The Peace of God to all that belong to the Light,
There is a movie filmed in 1999 called the 13th Warrior, with the protagonist role acted by Antonio Banderas. This is the story of an Exiled Arab
courtier Ahmad Ibn Fadlan who joins a party of Vikings on a trip to the barbaric North in middle ages. Despite disapproving of their cold-blooded
human sacrifices he finds himself joining them to battle creatures that make mincemeat of human flesh.
The Director of this production is John McTiernan with an extraordinary cast of stars like Antonio Banderas, Omar Sharif, Diane Venora, Dennis
Storhoi, Vladimir Kulich.
Although the film is presented as based on a novel based on a legend, retelling the tale of Beowulf, the fact is that this Arab chronicler actually
existed and his trip to medieval Russia is not fantasy, but part of History.
its Production and marketing costs reputedly reached $160 million,
For a long time, only an incomplete version of the account was known, as transmitted in the geographical dictionary of Yāqūt (under the headings
Atil, Bashgird, Bulghār, Khazar, Khwārizm, Rūs), published in 1823 by Christian Martin Frähn.
Only in 1923 was a manuscript discovered by the Turkic scholar of Bashkir origin Zeki Validi Togan in the Astane Quds Museum, Mashhad, Iran. The
manuscript, Razawi Library MS 5229, dates from the 13th century (7th century Hijra) and consists of 420 pages (210 folia). Besides other geographical
treatises, it contains a fuller version of Ibn Fadlan's text (pp. 390–420). Additional passages not preserved in MS 5229 are quoted in the work of
the 16th century Persian geographer Amīn Rāzī called Haft Iqlīm ("Seven Climes").
Ahmad ibn Fadlān ibn al-Abbās ibn Rāšid ibn Hammād (Arabic: أحمد بن فضلان بن العباس بن راشد بن حماد) was a
10th-century Arab traveler, 4th century of Hijra, famous for his account of his travels as a member of an embassy of the Abbasid Caliph of Baghdad to
the king of the Volga Bulgars.
His account is most known for providing a description of the Volga Vikings, the Varegians or Rus people, including an eyewitness account of a ship
burial. He provided descriptions for various other peoples, most notably Turkic peoples such as the Oghuzes, Pechenegs, Bashkirs, and Khazars.
The people that Fadlan was commissioned to visit were the Muslim Bulgars in the Volga, a region in which they were surrounded by pagan peoples, like
the Varagians, people converted to the Jewish religion , the Khazars and the first small Christian communities of the Slavic settlers in the
Principality of Moscow.
Primary sources documents and historical texts reveal that Ahmad Ibn Fadlan was a “faqih”, an expert in Islamic jurisprudence and faith, in the
court of the Abbasid Caliph Al-Muqtadir. It appears certain from his writing that prior to his departure on his historic mission, he had already
been serving for some time in the court of al-Muqtadir. Other than the fact that he was both a traveler and a Islamic theologian in service of the
Abbasid Caliphate, little is known about Ahmad Ibn Fadlan prior to 921 and his self-reported travels.
In other thread I have already described one of two intriguing close encounters with UFO that occurred to expeditionaries of the past, The first is
when Christopher Columbus saw disc shaped lights emerging silently from the sea and flying off into the air. This occurred to Columbus in what is the
Sargasso sea, in the present day Bermuda Triangle area. Columbus recorded these sightings into his ship log.
The second is occurred to this Arab traveller in his trip to the Volga region , today Russia. He witnessed a fight between two ufos in the skies, and
was so terrified by what he saw, that he and his team fell down to the ground and cried to Allah to save them from those demons.
This was just the first of various sightings that Fadlan described in his records, how he and his fellow travelers witnessed ‘aerial battles’
between ‘shapes’ that moved through the clouds. Fleets of objects, flying in formations that resembled people and animals, engaged each other,
merging and separating for a long period of time.
Now, his hosts , some recently converted to Islam Bulgar villagers from the Volga region, however laughed at Ahmad and told him that fights between
these objects in the skies were very common occurrences there, and that they posed no danger to humans.
Scholars are intrigued by Fadlan's writing for another reason. He provides the first written record of how the Vikings that founded Russia lived on
Here some links about this interesting explorer and his odyssey across Ruthenia, the European Russia.
The thread is of course opened to the discussion of the topic, and to whoever know or want to know more about the strange UFO sighting episode of the
trip of Ahmad Ibn Fadlan that possibly is the eldest one ever reported to have occurred in Russia.
The Angel of Lightness
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