In your research on the theme of ancient aliens of China, have you ever came across this type of ancient Chinese immortals called "the feathered
They are most prevalent during Han dynasty as the prosperous period reinforce the belief of immortality in the afterlife, as the feathered men are
said to be immortals who serve the higher deities, like Xi Wang Mu (AKA The Queen mother of the West). But the tradition of "feathered men" goes
deeper into the past. I will provide some pictures from my ATS photo albums which i have uploaded before, will supply more examples (particularly from
Han dynasty murals, because my internet quota is all used now) later.
Bronze "feathered men" from Han dynasty
Yu ren (literally "feathered man") from the Sanxingdui culture
Depictions of men with the bodies of bird on lacquered coffin of Marquis Yi of Zeng state (433 BC-)
(475-221BC) lacquered figure of winged deity from the Chu kingdom
Jade "feathered man" from Shang period (16th-11th century BC)
Commonly held notion about them is the idea evolved from Neolithic bird worship cultures then elevated to the level of seeking immortality as material
lives got improved.
These "feathered men" are supposed to be "immortal", it’s said they live at a place where there are no nights.
It is said in order to achieve ascension mortals need to grow feathers or wings first， which can be done with the help of self-cultivation as well
by taking certain drugs or substances.（It's well-known the first emperor of China, Qin Shihuangdi longed for immortality, but ironically， the
mercury in his "elixir of immortality" more likely poisoned him than what he intended")
But i suspect some of the ideas in these ancient believes may have other source of inspirations than pure imagination. For instance, the immortality
seeking Qin shihuangdi's meeting with the twelve giant immortals as recorded by official dynasty record，
I thought you might be interested.
[edit on 17-4-2010 by sunsky]