Many depictions of flying crafts have been found across the globe, characterized in different ways ― some were beaked appearances, others had the round or spherical shape that is also known today; some were red and resembled a circle of fire while others were yellow and were spitting fire. But most of the mainstream scientists contradict these depictions, considering the ancient Earth dwellers primitive and with a skeptical way of thinking, relating sightings such as these with too much enthusiasm, or calling it nothing more than a mass hysteria.
However, the ancient Egyptians are renowned for their advanced understanding and techniques, also for their knowledge over astronomy which was very advanced compared to that ancient period. And a shred of interesting evidence concerning the UFO encounters of the past is the Tulli papyrus, at least according to many enthusiasts in this field. It’s an ancient text telling of great flying machineries spitting fire, which scouted the Egyptian sky before vanishing into outer space.
Though many researchers have denied the document’s authenticity and meaning which would otherwise change our current history as we know it, or at least add an impressive fact about otherworldly (extraterrestrial) beings.
The event cited in the Tulli papyrus was witnessed by an Egyptian Pharaoh ― Thutmose III, who afterwards ordered his scribes to write about this event in The Annals of Life so that “it be remembered for all time forward.” The strange occurrence happened around 1480 BC, and was witnessed by the entire Egyptian army.
Here is the translated text from the mysterious papyrus:
In the year 22, in the 3rd month of winter, in the sixth hour of the day, the scribes of House of Life noticed a circle of fire that was coming from the sky. From the mouth it emitted a foul breath. It had no head. Its body was one rod long and one rod wide. It had no voice. And from that the hearts of the scribes became confused and they threw themselves down on their bellies, then they reported the thing to the Pharaoh. His majesty ordered […] and he was meditating on what had happened, that it was recorded in the scrolls of the House of Life.”
Some portions of the papyrus are erased or barely interpreted, but the majority of the text is accurate enough to let us understand what had happened during that mystical day. The rest of the text as it follows:
Now after some days had passed, these things became more and more numerous in the skies. Their splendour exceeded that of the sun and extended to the limits of the four angles of the sky. High and wide in the sky was the position from which these fire circles came and went. The army of the Pharaoh looked on with him in their midst. It was after supper.
Then these fire circles ascended higher into the sky and they headed toward the south. Fish and birds then fell from the sky. A marvel never before known since the foundation of their land. And Pharaoh caused incense to be brought to make peace with Earth, and what happened was ordered to be written in the Annals of the House of Life so that it be remembered for all time forward.
If it was true, then this document presents a very important segment of time in human history ― when UFOs made their presence noticed to thousands of people from ancient Egypt, including their ruler. Even though the text doesn’t mention anything about a ground or physical contact with the strange flying object (or beings), it describes a unique encounter which ended mysteriously as fish and birds fell from the sky when the object left. The ancient Egyptians probably saw this as a divine wonder, a sign of great importance and at the same time great power over life and death.
What Caused The The Strange Deaths Of The Animals?
In present days, events like this are not a wonder anymore, that’s why we believe the cause of death of the depicted animals occurred as a result of the flying saucers emissions or maybe sonar waves. Whatever the case, we can interpret the strange deaths as a result of advanced technology, adding more credibility to the Dänikenian fact that there were indeed advanced extraterrestrial beings who were constantly visiting (or most probably guarding) ancient Egypt as well as the whole world in the ancient time. But for what??
The Original Papyrus Tulli Is Lost Today
Unfortunately, the original Tulli papyrus has been lost or is in the hideout, only copies remain. When researcher Samuel Rosenberg requested a chance to study the original document from the Vatican, he received the following answer:
The Papyrus Tulli is not the property of the Vatican Museum. Now it is dispersed and no more traceable.
It is speculated that the Vatican holds some of the most valuable documents regarding human history. If this is the case, it’s understandable why they chose not to reveal this papyrus of great importance.
The Unknown Fate Of The Tulli Papyrus
Further attempts to study the Tulli papyrus have been made, but without success. An inquiry was sent to Dr. Walter Ramberg, Scientist working for the US embassy in Rome, who replied: “The current Director of the Egyptian Section of the Vatican Museum, Dr. Nolli, said that Prof. Tulli had left all his belongings to a brother of his who was a priest in the Lateran Palace. Presumably, the famous papyrus went to this priest.”
Unfortunately, the priest died also in the meantime and his belongings were dispersed among heirs, who may have disposed of the papyrus as something of little value. It’s unlikely that the Vatican let a document of such importance slip away from their hands but, presuming it did, we can only hope that someone stumbles upon it in an antique shop like its previous owner, Alberto Tulli did.
Controversy Over The Authenticity Of The Tulli Papyrus
There is a heated controversy over the claim that the Papyrus Tulli is a transcription of an Egyptian papyrus dating from the reign of Thutmose III. The claim originated in a 1953 article published in Doubt, the Fortean Society magazine, by Tiffany Thayer. According to Thayer, the transcription was sent to him by Boris de Rachewiltz who supposedly found the original transcription of the papyrus among papers left by Alberto Tulli, a deceased Vatican museum director.
References to “circles of fire” or “fiery discs” allegedly contained in the translation have been interpreted in UFO and Fortean literature as evidence of ancient flying saucers, although ufologists Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck have described it as a “hoax”. According to Vallee and Aubeck, since Tulli had supposedly copied it during a single viewing of the original papyrus using an “Ancient Egyptian shorthand”, and de Rachewiltz had never seen the original, the alleged text likely contained transcription errors, making it impossible to verify.
While author Erich von Daniken included the Tulli Papyrus in his speculations of ancient visitations by extraterrestrials. In the 1968 Condon Report, Samuel Rosenberg reported that it was likely that “Tulli was taken in and that the papyrus is a fake”. Rosenberg cited the Tulli Papyrus as an example of stories circulated among UFO book authors “taken from secondary and tertiary sources without any attempt to verify original sources” and concluded that “all accounts of “UFO-like sightings handed down through the ages” are doubtful ― until verified”.