Jul 18, 2014 I Paul Seaburn

Do Indian Cave Paintings Show Prehistoric Alien Abductions?

It’s a story made for a Bollywood sci-fi musical starring Will Smith as an dancing alien fighter. An archeologist in India claims that 10,000-year-old cave paintings are depictions of UFO landings, alien visits and possible prehistoric alien abductions and has asked NASA and ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) for research assistance.

The paintings are in caves near the town of Charama in Chhattisgarh, a state in central India known for its cave artworks. Most of them are the usual drawings of humans, animals and everyday life in 8,000 BCE. Some of the animals are odd – kangaroos and giraffes not native to India and fish that are part human, or vice versa.

According to the Times of India, archaeologist JR Bhagat recently found new paintings of even stranger creatures. Here’s his description:

The paintings are done in natural colors that have hardly faded despite the years. The strangely carved figures are seen holding weapon-like objects and do not have clear features. Specially, the nose and mouth are missing. In few pictures, they are even shown wearing space suits.

Some of the figures are wearing what look like helmets and have things sticking from their heads that could be antennae. Near them is a disc-shaped object on what appears to be three legs that could depict a spacecraft.

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Indian cave art showing beings with what appear to be helmets and antennae.

According to Bhagat, locals tell stories of “rohela people” or “the small ones” who would descend from the sky in a roundish flying vehicle and abduct a couple of villagers who were never seen again.

Bhagat’s fellow archeologists disagree with his speculations, pointing out that many caves have similar images that are most likely traditional shamanic images of figures with antlers on their heads or spirit rays shooting from them.

Bhagat is patiently waiting for a visit from NASA. This sounds like the perfect job for Buzz Aldrin.

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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