Once upon a time, Europe was flooded with information from the alleged residents of the planet Ummo, and defectors from the USSR claimed that the KGB even managed to detain and study one of the aliens.
This story began in 1966, as usual, with devilry. Bored students at the University of Madrid organized an esoteric circle in which they practiced table-turning and talking with spirits – a rather strange activity for Catholic Spain.
Once, one of them came up with a “wonderful” idea – to try to call into conversation not the souls of long-dead ancestors and not demons, but aliens. And what was the surprise of young scientists when some “inhabitants of the planet Ummo” from the constellation Virgo responded to the call. Yes, they did not just respond, but began to actively talk with students, telling them about their own planet. They talked so much that one of the students, Fernando Sesma, even published a brochure on this topic.
Had he lived in the Middle Ages, he would have been burned at the stake for communicating with demons, but, unfortunately, the grain fell on fertilized soil. Here and there in the media, there were reports of flying saucers, and the book began to be bought. Sesma was already rubbing his hands in anticipation of profits, but one night, he received a phone call in his apartment.
Photo of the “Ummo Ship”, published June 1, 1967. Photo © Wikipedia
A muffled voice on the phone told the student that a resident of the planet Ummo was talking to him, that aliens had been exploring Earth for 70 years and that the last resident troop was landed on the planet in 1956. In the Alps (in a mountainous region that belonged to France), six agents of the Ummite civilization landed from a space “saucer”: two women and four men. They had to not only study the flora and fauna of the planet, but also study the culture of people.
According to the ummit, the diversity of human relations, nationalities and cultures amazed the aliens so much that they decided to postpone official contact with earthlings for a while in order to get to know them better. Sesma’s interlocutor was outraged by the multiple inaccuracies that were present in the brochure, and demanded that the earthling fix the mistakes.
Already in the morning, Sesma considered the night conversation a good prank, but, to his surprise, a few days later he received in the mail a whole pile of documents describing life on the planet Ummo. Each of the sheets was marked with a special emblem. The documents claimed that planet Ummo revolves around the star of Yumma, its coordinates were given right there, and the civilization and culture of the Ummites were also described. It turned out that the structure of their society resembles the era of victorious communism. Each of the inhabitants of Ummo was a neuron of one huge brain, united by a “common soul”. The Ummites were very similar to earthlings, light-haired, light-eyed, and the average height was two meters.
Smells played an important role in the Ummo civilization, there were their own ideas about God, reminiscent of Kant’s ideas, there were also eschatological ideas about the end of the world. The arts never existed on the Ummo, but the Ummites were good engineers, and all important decisions were made together through some semblance of the Internet.
Men in Black
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Since then, Sesma began to receive letters from the Ummites with enviable regularity – every second Tuesday of the month. Letters came to him from all over the world: from America, from Australia, from Africa and even from behind the “Iron Curtain” (from the territory of Eastern Europe and from the Soviet Union). A year later, in 1967, information began to be dictated by telephone, and at the beginning of the summer Sesme was told that the Spaniards should wait for guests: on July 1, 1967, an alien ship would land in the suburbs of Madrid.
An agitated Sesma warned the local police about this, but they only laughed at him. On July 1, a flood of messages from local residents poured into the Madrid police and local newspapers. All of them saw UFOs in the sky over Madrid, and at the site of the announced landing they found several strange cylinders and ten strips of polyvinyl with the inscription “Ummo” in Latin.
Finally, journalists became interested in the aliens. They found that in Madrid alone, 65 people received letters from the Ummites. The contactees were not only in Spain, but also in France and in other European countries. Some have received letters since 1962. Obviously, the letters and information from the Ummites should have given humans a chance to get used to future alien intervention.
A letter in Spanish sent to a certain Enrique Villagras on November 28, 1966. Noteworthy is the lilac seal with the Ummo symbol (bottom right). Photo © Wikipedia
In the Spanish town of Burnet, they even recalled the appearance of strange, very tall, fair-haired people in black suits, who kept themselves apart, and then disappeared somewhere. The result of their appearance was the disappearance of a whole bus with tourists who were never found.
After covering the problem in the media, scientists got involved. The astrophysicist, head of the National Center for Scientific Research of France, Jean-Pierre Petit, was most interested in the question. At first he wanted to expose the invention, but in the process of studying the materials he changed his mind. The data about the science of Ummo were so interesting and difficult to understand that they baffled the scientist, and he began to lean towards the opinion about the authenticity of the documents.
Petyo even wrote once that more than 90% of his discoveries are the result of ideas suggested to him by the Ummites. For example, the scientist proposed to revise the Big Bang theory, since the speed of light is not always the same, and time under certain conditions can flow backwards.
What was it?
Modern researchers of the problem have several versions of the appearance of the Ummite letters. The first version says that the letters are authentic, the Ummites exist. In Russia, they were even associated with a whole series of deaths among ufologists. However, there is still no direct evidence of the existence of the Ummites, and the letters do not carry any fundamentally new information for humanity. Scientists have long scanned the space where the star of Humma should have been, but they did not find anything there.
The second version says that this story is an operation of the special services. For example, the Spanish special services at one time stated that the letters were a provocation by the KGB. Say, in such an intricate way, the Soviet Union wanted to change the political background in Spain, because the country remained practically the only place in Europe in which there was no communist party. Again, there was no evidence, except that the lilac emblem of the Ummites somehow very suspiciously resembled the Cyrillic letter “zh”.
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After the fall of the USSR, there were people who allegedly saw the “blue folder” “leaked” to the West, into which the KGB put all documents related to the study of extraterrestrial intelligence. And supposedly it said not only about the authenticity of the letters, but also about the fact that in the USSR it was possible not only to catch, but also to study one of the Ummites. A former KGB officer P. Klimchenkov who fled to the West told about this to one of the American journalists. The third version was that the Europeans became the target of a prank by a leftist youth group, which thus spread their ideas.
But the most popular was the assumption that the Ummite letters were the fruit of a complex hoax, behind which stood a whole group of scholars who disliked the dictator Franco. In 1992, psychologist Jose Luis Peña admitted this, who said that in such an intricate way he wanted to test the readiness of humanity for contact. He was indeed among those who received the Ummite letters. And in 1966 he even claimed to have seen a spaceship with the emblem of the Ummites. By the time of recognition, the scientist had already suffered a stroke and completely lost his speech.
Wait and see
In the 21st century, Ummites communicate with people through tweets. They report that there are now 240 aliens on Earth, that 432 more Ummo agents will arrive in December 2020, and preparations for contact between civilizations will begin in three years – in 2023. Then a certain hierarch with powers will arrive on Earth.
The Ummites have already had their harmful influence on the earthlings. For example, in Bolivia, a sect has emerged whose followers call themselves the children of the Ummo. Perhaps a group of students engaged in table-turning really looked into the abyss somewhere. And the abyss, as it should be, looked at people in response.
Source: LIFE Magazine