I recently saw a presentation from Jaime Maussan, is a “ufologist” of world fame, and hosts television shows in Mexico. His website is in Spanish, but you can see English videos of some of his presentation on YouTube. In his presentation, I saw dozens of photos and videos, that really make you wonder about UFOs, i.e. there are many confirmed group sitings and photos/videos of unidentified flying objects… but what are they?
But one thing caught my attention to share with my Hebrew students. He told about the night March 31, 2003 in a Volcanic in Mexico called Ixtlacihualt. It’s peaks at over 17,159 feet, and it’s located 44 miles southeast of Mexico City and is often visible from the capital. Iztaccíhuatl’s mountain is called “White Woman” (from the nahuatl iztac “white” and cihuatl “woman”) because it resembles a woman sleeping on her back, and is often covered with snow.People saw many lights in the night, then saw something new on the mountain the next morning, which appeared to many to look like writing.
Someone thought it might be Hebrew, so they sent photos to Jerusalem, and the answer came back with four possibilities:
1) These are not symbols
2) They are letters and numbers (or perhaps letters with numerical significance)
3) They are written in Ancient Hebrew
4) The mode of the letters is Kabbalistic
If they are indeed ancient Hebrew letters, they came out with 3 or 4 possibilities. Unfortunately, Jaime didn’t go over each in great detail, and most of his slides were in Spanish. I don’t really rely on any of these as being accurate or reliable, but I’ll post the notes I took (right or wrong).
In some cases, they see the first letter as VAV (meaning and, then) and others a TET, which being not a word, they translate as the number nine (as verses in the Bible are numbered). The middle word seems to be YILUD (it/he will be born, or will give birth). The last word they seem to make out at “LATZ” or maybe “LAA”, which can they seem to translate as “mockery” or “dragon”. [I plan to do some further research with my reference books later this year.] Jaime went on to say that for ancient Hebrew, the dragon stood for knowledge. He also speculate that the first symbol, TET based on its shape, represents the serpent, and ancient peoples such as Mayan had serpent gods and saw flying serpent’s in the sky. Thus, he suggests that “In Mexico (the land of the serpent), knowledge (figurative for the dragon) will be born”, partially because Mexico is such a hotbed of UFO activity.
So why would UFO’s or alien’s (or even demons) write in Hebrew in a nation that speaks Spanish? While I do respect a lot of Jaime’s work, I can’t say I put much credence in this interpretation. I thought carefully before posting this because it seems rather fanciful. At least, it is interesting… and may liven up your interest in Hebrew studies.