Rip Van Winkle: Twenty Years Of Missing Time

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Rip Van Winkle: Twenty Years of Missing Time A literary perspective by Raymond W. Cecot, Organizational Director, IRAAP Foreword - As a student of English Literature in college, I have always been fascinated with certain authors, especially some of the American writers. Once I became interested in "unusual" phenomena (such as UFOs, alien encounters, etc) I kept a close eye on Washington Irving's tale Rip Van Winkle, and began to relate some of its aspects to the alien abduction concept. At first I would bring this up in my talks on the UFO subject, always wanting to eventually put into writing my thoughts on Rip Van Winkle's possible alien encounter. I have finally done so. Although it is not the definitive work on the subject, you may find it interesting enough to provoke further investigation. Whether you have read Rip Van Winkle before or not, I hope this inspires you to pick it up, and enjoy it from an entirely different perspective. -Ray The concept of "alien abduction" has become the object of much scrutiny and research among UFO enthusiasts during the twentieth century. Beginning with the famous Betty and Barney Hill case in September 1961, right up to the present day, countless witnesses have come forward claiming to have been taken against their will by beings not from this earth. No one knows the cause of this abduction phenomenon -- whether it is extraterrestrial in origin, spiritual, interdimensional, or merely some sort of psychosis -- any explanation may hold the answer. Yet, the history of alien abductions in UFO research may go back as far as the advent of man on this planet. Ancient literary works have been interpreted as alluding to visitations by alien beings and their interaction with mankind. References to visitors from space can be found in texts as far back as ancient Sumer and India, down through Greek and Roman civilizations, the Bible, and
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