- Paperback: 372 pages
- Publisher: Contemporary Books; Softcover edition edition (May 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0809237962
- ISBN-13: 978-0809237968
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,058,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Passport to Magonia: On UFOs, Folklore, and Parallel Worlds Paperback – May, 1993
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Vallee points out that many of the chief characteristics of contact with fairies is coincidental of modern accounts of contact with UFOnauts. He surmises that these accounts are cultural-specific descriptions of a phenomenon that has been with us since time immemorial. It is probable that everything from demons, incubi, and jinns are one and the same as the aliens which now captivate our global attention.
Interestingly, the entities have consistantly been described as possessing technology just beyond the means of whichever society is experiencing the contact. Today, the entities appear in antigravity spacecraft, just as in the Bible they steered luminous chariots, and in the great airship sighting wave of 1897, they seemed to be manning turbine-driven zeppelins. The one constant throughout the ages has been the entities proclivity to tinker with the genetics of mankind. Vallee offers no answers to this strange phenomenon, but only wishes to point out that it did not originate in modern times.
I find Jacques Vallee's comparative essays (as I call them, finding each chapter stylized as an essay) are very intriguing. The entire book as a collective goes a long way to explaining that the UFO phenomenon (which, according to popular culture "started" in 1947 with the "Roswell Incident") has been with us a lot longer than most realize.
I agree with Monsieur Vallee that civilizations all over the world have had these experiences/contacts in many different forms throughtout the millennia. As a species, we would prove to be completely ignorant if we absolutely believed that we were superior to all other life forms, to the point of ignoring "specters" that are probably with us everywhere, in everything we see, everyday of our lives. And only those who haven't been totally conditioned away from their childhood insight by society have been able to see the fleeting images of fairies, elves, leprechauns, etc., or at least even feel their presence.
A definite must-read for anyone wishing to find out more about the history of UFO's & mythology, and their connection, or for anyone looking for answers as to why they have had a lifetime of unwanted supernatural experiences.
In his introduction, the author tells us:
"This is not a scientific book. It could be called a philosophical book, if there were a philosophy of non-facts...it aims only at the documentation of a recurrent myth; namely...contact between mankind and an intelligent race endowed with apparently supernatural powers...it's an effort to provide systematic documentation and literary illustration of modern folklore in the perspective of ancient myths..."
By cherry-picking a bunch of the more odd-ball (predominantly sole witness) UFO-occupant cases pre-1970 and drawing parallels with mythical encounters between humans and the fairy-folk, mostly from the Celtic mythology of the British Isles, Vallee broadly succeeds in his objective.Read more ›
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I paid a pretty penny for this book and enjoyed every second of it. This is the original book stating that what has passed for folklore for the last few centuries may in fact be... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Robert H.
This is a timeless classic about extra-dimensional beings which are often perceived as fairies, gnomes, elves, UFO driving Greys, and a variety of other myths created so humans... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Sage
This is a classic and a must-read publication for anyone interested in the UFO phenomenon. Vallee does a superb job of linking this modern mystery in the skies with a vast array of... Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by Vince Migliore
I've been looking for this title all over Internet, since I read Revelations by the same author, but the prices are ridiculous due to speculators. It's impossible to buy it. Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by Un lector
Vallee's book is seminal.
It was one of those few UFO books that will always be classic and "now" because it probes the unknown with an enlightened and interesting... Read more
Jacques Vallee was the model for the French scientist in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. To those who are convinced of extraterrestrial visitation, he was "in the know" during... Read morePublished on March 11, 2010 by Charlotte Key
Are they kidding? Not even collectible! ROTFL! Great book - read it once, but $60?! It's not even that old!Published on August 11, 2009 by Karris