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The Mystery of the Amazing Alien Art of Charama

Ravi is a traveler and foodie who loves to visit off-the-beaten-track places and understand the culture, history and customs behind them.

Have Aliens Visited Earth?

Are we the only intelligent people in the entire universe? It would be foolish to think we are. Yet to date, we have not found any confirmed evidence on the contrary. This conundrum is called ‘Fermi’s paradox ‘that simply states ‘Where is everybody.’

The same question was asked by Albert Einstein when asked about life on other planets.

"Why should Earth be the only planet supporting human life?

One thing is for sure; there are no official records of aliens visiting earth despite thousands of years of circumstantial evidence, UFO sightings, and even stories about alien abductions. Green-eyed aliens with egg-shaped heads have just been confined to the fantastic world of Hollywood and Bollywood movies.

In fact, the very idea that "Ancient astronauts" (or ancient aliens) had visited earth and made contact with humans in antiquity and prehistoric times is scorned by respected scientists and astronomers.

For that matter, governments answer stories of UFO sightings on earth by either pointing to the weather or saying the claim could not be corroborated. It is a disastrous muck, and nobody wants to enter into it for fear of tarnishing his or her’s hard-earned reputation as NASA physicist Silvano Colombano says.

“General avoidance of the subject by the scientific community creates a catch-22 situation. Scientists might appear crazy for posing questions about aliens, but society will never know about alien life or any possible alien missions to Earth if no one in the scientific community examines the concept.”

That was the very reason, archaeologists in India were amazed when they discovered beautiful cave paintings in the Charama region in the Chhattisgarh state of India dating more than 10,000 years old. The paintings done in natural colors showed the everyday lives of prehistoric men and women, hunting parties, birds, wildfire, and recreational activities. Nothing strange at all as the prehistoric people have adorned caves with their fabulous artwork throughout the world.

Except that, the archaeologists also found some puzzling paintings in Charama that are unexplained to date.

The paintings show alien-like figures wearing suits very similar to modern spacesuits. The drawings also feature flying saucers, each with a fan-like antenna and three legs. Interestingly, the cave paintings have provoked enough interest for space organizations NASA and ISRO to get involved to unravel the mystery.

The alien rock art of Charama

According to archaeologist JR Bhagat, the alien paintings have distinctly clear unique features,

  • Humanoids with featureless faces (nose and mouth are missing).
  • Holding ‘weapon-like’ objects emitting smoke.
  • A fan-like antenna and three legs of vehicles stand resembling UFOs.
  • Dressed in loose box-shaped suitcase-like attire.

The aliens are depicted as ‘small people’ and while checking with the locals, Bhagat found that their ancestors for a long time had been worshipping some people called ‘rohela people’ who had descended from the skies in a round shaped flying object. According to the locals, sometimes these people also used to ‘take’ one-two villagers along with them who had never returned.

Who were these mysterious ‘rohela people’ and what were they doing in such a desolate part of India? Are they just a fitment of local imagination or did aliens really visited them? Bhagat goes on to elaborate that the paintings have been done in too much detail to be dismissed as mere imagination as he says.

“The paintings are done in natural colors that have hardly faded despite the years. The strangely carved figures are seen holding weapon-like objects and have clear features. Some are faceless with the nose and mouth missing. In few pictures, they are even shown wearing space suits.”

He claims that the paintings are totally anomalous and out of character when compared to other, already discovered, examples of prehistoric cave art depicting ancient life in the area. And this strongly suggests that beings from other planets have been interacting with humans since prehistoric times.

The Chhattisgarh State Department of Archaeology and Culture has asked NASA and ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) to look into the paintings and unravel this fascinating mystery.

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Similar alien artwork is found elsewhere

The Charama paintings are not the only aberration. Similar paintings have been found in other parts of the world.

Archaeologists have discovered drawings of alien-like figures at Legends Rock in Wyoming. This site has more than 250 petroglyphs and it clearly indicates that humans in the ancient ages were in touch with extraterrestrial beings. Another mysterious artwork discovered in Cayuse Creek in Idaho shows a humanoid figure inside a UFO seen emitting trails of smoke behind it. The examples of alien paintings are endless.

So, the big question is, do aliens exist? Many scientists believe that we need to work harder to find them as they are out there but the space around us is simply too vast to make our efforts bear fruit. It is just a matter of time, but aliens are out there waiting to be found.

As Ellen DeGeneres has rightly said.

“The only thing that scares me more than space aliens is the idea that there aren't any space aliens. We cannot be the best that creation has to offer. I pray we are not all there is. If so, we're in big trouble.”


Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on February 28, 2021:

Thanks Tuli

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on February 28, 2021:

Thanks Ann

Tulii Banerjee from Kolkata on February 28, 2021:

Excellent article Ravi. Thanks for sharing.

Ann Carr from SW England on February 28, 2021:

Interesting. There's no reason in my mind why we should be the only sentient beings in the universe. We have crop-circles too which are often difficult to explain. It keeps us exploring and researching, though I'm not sure what we're going to do with all this 'going to Mars' etc; I can't see us living there and I for one certainly don't want to go! If we looked after our own planet better then we wouldn't need to find another to mistreat. We've already left a load of junk in space - I think that's unforgivable!

Really interesting article and fascinating art.


Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on February 23, 2021:

Thanks Bill

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 23, 2021:

I learn of other cultures through articles like this one, so thank you, Sir!

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