Liou Ying - 3 June 1277, China, - Strange event seen at dawn
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
As quoted in Wonders In The Sky - Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times - and Their Impact on Human Culture, History, and Beliefs - Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck
An unknown object was immortalized in a poem by Liou Ying, a Chinese poet of the Yuan Dynasty. The title of the poem, which can be found in chapter three of The Yuan Literature Collection, was simply "Event Seen at Dawn."
"I rise at dawn and, through the window, I see a very bright star that crosses the Milky Way. Now I see three luminous objects appear in the southern sky, of which two fly away and disappear suddenly from my sight. The one which remains possesses five unequalled lights beneath it, and above its upper part I see something in the form of a dome. The unknown object begins to move in a zigzag, like a dead leaf. At the same time, some fiery thing falls from the sky. A short time afterwards, the sun rises but its brightness is dulled by the luminous object that moves quickly in a northerly direction. In the western sky, a green cloud is suddenly disturbed by another unknown object, oval in shape, flat, that descends quickly. This object is more than three metres long, and is surrounded by flames. It rises again shortly after its descent.
"In view of this splendid and amazing spectacle, I rush to the village to alert the inhabitants. When my friends come out of their houses, the flying machine has disappeared. After the event, I reflect on it very much but do not find a reasonable explanation. I have the impression I have come out of a long dream. I hasten to write down all that I have seen at the time so that whoever understands these events can give me an explanation."
Source: Shi Bo, La Chine et les Extraterrestres, op.cit., 37.