wellington and Christchurch.

Shortly after takeoff, the pilots noticed strange lights appearing and disappearing over the Kaikōura coastline about 30 kilometres west.

“While we were filming a stand-up to camera, Captain Bill Startup shouted to us that we should go to the flight deck immediately as something was happening again,” says David Crockett.

He managed to film a rapidly moving, bright white light.

Bob Guard, left, and Bill Startup in 1979. Picture: Paul Davidson Source:NZ Herald

“With the conversation coming through my headphones from the pilots and radar from Wellington, it all started to get very scary,” says Ngaire Crockett.

“I was able to stand up a couple of times and was able to see these bright light coming and going. [Quentin] was a real mess and grabbed hold of both my hands and started shaking. I didn’t have time to worry about myself, I had to help him.”

The plane landed at Christchurch to unload newspapers and the pilots asked the news team if they wanted to go back through the area they had traversed. Ngaire was too frightened so stayed in Christchurch. The others reboarded the plane with Dennis Grant in Ngaire’s place.

“David had used up all the film in his 16mm camera,” Grant says.

“Quentin called me sometime after midnight from Christchurch Airport to see if I could provide a fresh roll of film. I could — but there was a catch — I wanted to get on the plane for the flight to Blenheim.”

The “UFO”, captured by cameraman David Crockett in New Zealand.Source:News Corp Australia

The plane took off at 2.16am. About three minutes after takeoff, the group saw a bright, round light to the right. The aeroplane radar showed a target in the same direction about 18 nautical miles.

Fogarty would later be heard saying on camera: “Let’s hope they’re friendly.”

Crockett filmed the light for several minutes as it appeared to travel along with the plane.

When they turned toward it, the light seemed to react by moving away from the aeroplane.

“The experience itself was extraordinary,” Fogarty says.

“Just being on the cramped, noisy flight deck of the Argosy barrelling down the coast in the dead of the night was exciting. Factor in a row of pulsating, hypnotic lights hovering outside the window, and it goes to another level.”

After landing at Woodbourne Airport at about 3am, the group stayed at the two pilots homes in Blenheim.

Startup’s daughter Tracy Moore remembers her father coming home in the middle of the night.

A copy of the New Zealand Herald from January 3, 1979.Source:NZ Herald

This was the copy of the Herald on January 4, 1979. Source:NZ Herald

“Everyone was at our house talking about it in the middle of the night. They were talking about lights, unexplained radar.

“At one point, I remember dad saying it might be a good idea to report it to the police. It was during the Cold War, there was a bit of paranoia around. Mum said: ‘You can’t sit on this information’.

“It was scary at the time. It was a big unknown thing that had happened and we had all the adults around discussing it. There were certainly no jokes being made.”

Fogarty interviewed the pilots before flying to Melbourne to give the recordings to Channel 0. The footage featured on prime time news that night and a longer documentary piece screened later.

The news went around the world and was featured by major news media, including by the Herald and by CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite.

Bruce Maccabee, pictured in 1979, examined footage of the supposed UFO. Source:NZ Herald

The sceptical reaction was immediate. Explanations included that it was Venus, drug runners, light reflected from cabbages or squid boats.

The Robert Muldoon Government ordered an inquiry by the Air Force, which concluded that the sightings could be explained by natural but unusual phenomena.

Leonard Lee travelled to the US to give the film to Bruce Maccabee, an optical physicist who specialised in laser technology and worked for the US Navy in Maryland, Virginia. He was also flown to New Zealand and Melbourne to interview witnesses.

He concluded the event involved unknown objects or phenomena fitting the definition of UFOs.

“One would think that the conclusion that several of the sightings involved unidentified objects flying with impunity in the New Zealand air space would have been sufficient to start an even deeper study of the UFOs,” Maccabee says.

Maccabee pictured recently. Source:NZ Herald

“But it wasn’t. The sightings were relegated to the dustbin of history, forgotten by all except the witnesses and a few ufologists who discussed the various sighting events for years afterward.”

He says that 39 years after the Kaikōura footage emerged, in December 2017, major media carried reports of UFO sightings by US Navy personnel during training exercises.

He says they involved multiple witnesses and multiple sources of information such as battleship radar at sea level, radar in the Navy jet aeroplanes, visible and infra-red video cameras in the aeroplanes.

But the incident appears to have been forgotten.

“History appears to be repeating itself.”

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

The Herald on Sunday caught up with the pilots and passengers.

Journalist Quentin Fogarty, 72

After his world scoop, Dunedin-born Quentin Fogarty suffered from “nervous exhaustion” and ended up in hospital for a couple of weeks.

Quentin Fogarty. Picture: Paul Davidson Source:NZ Herald

“The level of initial scepticism both surprised and, at times, overwhelmed me. I certainly did not expect to be accused of hoaxing the whole thing. That cut deep, it still does.

“The local daily tabloid in Melbourne branded me as the ‘UFO Reporter’, and that stuck for a short time, but it did not take long for me to be back in my role as a TV journalist reporting on more mundane matters.”

Fogarty, a father of four who still lives in Melbourne, says he endeavoured to report the story as accurately and as impartially as he could.

“We had film, our own eyewitness accounts and confirmation from the flight crew and air traffic controllers that we had stumbled into something astonishing.

Fogarty, who started his career at Dunedin’s Evening Star wrote a book about the experience in 1982, Let’s Hope They’re Friendly, and remains convinced that enhanced computer analysis of the film might get closer to finding answers.

“Forty years down the track, this is still unfinished business.”

Pilot Bill Startup, 85

Startup now lives in a rest home in Blenheim. He had a stroke a three years after the incident and had to retire from flying.

He wrote a book the following year, The Kaikōura UFOs, his daughter says, to clear up the misinformation doing the rounds. The same year, Startup then took his wife Shirley and children to visit Bruce Maccabee in the US.

Bill Startup in 1978. Source:NZ Herald

Shirley, who died in 2012, was interviewed in 2008 and said a psychiatrist had thought the men had lost their faith in God and were seeing angels.

Startup, who was not well enough to be interviewed by the Herald on Sunday, told a documentary in 2009: “What it was all those years ago … I wish I knew. People can think what they want but they were not in the aircraft.”

Startup did not dwell on the experience, Moore says.

“Over the years there has been periodic interest, so he was being visited every one to two years from reporters all over. But he didn’t bring it up.”

She didn’t get the impression he truly believed it was UFO.

“He’d seen something that he did not know what it was, and his colleagues couldn’t come up with an explanation. He had no thoughts that he ever communicated to us.”

Co-pilot Bob Guard, 73

Guard has never said too much about the strange lights.

“One of the issues for me is we were just doing our job. We suddenly had to justify ourselves. We didn’t know what the hell it was.

Bob Guard in 1978. Source:NZ Herald

Bob Guard recounting his experience in Paul Davidson's documentary The Kaikoura UFOs. Picture: Paul Davidson

Bob Guard recounting his experience in Paul Davidson’s documentary The Kaikoura UFOs. Picture: Paul Davidson Source:NZ Herald

“We didn’t expect to see anything. It was a bit tense as it got closer to the aircraft.”

“I got over it. Have I ever seen anything like that again? No I haven’t. Do I believe in UFOs? No I don’t. Pilots see a lot of unidentified flying things.

“Would I tell anyone if I saw anything like that again? No I wouldn’t. It’s not worth the hassle.”

Research followed the sightings but he says “some were a sham — they used newspaper articles for their research”.

Guard stopped working for Safe Air in 1990 and went on to work at Air Nelson. He was the flight operations manager when he retired, aged 65, in 2010.

His children and grandchildren were aware of the story but it is not “something that has taken over their lives”.

Sound recorder Ngaire Crockett, 80

The Crocketts, who had five children, separated soon after the incident.

Ngaire is now Ngaire Gilmore after her new marriage to husband Ray Gilmore.

Ngaire Crocket in the 1970s. Source:NZ Herald

Ngaire Gilmore at her home in Palmerston North. Picture: Alexander Robertson Source:NZ Herald

The pair, who met during a blind date eight years ago, married in a surprise ceremony at the Julia Wallace Retirement Village in Palmerston North the day before Meghan and Harry’s nuptials this year.

Residents dressed up in royal wedding theme for happy hour but didn’t know they were attending a real wedding.

“Has this film changed my life?” asks Gilmore.

“I guess it did. We had phone call after phone call and people knocking on our door. David and the reporter became so obsessed that the doco was all they talked about. I switched off as we had five children and it was effecting all our lives.”

Cameraman David Crockett, 85

David Crockett dealt with health a handful of effects after filming the strange objects.

“To this very day, the incident has never left my mind. I am also reminded of the event by people who come up to me and say, ‘I saw you the other night on the Discovery or Science Channel’.

David Crockett in 1978. Source:NZ Herald

David Crockett. Picture: SuppliedSource:NZ Herald“The effect this historic sighting has had on all of us has certainly included a fair amount of stress. As for me, I was sleepless for several nights, and after having performed several overseas lectures on this sighting, became quite depressed.

Crockett, who now lives in Hawaii where he worked as a mango farmer, made a documentary about the incident, and gave lectures, which took him around the world. He is hoping to make a new documentary to mark the 40-year anniversary.

“It substantially changed my life. At that time in the history of the UFO phenomena, sceptics thought we were crazy, and criticised us in many ways. In 1978, most persons would not seriously consider that these were real object and may even originate from other planets.”

TV journalist Dennis Grant, 66

Over the years Grant has amassed a massive collection of a newspaper and magazine stories. He’s scoured official records in Australia and New Zealand and lodged official information applications for long-forgotten files.

Dennis Grant. Source:NZ Herald

“The results are overwhelmingly unhelpful in explaining the lights and what they were doing in the lonely summer skies of New Zealand. Forty years on I’m still very curious.

“My grandkids love to hear the story of my brush with UFOs, I just wish I could provide an ending.”

Grant was working at TV One (now TVNZ 1) in Christchurch in 1978 and now lives in Australia.

“I was a young journalist back then, fired with the zeal of telling stories untold, and I helped tell this story. But the rest of the world, the scientists, the officials, the military and — saddest of all for me — the media, were all consumed with indifference. Incurious.”

So does he believe in UFOs?

“I am entirely sceptical of the notion of little green men, Martian anal probes and all the rest of it. I note that the number of UFO sightings has greatly diminished since video and digital cameras and phone cameras have became readily available. However, what we saw that night over Kaikōura was unidentified and still is.”

The Argosy

The decommissioned Argosy now sits on land near the Marlborough Airport owned by Blenheim filmmaker Paul Davidson.

He purchased the aircraft in 1991 after hearing it was to be scrapped, telling the Safe Air general manager he would pay what he would have got from the scrap dealer.

Paul Davidson, of Blenheim, with his Argosy aircraft. Picture: Tim Cuff Source:NZ Herald

The aircraft had special meaning to him — in 2009, Davidson made a documentary, featuring interviews with the pilots and crew from 1978.

Davidson, whose home is on land adjacent to the aircraft, has restored and refurbished the aircraft and runs flight simulation experiences, complete with in-flight movies telling the story of Safe Air — and meals.

Passengers can dine at the Argosy Cafe, next to the plane, which acts as a terminal where they can collect their boarding passes and go to their gate for the experience. There is also memorabilia on display.

“We put it back together and tidied it up. It’s unique to Marlborough.”

Paul Davidson, of Blenheim, with his Argosy aircraft. Picture: Tim Cuff Source:NZ Herald

From Thursday, to coincide with the first strange sighting, Davidson will be running a UFO-themed experience.

His documentary will be screened, lights will be dimmed on-board and a “spooky atmosphere” created.

“People can sit in actual seat Captain Startup sat in.

“It’s the only place in the world where you can do that.”

So, does Davidson believe in UFOs?

“I believe in the possibility of them.

“I got to know both pilots with my documentary. They got sick of people saying ‘It was probably the lights of cars, or lights of squid boats’. These were professional pilots. ‘We know what Venus looks like, this was not Venus’.

“Everyone on board has said the event had a traumatic effect on their lives.”

• The accounts were pulled together with the help of Bruce Maccabee.

Source www.news.com.au

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The Found and Lost Atlantis Library

In 1965, on the territory of Ecuador, entrepreneur and ethnologist Juan Moricz, with the help of local Indians, discovered the oldest man-made underground communications system. According to him, he found in its halls a unique library of books, the sheets of which were thin metal plates covered with mysterious symbols. Journalists immediately called this find the Library of Atlantis.

Mysterious Metal Books

The story of this sensational discovery is very confusing, full of intrigue and tragic accidents. As a result, what could change the whole history of mankind turned out to be lost again – let’s hope not forever. It all started with the statement of the Argentine businessman Juan Moricz about the discovery in Ecuador of a huge ancient underground labyrinth, in which he discovered a mysterious library of books with metal pages.

According to Moricz, the underground tunnels discovered by him stretch for thousands of kilometers under the territories of three states at once – Argentina, Peru and Ecuador. Its main entrance is located in the inaccessible jungle region where the Santiago and Coangos rivers come together. The researcher noted that the tunnels are clearly of artificial origin, their walls are very smooth, literally polished, the ceilings are even and flat, as if covered with glaze. Passages from tunnels led the researcher to impressive underground halls. However, much more interesting than the underground communications was what Moricz discovered in them. So, according to the researcher, he found an ancient library of 20-kilogram books consisting of thin metal sheets measuring 96 by 48 cm.

On each of these pages some mysterious signs were engraved or stamped. According to Moricz, it was a library of an ancient extinct civilization.

Man Soaring Above The Earth

In addition to the library, Moricz found in the dungeons a large number of golden figures of various animals. There were elephants, bison, crocodiles, monkeys, jaguars. These figures were placed along the walls of halls and walkways. Interestingly, the floor of the tunnels was decorated with very interesting drawings. For example, one depicted a round Earth and a man hovering above it. It was clear that the representatives of the most ancient civilization clearly knew about the spherical shape of our planet.

It is worth recalling another floor drawing. Engraved on the floor of the tunnel, a fossil dinosaur was depicted! Let get reminded that, according to generally accepted data, dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago, however, this figure is dated at about 4-9 thousand BC. What can be said about real meetings between dinosaurs and the representatives of this ancient civilization?

Moricz also found a very mysterious outdoor figure. A strange creature with a rectangular body and a round head stood on a globe-ball and held the sun and moon. Another figure, nicknamed the “pilot”, was in a helmet with headphones. The suit of the “pilot” resembled a spacesuit, wires led to it, a ring was attached, and the figure’s hands in gloves. One of Moricz’s astounding finds resembled the Concord model of a supersonic passenger airliner.

Juan Moritz sent one such figurine of an “airplane” to the museum of the Colombian capital Bogota, and left another in a dungeon. Experts who studied the artifact cast in pure gold came to the conclusion that the figure is actually a model of an airplane. This was indicated by geometrically regular wings and a high vertical keel, which, as you know, are not found in birds.

Squeezed By The “Grip” Of His Secret

Newspapers reported that Juan Moricz, during negotiations with the President of Ecuador, allegedly negotiated for himself the right to full control over the find and reserved the rights to filming and photography.

It seems that after his discovery, Moricz stopped sleeping soundly. Perhaps he was afraid that someone more eminent would appropriate his discovery or that some gang would plunder the treasures of the dungeons, leaving him with nothing. That’s why he kept secret the entrance to the dungeons and pulled in every way its disclosure.

However, the discovery still required him to take some action, it was necessary to maintain a certain “buzz tension” around the find, otherwise the hope for major sponsors and the assistance of well-known scientific institutions would disappear. It was then that he decided to involve Erich von Daniken, who became very famous after the publication of his book Chariots of the Gods.

In 1972, Moricz and Daniken met in South America. Daniken claimed that it was then that Moritz showed him a secret entrance to the underground communications system in in the Cueva de los Tayos (Spanish for “Cave of the Oilbirds”).

In his writings, Moricz says:

“(This is . . . ) an archaeological reality that has so far been either entirely unknown or at least flat-out denied by mainstream scientists. The first expedition serves as the steppingstone for a second part of the expedition with which we intend to obtain proof that the discovered underground cave system is an area of activity of the progenitors of mankind.”

However, the discoverer did not open the hall with a mysterious library to Daniken, but only showed him an amazing maze.

After Moricz and Daniken emerged from the caves, Moricz took him to see Father Carlos Crespi, who possessed a large collection of similar metal plates that were also covered with mysterious engravings and glyphs, and that have remained undeciphered to this day. Some of the plates look ancient, finished very elaborately and engraved with glyphs. Others appear to be almost new and made in a simplistic style. Most of the plates consist of brass, zinc and copper. (A note about the metals: the American scientist, Professor Heather Lechtmann of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, proved in a study that the pre-Columbian people of South America were masters at coating metal with very thin layers of gold, in some cases, 0.5 to 2 micrometers thick.)

Part of Father Crespi’s collection now resides in the Museum of the Banco Central in Cuenca, Ecuador. The chief restorer there, José Maldonado, wrote:

“We know nothing about the origin of these objects, nor where they were found.”

Following the trail of this “adventure”, Erich von Daniken published the book “Gold of the Gods”. In it, he described the straight and smooth walls of the tunnels that shocked him so much. However, in an interview with the German publications Stern and Spiegel, Juan Moricz unexpectedly stated that he had never been in tunnels with Erich von Daniken. This statement dealt a blow to the reputation of the Swiss, which scholars had already taken hold of after his book Chariots of the Gods.

He was accused of fabricating facts proving the presence of aliens from outer space on the planet in antiquity. Daniken claimed that it was then that Moricz showed him a secret entrance to the underground communications system. However, the discoverer did not open the hall with a mysterious library to Daniken, but only showed him an amazing maze.

Later, Moritz nevertheless admitted that he showed Erich von Daniken an insignificant cave unrelated to the main network of dungeons. Most likely, at the very last moment, Moricz realized that the Swiss, already “promoted” in the media, could well push him as a pioneer into the background. That’s why he framed the famous researcher and writer.

Daniken’s attempts to somehow justify himself were unsuccessful at that time. In an interview with the Spiegel magazine on March 19, 1973, Moricz confirmed the reality of the tunnels that he had discovered and that a certain person had indicated them to him, whose name he refused to tell. Soon, a Scottish scientist and traveler Stanley Hall contacted Moricz. He invited him to organize a joint Ecuadorian-British expedition with the participation of the Ecuadorian army, biologists, botanists and various specialists.

Stanley believed that the expedition should be led by a very authoritative person, and offered to do this to astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the moon. He accepted his offer, and on August 3, 1976 a group of researchers led by Armstrong went down into the tunnels. They managed to find a funerary cave with a sitting mummified body, and the biologists who joined the expedition discovered about four hundred unknown plants near the cave.

However, this all ended – they never got to the metal library. It seems that Juan Moricz was once again afraid that all the laurels of discovery would go to a different person, because Armstrong was much more authoritative than Daniken.

Fading Ray Of Hope

In 1991, Moricz died, but Hall managed to find a man who showed him the entrance to the tunnel. It was Petronio Jaramillo. He agreed to meet with Hall and stated that Moricz had shown Armstrong’s expedition a completely different cave. If you believe Petronio, then he got into the room with a library of metal books back in 1946 with his uncle, who was friends with the Shuar tribe, which guarded the entrance to the labyrinths. Jaramillo confirmed that he personally saw thousands of metal books on the shelves.

He visited the dungeons again and chose to take out 7 books from the shelves, but could not take pull them out, it was extremely hard. By the way, he said that in the second hall there were some quartz tablets, possibly also carriers of information. Petronio talked about the numerous statues of people and animals and the sealed golden doors leading, most likely, to the graves. Wandering through the dungeons, he went into the room where there was a large translucent sarcophagus of a huge gilded mummy. Hall agreed with Jaramillo to organize an expedition to research the dungeons. Alas, the conflict between Peru and Ecuador that arose in 1995 forced researchers to postpone it. Then, in Ecuador, the political regime changed, and a sharp aggravation of the situation in the country forced Hall to return to Europe.

In 1998 he received terrible news – Petronio was killed right next to his house. Although the attack looked like a street robbery, it cannot be ruled out that someone eliminated the “key” to discovering the Atlantis library.

Although Hall never knew the exact location from Petronio Jaramillo, after the death of Jaramillo in May 1998, Hall arranged a trip with Mario Petronio, the son of Jaramillo, during which they combined their knowledge. The journey was only aimed at reaching the “zero point”.

In May 2000, Hall returned.

He showed aerial maps, indicating a bend on the river and a cliff line that hides the entrance cave – the entrance to the system, which stretches for several miles. His assumption – a rock collapse (evidence of an ancient earthquake) opened an underground network. Hall visited this place and concluded that it fits perfectly with Jaramillo’s description.

Need for cooperation

The information that Jaramillo managed to share with Hall prompted the researcher to speculate where the entrance to the cave could be, because, as Jaramillo said, the entrance is hidden under river water, and to get into the maze, you need to swim through an underwater tunnel.

So, on January 17, 2005, Hall informed the Ecuadorian government about the location of the cave, which meets the description of Jaramillo, and which, he hoped will be the goal of the expedition, this place turned out to be the bend of the Pastaz river.

For anyone who is interested, the coordinates are: – 77 ° 47’34 ′ west longitude and 1 ° 56’00 ′ south latitude.

Hall thinked it would take decades or a shift in worldview before people can work together for a common purpose. He argued that the 1976 expedition took place only because the military regime was in power; “The democratic bureaucracy will flood the expedition before at least one marshy river meets on the way.”

All that is required is a sense of cooperation and openness. Too many people have tried to use the library as evidence of their own theory of an alien coming, all-conquering Hungarians or the Hall of Records. Perhaps that is why these missions were doomed. Maybe we should let the library speak for itself. Answers to questions regarding who built it, where they came from, etc. we can find inside. After all, is it a library or not?

To this day, dozens of enthusiasts and treasure hunters are engaged in its searches, but so far without success.

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The mystery of strange sounds coming from the sky over Anchorage, Alaska

Recently, many Anchorage residents have heard a strange noise in the early morning hours. A loud noise comes in a distant hum, gets louder, and then disappears. 

Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska, located in the south central part of the state on the shores of Cook Bay.

People many kilometers from each other report that a strange sound abruptly wakes them, sometimes one or even several times for several hours. But no one knows what exactly causes this mysterious metal moan.

The last time it was heard was around 5 a.m. Monday. This signal woke residents from the city center to West Anchorage.

It has been described as creepy, symphonic and also sporadic, sounding for about 20 seconds and then disappearing. This sound is internally loud. You feel this sound.

It’s almost like a foghorn, and screeching metal on metal. It sounds like a submarine scraping the bottom of a pool or something,

Another eyewitness describes this rumble as an “underwater moan.”

Anchorage sound recording 1
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Anchorage sound recording 3

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The great mystery of the the seven-headed hydra figure of the deity worshiped throughout the ancient world

American scientists made a rather amazing discovery. It turns out that even in ancient times, Greeks and Aztecs worshipped the same seven-headed deity.

After studying the petroglyphs, it was discovered that in the pantheon of both of these people there is a mysterious creature depicted in the form of a seven-headed hydra.

Immediate attention to this extraordinary connection between these cultures is drawn as this image cannot be confusing, this is the seven-headed hydra that menorah described in the Bible as well as an Indian deity and many examples from other people of the ancient world. An illustration of a seven-headed monster was also discovered in Altai. It is believed that it was created about five thousand years ago.

In the lower left corner of the picture you can see the runic inscription: “Manaka”. To the right is a tree – a symbol of the Milky Way, which was also a sacred symbol of the Turks.

Khakassia, petroglyph 5000 years ago
Khakassia, petroglyph 5000 years ago

After studying the Aztec pantheon, almost identical images of another creature with seven snake heads were found.

This image can be found in ancient temples throughout Mexico. In short, it is a creature with seven snake heads.

An interesting addition to this story is the existence of an Aztec fertility deity named Chicomecōātl- her name translated means seven snakes. She was a mother goddess who uses the sun as a shield. Notice that her sun shield looks exactly like the image of the sun on the Siberian petroglyph below.

Siberian petroglyph depicting a sun shield
Aparicio, Veracruz, Mexico
Aparicio, Veracruz, Mexico
Chicomecōātl, goddess whose name means 7 snakes
Chicomecōātl, goddess whose name means 7 snakes

However, this is not all. No less interesting correlations appear in Hinduism. There is a goddess of fertility, who is sometimes portrayed as a woman whose head is surrounded by seven snakes.

She is called the goddess Manas, therefore, at least the first part of her name corresponds to the inscription on the petroglyph.

In Hinduism, the goddess Manasa Devi or Mansa Devi is considered the queen of snakes, whose worship is very popular in eastern India, and especially in Bengal, Jharkhand and Orissa. The cult of Manas Devi, according to researchers, is one of the most ancient cults of India. Historians claim that she was worshiped in pre-Aryan times.

Such unexpected relationships between distant cultures may indicate that Eurasian nomads are involved in the resettlement of America.

In Eurasia, the seven-headed deity was also worshiped by the Assyrians and Sumerians, who called the snake Mushman. After all, Greek mythology also tells the story of the Lernaean Hydra killed by Hercules.

The name Hydra is associated with water. In Indo-European mythology, snakes and dragons were the guardians of water. The hero must defeat them in order to free the water and return fertility to the earth.

There were no traces here after the deification of this creature, although perhaps this was due to the demonization of pantheons hostile to Greek public policy.

However, the question arises, why did the nomads worship this seven-pointed deity? Since ancient times, people have known the constellation Hydra, whose peak consists of seven bright stars.

Chicomecōātl as the constellation Virgo

According to the nomads, it was this heavenly dragon who created the Milky Way. Stories about the mother goddess could give her the status of the creator of the world as a whole. Of course, there are those who will also conduct a literal analysis of these legends. Then the concept of the star goddess, associated with the heads of snakes, can cause associations with the famous Sumerian Annunaki and the theory of paleocontacts associated with them.

There are amazing parallels between Chicomecōātl and the constellation Virgo: Chicomecōātl holds ears of corn in his hand and sits on a seven-headed snake. Virgo holds wheat trees, and it is located right next to Hydra. The solar shield simply represents the Sun passing through these constellations.

The summer solstice was in Cancer (with the head of Hydra behind) from about 2500 to 500 BC. e. Well, that’s too much a coincidence, isn’t it?

Back to the sun shield symbol

Although this symbol probably refers to the sun, you may wonder why it looks like a cross with four dots. The answer to this question may lie in another famous episode from Hindu mythology – Samudra Mantan – churning of the ocean.

Mythical Lernaen Hydra

In short, this episode depicts the creation of the universe. Good and evil deities used the serpent god Vasuki (the brother of the aforementioned Manas) to rotate the mountains (axis mundi) and to froth milk (Milky way) to create the nectar of immortality.

The Hydra constellation, extending more than 100 degrees across the sky, was the longest constellation known to ancient people. Therefore, it is not surprising that it is the snake that moves the Mundi axis.

This event is celebrated in India at one of the most important festivals known as Kumbh Mela. According to legend, after the churning process was completed, four drops of nectar were shed in four different places in India. Since then, these four cities have become places of pilgrimage for this religious holiday. Each of the cities has its own celebration date. These dates are not fixed, they depend on the position of the Sun, Moon and Jupiter (Indra).

But if you look at the position of the Sun, you will see that it should be in the signs of Aries, Leo, Capricorn and Libra (one for each city). These four constellations depict the celestial cross on the zodiac, and in antiquity they were used to refer to the four seasons. Possibly, for this reason that the symbol of the solar shield has a cross and four points.

Conclusions

How the symbol of the semi-headed “deity” that we see on the 5,000-year-old Siberian petroglyph was spread all over the globe in those days when peoples could not contact each other?

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Are the stories of Manas, Mushman or Chicomecōātl a trace of an unknown history of mankind? Naturally, this is only one common denominator that can testify to the whole spectrum of things. In principle, thinking about a period of history that we do not know well is a difficult and tedious task. It remains only to catch such unusual relationships so that the scientific community could not ignore them.

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