The Nazca Astronaut Man / Owlman or Fisherman?

owlman 2The Nazca lines of Peru have long been a favored piece of evidence when it comes to the ancient astronaut theory. Consisting of various odd pictures visible only from a higher vantage point, one can see how this theory can be believed so easily. Although the lines have already been explored and debunked here, and also here, where they are explained as representations of constellations and normal astronomical phenomena, one glyph stills stands above the rest as possible proof of alien visitation to the Peruvian desert. The Owlman, also known as the “astronaut.”

The Owlman has big bug eyes and a round, space-bubble head. He also has one arm pointing to the sky and another to the ground. Proof enough, for some at least, that the Owlman is representative of an ET visitor. Whatever way you look at it, it is an odd portrayal of a human-like figure to be sure, most likely why it has been selected as proof of alien contact.

But like so many of his companions in the “I’m-proof-of-ET” pieces of artwork club, there is really little information about the Owlman available. Outside of the fact that he’s called “astronaut,” and occasionally referenced as possible proof of alien visitation, there is little else on the beaten path to help you learn about the glyph. Regardless if you’re for or against paleo-contact.

In other words, almost nobody has taken a critical look at the Owlman, one way or the other. That is except for this article  which mentions “Jaroslav Klokocník y Frantisek Vítek.” Klokocnik and Vitek have posited perhaps the best theory to explain the astronaut. That is, the figure is not an astronaut, but a fisherman, and that he’s holding a fishing net.

Still, another article gives us perhaps the best explanation of Vitek’s theory. (translated via Google)

“One particularly enigmatic figures is called Astronaut, 30 meters high, engraved on the side of a hill. As interpreted by Erich von Däniken, the ancient inhabitants of the region would have represented an alien.

The astronaut upward course in the right hand holding a red … A fishing net, say scientists checos.A feet of the figure, perhaps a fish or two, one above the other. The astronaut is a fisherman course, say the engineers and Frantisek Klokocník Jaroslav Vitek. And indeed, the archaeological investigations have revealed an intense exchange of goods between the coast and the mountains and the fish was one of the most important items of exchange.

Czech experts point out that some of the local archaeologists have accepted his hypothesis. Everything about it fits perfectly: the figure of the fisherman served for orientation, the fish symbolizes prosperity.

Near the spot where the fisherman is recorded, can be seen on the ground two parallel lines that guided travelers probably from the coast. Jaroslav engineers and Frantisek Vítek formulated Klokocník also hypothesized that the figure of the fisherman was a kind of billboard.”

owl fishWhile it is quite difficult to see the fisherman elements in most photos,  once you do see it,  it becomes obvious that the “astronaut” really is the “fisherman.” Here is an artistic reproduction of the glyph on the hill. In his right hand is a fish on a line, his left holds a fishing net. Take a look at that, then compare that with the aerial photo at the beginning of this blog post. The fishing theory starts to hold a lot more water.

Given that there appears to be documented evidence of some sort of trade between the Nazca and the people on the coast, fisherman showing up in Nazca art is plausible. It’s also well known that many of the figures portrayed in the Nazca Lines, like the spider and the monkey etc. are also represented in Nazcan pottery art.

Nazcan Fisherman

Nazcan Fisherman

The same would be true with the astro-fisherman, as there are a number of Nazcan pots depicting fishermen. Add to this that it has been pointed out that the skirt-like garment that the owlman is wearing is probably the traditional celebration garment worn by fisherman back from a successful trip. Or, my theory, possibly a poncho, which is a traditional Peruvian clothing staple. With evidence pointing to a fisherman, it’s not farfetched to postulate (as some have above) that this perhaps served as a billboard to let passing traders know to “stop here” with fish. Or perhaps it was a sign to their gods to bless the fish trade on their behalf.

In any event, the fish, the skirt and the net are there suggesting a fisherman, and it’s highly unlikely that ET would stop by Earth in a poncho for a fishing trip.