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Yabba Dabble Doo: How Aleister Crowley Introduced the Iconic Gray Alien
by Richelle Hawks

14:00 November 15, 2007

It is common within UFO and abduction narratives to find references to Whitley Strieber's groundbreaking and now classic book, Communion. Although there were several abduction oriented books before its publication, and many varying depictions of the gray alien, for whatever reason, that particular book and its cover image seemed to finally cement the UFO/abduction phenomenon and the image of the alien into our consciousness.

The image was powerful not only on this mass scale, but individually also; there are accounts of people noticing the cover's rather menacing bug-eyed alien and subsequently uncovering their own abduction encounters. In short, the image is and was undeniably powerful. But why?

There are many so called "nuts and bolts theorists"-those believing in the literal, tangible, straightforward reality of UFOs and aliens--who would argue (maybe rather exasperatedly) that the answer is obvious: that Strieber, being an "experiencer" himself, with full memory, and full writerly abilities, conveyed the abduction experience and attendant aliens in narrative and visual form, exactly. While it's possible, it's merely a logical deduction, and the alien story is an assumption.

Many might be surprised to learn that Strieber himself doesn't (or didn't) necessarily adhere to the nuts and bolts theory, or even that the entities are necessarily aliens. In a Barnes and Noble Author's chat transcript, dated April 12, 1997, he makes these following curious statements: "Is there such a thing as 'grays?' I don't know." " I don't know what the 'visitors' are." And, "I assume aliens are the answer when we don't know what's going on."

Even the aliens are vague on their origins and intentions. Upon further examination, even stories in which the aliens seem to allude that they are from another planet, it is clear they are not in admission of such. For example, in the Barney and Betty Hill abduction case, Betty, looking at a 3D "star map", asks one of her abductors to show her from where they originate. The answer is curious; the alien asks her if she knows where Earth is on the "map", and she replies that she doesn't. He then asks her if she doesn't even know where she is, how can he possibly tell her where they are from?

That the alien did not simply show Betty where earth was by pointing, and where his own home planet was by pointing, may imply an impossible fault with the question, rather than coyness on the alien's part.

So, if these entities we know as the grays are not from another planet, or perhaps not even aliens after all, then what? The theories and speculations are legion. It has been postulated that primates may have not been the only of earth's species to evolve into intelligent creatures, that the grays may be the end result of the evolvement of dolphins, turtles, whales, insects, or dinosaurs-and that these evolved forms may be either terrestrially or non-terrestrially oriented.

The grays have been proposed as being drones or robots. There are notions that they could be demonic hoaxsters. Then, there's the fairly worn out, if not now-pedestrian idea that they grays are evolved humans; "us, time traveling in the future," trying to save our species.

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