6.10 – ALIENS & INSECTS (3.7.14)


The Kalahari Desert, South Africa. The indigenous people of this area, called the San, represent one of the oldest existing populations on Earth, with a culture that dates back approximately 80,000 years. According to the origin story of this ancient society, the first humans were created not by traditional gods but by insects.

“According to the San people, the origin of humans lies with the praying mantis. There once was a bee who was asked by a praying mantis to carry him across a raging river. And the bee did so. He carried the praying mantis across the river and deposited him on a leaf. But before leaving, the exhausted bee left an egg inside the praying mantis and that egg is the source of all human beings.”

– Sabina Magliocco, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Anthropology & Folklore, CSU Northridge)

But where did the San people get the idea that humans were created by a praying mantis? Curiously, the San tradition also holds that a praying mantis gave early humans the gifts of language and fire. And one of their most important gods, Cagn, the creator of the world, often took the form of a mantis.

“The San people of South Africa had a fascinating theology. Their god was known as Cagn, and Cagn was a trickster god. He could shape-shift and appear in a number of different forms but was very fond of appearing as a praying mantis.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

“Cagn had a lot struggles on the planet Earth. There were many wars that were fought, and eventually he left the Earth by means of going up into the sky.”

– Michael Bara (Author, The Choice),
(Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA),
(Ancient Aliens on the Moon), (Ancient Aliens on Mars),
(Ancient Aliens and Secret Societies)

“Another interesting thing about Cagn is that it’s said that he created the Moon. And the San people do their planting because of phases of the Moon. So, you’ve got to wonder: is this praying mantis extraterrestrial god just some mythical figure, or is he really a representation of some kind of real praying mantis insectoid alien that’s come to Earth?”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

Could the prominence of the praying mantis in San mythology suggest that their ancestors actually encountered such beings in the distant past? Although most anthropologists regard these stories as fables, some Ancient Astronaut Theorists find it curious that the praying mantis is also a recurring image in reports of alien abduction.

Covina, California. 1963. In this small farming town on the outskirts of Los Angeles, 17-year-old Linda Porter awakens to find herself aboard a strange craft. From what she is able to recall later, under hypnosis, a small creature that appeared to be a Grey alien led her towards a light-filled room where she encountered another type of being one much taller and with the features of a praying mantis.

“Very stand-alone, very odd case. The fact that this occurred in 1963 is very intriguing, because it’s before the abduction phenomenon became popularized.”

– Chris O’Brien (UFO Investigator),
(Author, Stalking the Trickster)

“There have depictions throughout various abduction scenarios that include the Grey aliens and this larger, tall insectesoid being, very praying mantis-like.”

– Jason Martell
(Founder, AncientSchool),
(Author, Knowledge Apocalypse)

Linda Porter claims that throughout her teens and 20s, she experienced numerous   other encounters with these alien beings. But it wasn’t until the age of 45 that she finally reached out to investigative journalist Linda Moulton Howe to tell her story.

“I received a letter, carefully written, from Linda Porter. This led up to her sending me a whole lot of drawings.”

– Linda Moulton Howe
(Author / Investigative Journalist, Earthfiles)

These drawings appear in Linda Moulton Howe‘s book Glimpses of Other Realities.

“One of the drawings was of a praying mantis about eight feet tall in a room that was very odd, had a cylindrical object and sparkles of light.”

– Linda Moulton Howe
(Author / Investigative Journalist, Earthfiles)

“There have been quite a number of different types of aliens seen, allegedly, by contactees. But the ones that are really peculiar, and very rare, are these very scary, skinny, large, basically intelligent insects that have been reported.”

– Chris O’Brien (UFO Investigator),
(Author, Stalking the Trickster)

“People have drawn parallels between the aliens that are reported onboard UFOs and insects, particularly bees. The Greys, for instance, could be equated in some way to the drone or the worker bee. The so-called praying mantis type could be seen, perhaps, as the queen bee, larger than the others, more intelligent. They’re taller than a person eight or even nine feet tall. And the Grey aliens may handle the person who’s being abducted, but in the background, there’s this praying mantis type that seems to be calling the shots.”

Chris Pittman (UFO Investigator / Historian)

According to Porter, she is part of a larger experiment one in which these aliens appear concerned with her soul.

“She said whatever we humans are, we have an animus, a soul, that is mysterious to them, and they are trying to find out where does the soul, spirit, go at the moment of death, and that the non-humans were studying the recycling of the soul in and out of containers.”

– Linda Moulton Howe
(Author / Investigative Journalist, Earthfiles)

“She talked about being shown three cylinders. Contained in each cylinder was a human being in kind of like a state of suspended animation.”

– Nick Redfern (Author, Memoirs of a Monster Hunter),
(The Real Men in Black), (Final Events),
(The World’s Weirdest Places),
(Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind),
(Bloodline of the Gods), (The NASA Conspiracies),
(On the Trail of the Saucer Spies:
UFOs and Government Surveillance)

Numerous alleged alien abduction victims have reported seeing these cocoon-like containers, but if these accounts are real, might there be another explanation behind this technology? Could it be, as some Ancient Astronaut Theorists contend, that aliens are performing genetic experimentation?

“Linda Porter came away from her two or three decades of interaction with these non-humans, including the at first terrifying praying mantis, that these are extraterrestrial biological entities that have taken a deep interest in the evolution of life-forms here, that they have manipulated DNA in already evolving primates, that they have created a whole series of different models.”

– Linda Moulton Howe
(Author / Investigative Journalist, Earthfiles)

Might the numerous accounts of mantis-like beings reported by alleged alien abduction victims, along with the ancient San story of a praying mantis god, be evidence that an otherworldly race of insectoids really does exist? And, if so, could they be conducting genetic experiments with humans to make us more like them? Ancient Astronaut Theorists say further clues revealing the connection between insects and aliens can be found in the Holy Bible.


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