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Qiu Fuzuo - 1523, Changsu, Jiangsu Province, China - Flying ships, carrying men



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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

The Chinese book Stories in a Summerhouse of Flowers, written by Qiu Fuzuo, includes an account of an encounter that took place in 1523, in the second year of Emperor Jianjing's reign.

At this time there lived a teacher called Lii Yu in the village of Yujiu.

"One day when it was raining without stopping the teacher observed two ships sailing over the woolly clouds above the ruins, in front of his house. On these two ships that measured more than ten fathoms [over sixty feet], two tall men were busying themselves, each one twelve feet tall and wearing a red hat and multicoloured clothes. They held a pole in their hands. The ships moved very quickly.

"In the home of the teacher Lii Yu that day there happened to be a score of scholars who, alerted by Lii Yu, came out of the house and stood next to him to observe the phenomenon. Then, the men in multicolored clothing passed their hand over the scholars' mouths; their mouths at once became black and as a result none of them could speak. At that moment, they saw a man, escorted like a mandarin, dressed like an old scholar, emerge on one of the ships accompanied by a bonze. A long time after this, the ships flew away, as if carried by the clouds, and descended again a kilometer away, in a cemetery. The ships set off again; the scholars felt their mouths return to normal. But five days later, Ju Lu died, though nobody knows why."

Source: Shi Bo, La Chine et les Extraterrestres, op.cit., 42.

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