The UFO phenomena is a continual presence in the world today, where patterns of events and physical characteristics attributed to the phenomena remain consistent across borders and throughout history. The interpretation of events may differ, but the phenomenon remains a constant. Yet, once in a while certain locations and events fall outside the zeitgeist.
Nowhere is that more true than in Brazil. There, the UFO phenomena has taken a much more aggressive approach to contact, even violent at times.
Preceding Betty and Barney Hill by four years, was the abduction of Antonio Villas Boas of 1957. There was no missing time or screened memories to alleviate Boas fears. Boas was forcefully taken and dragged into a UFO by two small humanoids.
The event took place in the Minas Gerais region where Antonio Villas Boas was working his field late at night; a common practice due to the heat in this part of the world. He noticed in the sky above a red star, which seemed to be increasing in size. Once the object starting changing directions however, Boas realized that this was not an ordinary star. A realization further enforced by the fact that the object was coming closer.
The egg shaped shaped object, landed just a few feet ahead of a now stunned Boas. Panicking, he goes to his tractor. Unable to get it started, he runs, although not very far, as he finds himself forcefully grabbed by humanoid creatures he would later describe as about five feet in height with small blue eyes. They were wearing grey overalls and seemed unable to speak. They would emit strange sounds, more akin to yelps and barks than any kind of speech Boas could recognize. He is taken aboard the object.
Inside the craft, he is left alone in a room, but not before he is stripped naked and covered by a gel like substance. He feels ill from a gas released in the atmosphere, which quickly dissipates. Shortly thereafter, a naked female walks in, blue eyed with long white hair. She is clearly one of them, and cannot speak. Her meaning is clear, and intercourse follows. Once finished, she walks out of the room, but before she does so completely, she points to her stomach and then she points upwards. Boas is released.
While the event was somewhat traumatic. Boas suffered minimal physical symptoms, which included nausea, headaches and lesions that were painful for a few weeks thereafter. All in all, a relatively benign event, with short lived after affects.
Not so, for the following individuals. Minas Gerais seems to be a focal point of the UFO presence. One of the more active areas is the Valley of the Old Women, where in 1976 a most disturbing case took place.
Heirmelindo Da Silva was walking his dog at two in the morning when much like Boas, notices a bright light up above. The light increases in size as he begins to realize that this is some kind of flying aircraft.
He starts to run when cables with hooks come out of the object. To make the story even more bizarre, a small humanoid in a silvery suit descends along with the cables and attempts to abduct Da Silva. They struggle as he is lifted about twenty feet off the ground and eventually dropped. He is stunned, but left unhurt. However, three months later the dog dies of unknown causes.
As unusual as this story appears, even in the field of Ufology, it is by no means singular in Brazil. Rio Grande Do Norte, in northern eastern Brazil, has a history of similar happenings.
UFO’s in these regions are called Chupa Chupa; and a pattern begins to emerge. The targets are very remote rural areas. Bright objects chase and illuminate, usually lone individuals walking late at night. The light from the object is often perceived as very hot, at times causing burns to the individuals. The worst comes with the cold wind that also emanates from the object, because it has the ability to lift the victim off the ground and in some cases into a hovering UFO.
People have gone missing for several hours, and in one case three days. Strangely, in most cases, the object seems unable to abduct individuals, which at this point are holding on to tree trunks in order to resist the upward thrust. As a last resort, the UFO will at times drop unidentified hot oil-like liquid on the victim. A rather primitive resort considering the technology involved.
Post event symptoms include burns, headaches, nausea, diarrhea and eyestrain. More serious effects include body numbness and pain that may last for months following an encounter. Impaired vision may last for years and in one case in Minas Gerais, death, by what appears to be similar to radiation poisoning.
Let’s not forget that these are very remote and poor locations where access to a doctor, and much less a hospital, can be problematic.
In January of 1996, Minas Gerais was once again the epicenter of the UFO world. This time in a city called Varginha.
Liliane da Silva, along with her sister and friend were walking through a vacant lot on their way home, when Liliane noticed a strange creature among the tall grass and weeds to her left. Once spotted, the creature turned and looked at the rather surprised girls, who gave the girls a good look at the creature.
They described it as having oily brown skin, large red eyes and three projections on the top of the head. They ran away and never saw the creature again. The story doesn’t end there however. That night, Army vehicles and personnel were seen outside of Regional Hospital were sections of the hospital were closed off to both patients and employees.
Later that night, the same scene occurred at a more secluded hospital called Humanitas. The chaos made it difficult to contain the story, as several eyewitnesses came forward, claiming that a creature matching the description given by the three girls was seen at both hospitals.
Several military personnel also claimed to have participated in the recovery of another creature, separate from the one seen by the girls. Adding to the girls description, the creature was humanoid, presumably bipedal and under five feet in height.
Once the U.S military showed up, the trail goes cold. What happened to the creature or creatures is unknown. Speculation is that they were flown to the United States.
Why and how the United States military was allowed to operate and take control of this situation in a foreign country is unclear. Central America, South America and also Puerto Rico are a gold mine of UFO data. From the Zone of Silence in Mexico to the underwater UFOs in Chilean lakes and interior of Puerto Rico.
A wealth of data awaits.