Alien black magic and mumbo jumbo scares villages
Recent reported sightings of UFOs and aliens in
several parts of Sri Lanka have generated an interest among some
people about extra-terrestrial life but Police dismiss them as the
work of thieves or drug addicts while some villagers say the real
culprits are treasure hunters.
Thanamalwila in Moneragala District and Weeriyapura
in Badulla District are two such places where people are said to
have witnessed the so-called alien sightings and seen unusual footprints
and burnt marks on the ground. This resulted in rumours that UFOs
had landed in these areas.
But many villagers in Weeriyapura said there were
no aliens from outer space but only a group of treasure hunters
who believed rumours of treasures at the Sri Bhavana Dhammaramaya
temple in Weeriyapura.
“It is quite strange that these so-called
aliens wear boots and are dressed in black. They roam around the
village at night, knocking on doors, but no robberies are reported.
We believe them to be a gang of robbers trying to distract the villagers
so that they can accomplish their real purpose which is to rob buried
treasures,” said Somapala, a shop owner in Weeriyapura.
A woman resident said many people in the village
sleep during the day and keep vigil at night.
“More than 250 villagers are up at night.
It has badly affected the normal routine of the villagers. Some
monks at the temple have noticed several people running about at
night fully clad in black,” she said.
She also said these so- called aliens watch women
bathing and peep through windows.
Speaking to The Sunday Times Sarath Gunesekera,
a scientist of the Space Application Division at the Arthur C. Clarke
Centre said even a high speed space ship coming from the next nearest
star Proxima Centauri will take 4.24 light years to reach the Earth.
“It will take around 4200 years, at a speed
of 300,000 km per second, to come here. Aliens should come with
a mission to achieve which does not include treasure hunting or
knocking on doors. We cannot tell they are aliens without concrete,
reliable facts,” he said.
He said some people may mistake laser lights or
atmospheric phenomena like mirages for UFO sightings.
Dr.Chandana Jayaratne of the Dept of Physics of
Colombo University said meteorites were visible during the last
“At present research is being conducted
on whether aliens have arrived here or whether these sightings are
a fake,” he said.
Badulla police Chief Inspector, C.L.D.M. Wijayapala
said maniacs or drug addicts may be trying to create an unnecessary
nuisance in the villages or gangs planning robberies may be behind
He said the police were on the look-out to apprehend
any mischief makers.