Francis Valentyn - The man shall not fall but shall remain sitting in the air
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Francis Valentyn [as quoted by Colonel Henry Yule – The Book of Ser Marco Polo 1926]
A man will first go and sit on three sticks put together so as to form a tripod; after which one stick, then a second, then the third shall be removed from under him, and the man shall not fall but shall remain sitting in the air! Yet I have spoken with two friends who had seen this at one and the same time; and one of them, I may add, mistrusting his own eyes, had taken the trouble to feel about with a long stick if there were nothing on which the body rested; yet, as the gentlemen told me, he could neither feel nor see any such thing. Still, I could only say that I could not believe it, as a thing too manifestly contrary to reason.