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Re: UFOs & Fairies? - Clark

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004 13:36:05 -0600
Fwd Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004 17:55:37 -0500
Subject: Re: UFOs & Fairies? - Clark

>From: Nick Pope <nick.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004 17:23:31 -0000
>Subject: Re: UFOs & Fairies?

>>From: Thiago Luiz Ticchetti <thiagolt.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2004 15:51:15 -0300
>>Subject: UFOs & Fairies?

>>I would like to know if anyone has information about the
>>correlation between UFOs and fairies, mythology, legends,
>>folklore and so on.

>Many people have made such a correlation. Perhaps the two most
>notable are folklorist Thomas E. Bullard and author Jacques
>Vallee. Bullard's "UFO Abductions: The Measure of a Mystery" is
>worth a look, as are Vallee's books, especially "Passport to
>Magonia" and "Dimensions".

In my opinion Vallee's writings on the alleged correlation
between fairies and UFO occupants are close to worthless. I will
give him credit, however, at least for opening the discussion.
Eddie Bullard, on the other hand, does a masterly job of wending
his way through the complexities and nuances of the matter,
whose treatment otherwise in post-Vallee literature tends toward
the cartoonish and/or polemical.

I also have written on the subject, showing there are
correlations but not in any simplistic, one-to-one sense. The
question is not so much whether supernatural entities exist -
 an unanswerable one - as whether we can experience them, and
how all of this relates to the issues ufologists confront (e.g.,
are experiences necessarily events?). I refer anyone who's
interested to the introductory essay to my book Unexplained!
(1999) and to the chapters "Fairies" and "Merfolk." My "From
Mermaids to Little Gray Men: The Prehistory of the UFO Abduction
Phenomenon," in The Anomalist 8 (Spring 2000): 11-31, continues
the discussion.

Jerry Clark

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