Were the ancient Dragons alien aircraft?

As previously shown, all ancient cultures around the world tell of a war between so called “sky gods” and so called “serpents” or “dragons” which were mostly either swimming or flying. I`d like to introduce this article with a gallery of Dragon Slayers from different cultures. It is my view that these tales are attempts to retell events that happened before the flood in a war between different different supernatural or extraterrestrial beings.

Image 1: The “sky god” Tarhunt kills the Dragon Illuyanka (Hittite, Ancient Turkey)

sky god kills illuyanka dragon

Image 2: Marduk battles Dragon-like being Tiamat (Ancient Babylonian)

marduk battles tiamat dragon

Image 3: Zeus in battle with the Dragon-being Typhon (ancient Greece)

zeus vs typhon

Image 4: Thor kills a water-serpent (picture is from an ancient icelandic script)

Thor kills serpent

Image 5: Indra subduing the Dragon Vritra (ancient Hindu)

indra vs vritra

Image 6: The serpent Quetzalcoatl vs Tezcatlipoca (Aztec, ancient Mexico)

quetzalcoatl vs tezcat

Image 7: The Dragon Zahhak (Persian Mythology)

persian dragons

Image 8: Perun kills the Dragon Veles (Slavic Mythology)


Image 9: Krishna subdues the serpent Kaliya (Hindu Culture)

kaliya krishna serpent

Image 10: Virgin Mary crushing a Serpent (Catholicism)


Image 11: An Egyptian God spears the serpent Apep (ancient Egypt)

ra vs apep

Image 12: Hercules vs. Hydra (Ancient Greece)

hercules vs. hydra

Image 12: St. George vs. the Dragon (ancient England)


Image 13: One of the oldest Dragon images (ancient China)

oldest dragon image

There are hundreds of other rivalries of the same kind not depicted here. For many, no depictions could be found. Examples: The Serpent of the Australian Aborigines, the rivalry of “Tiger and Dragon” in ancient China, Polynesian legends of ancient flying serpents, etc. Greek mythology alone has dozens of such rivalries: Perseus vs. Ceto, Apollo vs. Python and Kronos vs. Ophion, just to name a few. From the Amaru of Peruvian-Incan mythology to the Lindworm of German, Scandinavian and Polish mythology or the Horned Serpent of Native Americans, it is a difficult task to find a culture without some serpent or dragon myth across the globe (see this link for example).

The rest of this article contains excerpts from an article I have previously had published under my name in the Erich von Daniken book “Neugierde Verboten” (German Language). 

I’d like to suggest the possibility that Dragons are actually aircraft or spaceships and that our ideas of red-eyed-fire-breathing fantasy serpents are misinterpretations that have developed over time. The original descriptions of Dragons in the ancient texts were of flying metallic objects that “spit fire”, rather than menacing monsters. Metallic because ancient stories describe them as golden, silver, bronze, copper, “shiny” as well as “glowing in the dark”. Dragons and serpents are also said to have been flying, landing and taking off again, going underwater and even transporting various people (“Gods”) in their “bellies”. Upon landing, those “Gods” would exist them and walk around.

The list of Serpents from every culture and country goes into the thousands, yet conventional “wisdom” maintains that they are unrelated and fictitious. Carl Sagan for example, one of the most popular advocates of natural sciences in the 20th Century had this to say in his book “Dragons of Eden” (1977):

“The Myth of Dragons arose from the innate fear of reptiles that we share with other mammals”

In other words, millions of pages of ancient texts are meaningless and merely reflect “fear of snakes”? I don’ t think so.

According to some Chinese Academics, “Dragons” were originally not depicted as stylized snakes but as coil-shaped or disc-shaped. The Wikipedia entry on Chinese Dragons has this to say:

One such early form was the pig dragon. It is a coiled, elongated creature with a head resembling a boar. The character for “dragon” in the earliest Chinese writing has a similar coiled form, as do later jade dragon amulets from the Shang period.

The predecessor of the Dragon are called Zhulong (“Pig-Dragon“). They were a “coil-shape that later opened-up to become the shape of a snake”. This “Dragon” is shown in numerous ancient artifacts and is sold in our times as a jade embellishment, such as this:

pig dragon ufo


pig dragon disc

pig dragon disc ufo

Says the Wikipedia entry on Pig-Dragons:

“The character for “dragon” in the earliest Chinese writing has a similar coiled form” and “Early pig dragons are thick and stubby; later examples have more graceful, snakelike bodies”. 

What was originally a disc-like object transformed into a serpentine depiction over thousands of years.  Apart from “Pig Dragon” there is another Definition for the word Zhulong. From Wikipedia:

 The keyword in the names Zhuyin and Zhulong is zhu, “torch; candle; shine upon; illuminate; light up” . 

I wonder at what point shining, silvery flying discs became green fire breathing monsters. Even the Greek origins of the word “Dragon” point to something different than green monsters (from the Wikipedia page on Dragons):

From Greek δράκων (drakōn), “a serpent of huge size, a python, a dragon” and that from δρακεῖν (drakein) aorist infinitive active of the verb δέρκομαι (derkomai) “That which flashes or gleams””.

The writings of the Hindu Mahabarata also often refer to Nagas (flying serpents) not as Gods themselves but as the Gods “riding” on them.  But why do ancient cultures universally use reptilian creatures to describe what they saw? Is it because the flying craft were built to look reptilian? Is it because the pilots were of a reptilian race? Or is that the image those ancient Lords projected in order to deceive or entertain? I cant answer these question with any certainty. But in this context it is interesting to look at the ancient Chinese seal script form for “Dragon”:

dragon rocket


Today this character is pronounced “long” in Mandarin Chinese and translated to “Dragon” in English. The modern character has meanwhile changed to 龍. Looking at the original character for „Dragon“ though, it may just as well be some human or humanoid being attached to some vaguely aerodynamic device. Automatic associations to snake-monsters do not come up. Those “scales” on the side could just as easily be jet-nozzles. Another interesting Encyclopedia entry:

Upon his head he has a thing like a broad eminence (a big lump), called [chimu] (尺木). If a dragon has no [chimu], he cannot ascend to the sky. 

This seems to indicate some kind of device or pilot being necessary for flight. The word “Chimu” is also the exact name of a people said to have founded an ancient Kingdom in Peru (The Kingdom of Chimor). The Chimu of Peru, are said to be descendants  of Dragons (a main temple of theirs being called “Huaca El Dragon”) and their capital city was called Chan Chan, which actually sounds rather Chinese. In researching this subject it does pay off to pay attention to names, words and their meaning.

More from the publicly available Wikipedia entry:

It can fly among the clouds or hide in water (according to the Guanzi). It can form clouds, can turn into water or fire, can become invisible or glow in the dark (according to the Shuowen Jiezi). At the end of his reign, the first legendary Emperor Huang Di was said to have ascended to Heaven with his Dragon. Since the Chinese consider Huang Di as their ancestor, they sometimes refer to themselves as “the descendants of the dragon”. This legend also contributed towards the use of the Chinese dragon as a symbol of imperial power.

The Chinese knew many different types of “Dragons”, and the descriptions thereof tend to resemble a fleet of aircraft rather than a group of fantasy-figures. Lets look at only a few of the hundreds of “longs”

  • Tialong: Literally “Sky Dragon” or “Star Dragon”, a Dragon that pulls chariots of the Gods and guards places in the sky.
  • Shenlong: Literally “God Dragon”.
  • Fucalong: Literally “Hidden Treasure Dragon”, associated with flying into Volcanoes and Underground to hide treasures.
  • Dilong: Literally “Earth Dragon” (as opposed to “Sky Dragon”), also associated with entering rivers, lakes and seas.
  • Yinglong: Literally “Communicating or Responding Dragon”
  • Panlong: Coiled Dragon
  • Jialong: Scaled Dragon
  • Huanglong: “Yellow Dragon”, the vehicle of the Emperor
  • Feilong: Literally “Flying Dragon”, associated with flying in the sky in through the Clouds.
  • Qinglong: Literally “Azure Dragon” associated with certain “mythological creatures”.
  • Qilong: A Dragon sometimes horned, sometimes not horned.
  • Longwang: Literally “Dragon Kings”
  • Hong: Literally “Rainbow Serpent”
  • Teng: A flying Dragon without legs

There are many other types, too numerous to count. Thinking that all of this comes from “peoples inherent fear of snakes” is a bit of a stretch, is it not? It seems that all this talk of Dragons throughout the world is based on an ancient reality, long forgotten. The original meanings of the words were merely stylized and mythologized.

For comparative measure, lets take a short look at sanskrit literature. From the Mahabarata:

In the Mahabarata the enemy of the Nagas (flying serpents) is a “gigantic bird” named Garuda. I put “gigantic bird” in quotes, because just like the Nagas are not literally snakes, Garuda is not literally a bird. Garuda is a Deva (Demi-God) who uses a “gigantic bird” as his flying vehicle. Other accounts of Garuda say that he himself is “half Eagle, half Human”. He is also said to be of violent force, speed and martial skill. Garuda is associated with the star Constellation Aquila (The Latin name for Eagle). The star constellation was associated with flying vultures by the ancient Romans. This is interesting because Buddhist Tradition also has their own Garuda which they describe as an “extremely predatory giant bird”.  Buddhist Mythology also says Garuda is “well-winged” or has “speedy wings”.

“As a bird” Garuda is said to have a golden body. When he flies he is so big that he “blocks out the sun”.  Although he is said to be the enemy of the serpents, his mothers sister is said to be “The Mother of Serpents”. One day his mother, Vinata lost a foolish bet or game to her sister (the serpent) and became enslaved to her. Garuda wished to release his mother from slavery, approached the serpents and asked them how he could buy her freedom. They told him he’d have to go to into the “Ocean of Milk” (the Milky Way)  and bring them amrita, “elixir of immortality”. Amrita at that time was said to be in the possession of other Gods who guarded it jealously. They had “ringed the elixir with a massive blazing ring of light that covered the sky” and had “blocked the way to it with a fierce mechanical contraption of sharp rotating blades”. Despite these precautions Garuda travelled to the “abode of the Gods in the sky” to steal their treasure.  He was met by Gods in full battle-array. Garuda defeated their army and “scattered them in all directions”. He then extinguished the “Ring of Fire” with some type of water and passed through the rotating blades by reducing his size. He then returned to the serpents with the elixir (and later conspired to regain possession of it).

Only this short trip to Vedic literature shows that the ancients of India knew how to discern between normal birds and snakes and those vehicles piloted by the “Gods”. Vedic literature is also full of descriptions of mechanical devices and machinery. It seems that here the Information was passed down with less filtering than elsewhere.

For the longest time Dragons were worshipped as holy in China. They are still revered and it is considered a crime to treat depictions of Dragons disrespectfully. Western Science has placed the entire Mythology into “spiritual” realms with no connection to or bearing on our physical reality. However, the Dragons or Pilots/Gods of the Dragons respectively, are described as having entirely human traits and dealing with everyday life. According to Chinese Mythology they…

  • Mated with Humans and produced offspring (“Descendants of the Dragon”)
  • Dragons can support heavy weights
  • They like music and literature
  • They can fly very fast
  • They can slaughter their enemies
  • Dragons themselves can be very loud and noisy

In Vedic literature, the enemy of the serpent is the Eagle. In Chinese Mythology the serpents greatest adversary is the Tiger – the flying Tiger to be more precise. Guru Rinpoche was said to be flying around Asia rescuing various areas from serpents and demons and spreading Buddhism throughout the Himalayas. Just like all other post-flood Religions, Buddhists viewed the serpent as an adversary.

In Bhutan the word for “Thunder Dragon” is Druk, which is interestingly more related to our word for it than the Chinese “long”. In their own language Bhutan is called Druk Yul, “Land of the Dragon” and their leaders are called Druk Gyalpo, Dragon Kings. The reason it is called “Thunder Dragon” is because thunder is “the voice of the Dragon roaring”.

In Japan the most ancient word for Dragon is Tatsu (which reminds me of an ancient Germa word for Dragon “Tatzel-wurm”). Another word is ryū.   In ancient Japan Dragons also fly but more often they are described as descending into water. The first Emperor of Japan, the Half-God Jimmu is said to descend from Toyotama-hime, a goddess who was married to the Dragon-God Ryūjin. So here we have yet another “founder of a country” who is descendant from “Dragons”. Japanese Mythology agrees that the “Dragon” is in conflict with the “Tiger”. The Tatsu is often described as being able to either shapeshift or disappear.

Korean Dragons are also able to fly but, just like Japanese Dragons, are often described as ascending into and dwelling in the Oceans. Possibly Dragons are “flying creatures” in China because the landmass of China does not have many oceans to descend into, whereas Japan and Korea are surrounded by waters. More often than in other countries, Korea features Dragons speaking and communicating – both with each other and the surface dwelling humans. Some of the Korean Dragons are shown carrying mysterious orbs known as Yeouji in their claws or mouth. It is said that these orbs gave them special powers.

Were the ancient Dragons actually alien aircraft, as the title of this article says? Or were they the aliens themselves? Or rather supernatural beings? I don’ t know. But viewing the evidence I think that there is a strong possibility that all of these stories and images are more than just “myths based on our fear of snakes”.