- A UFO sighting is called an encounter of the first kind.
- Evidence collected is known as the second kind.
- Extraterrestrial contact is the third kind.
- The fourth kind is abduction.
The fourth kind has been the most difficult to document -- until now. Set in remote Nome, Alaska, where a disproportionate number of the population has been reported missing every year, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler began videotaping sessions with traumatized patients.
The Buddhist Story of Sumer
(WQ with Wikipedia) "Sumer" (Sumerian "Land of the Lords of Brightness," Akkadian Šumeru, possibly Biblical Shinar) is a clear reference to Buddhist asuras and/or devas ("beings of light" or "shining ones," frequently translated as "gods" or "demigods" in the Greek sense). Sumer was a civilization and historical region in southern Iraq (Mesopotamia). The word "Sumeru" is famed in Buddhist lore as a mountain (taken literally by many to be Mt. Kailash in Tibet). But Mt. Sumeru is no ordinary mountain; its proportions are far too big. It is, rather, the axis mundi -- a pole or post against which heights are measured corresponding to various celestial realms as understood by the ancients. These spheres are concentric planes of existence above the Earth in Buddhist cosmography and cosmogony. But the ideas are very old and are also known to the Sumerians, Indians, Zoroastrians, and Greeks.
Sumer is the earliest known civilization in the world. It is known as the Cradle of Civilization. The Sumerian civilization spanned over three-thousand years and began with the first settlement of Eridu in the Ubaid period (mid 6th millennium BC) through the Uruk period (4th millennium BC) and the Dynastic periods (3rd millennium BC) until the rise of Babylonia in the early 2nd millennium BC.
Sumer was the birthplace of writing, the wheel, agriculture, the arch, the plow, irrigation, and many other things -- all of which are credited to extraterrestrial visitors, asuras or titans (giants). In Buddhist lore, the asuras were cast out of Tavatimsa heaven by Sakka, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (The "kings" are the Four Great Kings of the lowest heavenly realm, whereas the "lords" are the "gods of the thirty-three" in superordinate Tavatimsa).
The Tavatimsa devas drove the asuras from their world, it is recorded, tossing them to the base of Mt. Sumeru, on Earth. That this is echoed in Christian mythology is not at all coincidental. This is religious history in numerous civilizations that has since become mythology. The ancient Zoroastrians of the same region (in an area archaeological researcher Dr. Ranajit Pal insists the Buddha was born) worship Ahura-Mazda, which is amazing name or more amazing coincidence. Ahura = asura? The asuras were once light beings devas dwelling in Tavatimsa until Sakka, the King of the Gods (i.e., the devas dwelling in that world) took advantage of their intoxication and threw them out. They have been engaged in a "heavenly war" Christians characterize as between arch angels and demons ever since.
Extraterrestrial technology was given to the Sumerians or left behind by the asuras who enslaved them. The cities of Sumer were therefore the first to practice year-round agriculture (from ca. 5300 BC). By 5000 BC the Sumerians had developed core agricultural techniques including large-scale intensive cultivation of land, mono-cropping, organized irrigation, and the use of a specialized labor force, particularly along the waterway now known as the Shatt al-Arab, from its Persian Gulf delta to the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The surplus of stored food created by this economy allowed the population to settle in one place instead of migrating after crops and grazing land. It also allowed for a much greater population density, and in turn required an extensive labor force and division of labor. This organization led to the development of writing (ca. 3500 BC). The alphabet and script used were apparently also not of human origin.
Sanskrit, one of the principal Buddhist languages (some say the principal), was also brought down from a celestial world. It is called dēva-bhāṣā meaning the "divine language" or the "language of devas or demigods." This is to distinguish it from Prakrit or the artless language spoken by ordinary humans, which is what the Buddha -- as a human speaking to humans -- spoke. Now, all of this may not be true, but it is amazing that so many cultures speak of it as historical fact.