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THE UMMO EXPERIENCE:
ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?
by Scott Corrales
"An UMMO Glossary" One of the most distinctive aspects of the UMMO mythos must be, of course, the strange sounding names and concepts written entirely in
uppercase letters. A concise glossary of 400 Ummite words was
compiled in the late Seventies by Antonio Moya and Ignacio Darnaude,
the latter of whom submitted it to the attention of linguists at a
major university in Seville. The academics were unable to say if the
Ummite words constituted a real language or not -- a fact which
heartened believers in the veracity of UMMO. Here are a few examples
of the Ummite language.
BUUAWAA - soul, spirit
DOROO - magnetic recording
GEE - man
OIWI - year
OEMMII - body
OEMMOYUAGAA - terrans
OEMIIA BII- humanization
ONAWO WUA - college of mathematics
UAA - code of ethics
UMMOALEWE - general assembly of UMMO
UMMOTAEEDA - university
WAAM - cosmos
WAAM TOA - cosmology
WOA - God
UMMO -- a name to bewilder researchers with, yet one that delights the true believers. The full panoply of Ummite madness was never unleashed upon the United States, nor indeed the English-speaking world. The putative race of space-farers from the star Wolf 424 was partial to France and Spain, and its network of informants destined the bulk of its reports to recipients in these countries. One
researcher has gone as far as to describe the whole UMMO experience
as "Star Trek made flesh," a phrase which elegantly summarizes the
legacy of millions of words left to us by visitors from another star
Before the reader gets too excited, it is necessary to observe that
like Star Trek, UMMO was merely a work of fiction (a much kinder
description than merely branding it a hoax). The incredible mythos
spun out by Spanish psychologist Jose Luis Jordan Pena had
consequences that went far beyond any hoaxer's expectations.
An Exercise Out of Control
In the mid 1950's, Jose Luis Jordan Pena was elaborating the theory that paranoia was much more widespread among the population than psychiatrists of the time were willing to admit. Jordan Pena
believed that no less than 79% of the population was afflicted, and
proceeded to demonstrate the validity of his theory by concocting
the UMMO affair -- the story of tall, blond and friendly aliens who
had landed near the French locality of Digne. The belief in superstitions such as astrology, flying saucers, spiritism, shamanism, etc., was considered as proof of this paranoia by the
The perpetrator of the hoax of the century penned his own confession in an article entitled "UMMO: Otro Mito Que Hace Crash" for La Alternativa Racional, an Iberian equivalent of The Skeptical
Enquirer. A believer in the concept of "systematical paranoia,"
Jordan Pena put forth beliefs which, in his own words, were imbued
with a certain logic. He didn't limit himself to the theoretical
framework, but actually took steps (by his own admission) to create
a false landing in the Madrid suburb of Aluche, leaving bogus
landing marks behind, and adding to the confusion by availing
himself of a few sheets of polyvinyl fluoride which were unknown in
Spain at the time (a material known as TEDLAR, manufactured by E.
duPont de Nemours for the U.S. space program).
History of A Phantom Planet The physical forgeries, never too impressive to begin with, occupied the backseat to the scientific material dictated by the Ummite--reams of paper filled with information concerning their society, organization, and beliefs in the form of learned reports
aimed at familiarizing humans with their culture, as well as
acquainting humans with their perspective on our affairs, such as
ar, inequality, etc. These reports were allegedly transmitted by
means of dictation to a human typist (who was strictly ordered never
to attempt contact with the addresses), and then sent to scientists,
philosophers, and broad-minded individuals who in the Ummites'
criteria, would be able to understand them and put them to good use.
A considerable amount of the UMMO doctrine was put forward by
Fernando Sesma Manzano, a teacher and journalist who directed the
"Association of Friends of Space Visitors" a loose affiliation of
occultists, writers and saucer buffs who met every Tuesday in the
basement of a Madrid cafe for lengthy tertulias on the subject.
Sesma allegedly had the very first and only telephone conversation
with one of the Ummites, during which he was given the now-classic
introduction to UMMO and its lore:
"It is our wish to inform the planet Earth of our origin and the intentions which have led us to visit you. We come from UMMO, a planet which orbits the star IUMMA, recorded in the astronomical maps of your planet as Wolf 424...the difficulties of comparing and
checking the identifications of your system of astronomical
references against our own is quite indescribable."
Sesma's interlocutor, DEI 98, son of DEI 97, proceeded to explain that UMMO had undergone our own world's bloody turmoil in distant
ages, when it was exploited by brutal tyrants like NA 456, daughter
of NA 312. A child "renown from birth for her intelligence," NA 456
espoused the belief that breakneck scientific development was
critical to UMMO's survival. The entire concept of God (or WOA, in
the Ummite's language) was reinterpreted to mean the collected mass
of Ummites, with NA 456 as the "brain." The youthful dictator
imposed her belief system on billions of Ummites, declaring
emphatically that all those unwilling to make the ultimate sacrifice
for science would be destroyed. UMMO underwent a reign of terror
until NA 456 died under mysterious circumstances, to be succeeded by
her daughter WIE 1, a vain matriarch who put four million Ummites to
As DEI 98 informed Sesma, this rule of terror caused an anti-scientific backlash which culminated in the destruction of everything from libraries to nuclear powerplants. An interest in philosophy and telepathy replaced the lust for science. But perhaps
the most important event of this horrific age on a world many
light-years from earth was the rise of UMMOWOA.
UMMOWOA (the "Redeemer of UMMO") spread the belief in the One True God among his fellows. Scientists, jurists, technicians and workers
flocked to hear the teachings of this simple Ummite, a worker in the
solar power factories on the SIUU Plateau. UMMOWOA's teachings,
compiled in the form of a thousand TAUU (paragraphs), were
distributed around the planet in recorded form. But the authorities
had no truck with UMMOWOA's message of harmony and understanding: he
was arrested, tormented and sentenced to death, only to "disappear"
before the eyes of his captors.
In spite of the strong similarities with Christianity, all that the
humans were interested in learning from DEI 98 was how they had
first become aware of our "small blue marble" light-years away. The
Ummite was only too pleased to elaborate!
An Expedition to Earth In the 1930's, a Norwegian vessel on the high seas had conducted an
experiment in the upper reaches of the radio frequency (400
megacycles). These signals were received on UMMO, and although they
were short in duration, they sufficed to help Ummite astronomers to
pinpoint our location in space.
After much arguing about whether the signals were intelligent or not, the Ummites decided to outfit their first expedition to Earth, arriving on our world in March 1950. One of the earliest problems, according to the Ummites, in establishing contact with humans is
that their race is almost completely telepathic, since the vocal
chords atrophy and are useless beyond a certain age. Thence the
importance of establishing written communication. A large number of
the Ummites chosen for the expedition to Earth belonged to a
minuscule segment of their society that actually had use of their
The Ummites were not at all hesitant in providing descriptions of their homeworld. The planet UMMO was similar to our own in most
respects, with oceans, a single continental landmass, and with
considerable volcanic activity -- some of the Ummite volcanoes spew
clouds of incandescent gas for many miles into the atmosphere,
adding a glow to the evening skies that the Ummites consider highly
attractive. The physical conditions of their world cause Ummites to
be tormented by a number of afflictions, most distressing among them
a sort of madness that causes the telepathic collapse of an
otherwise rational member of society. Ummites have extremely
delicate fingertips, and the simple act of holding a cold glass is
excruciatingly painful to them.
Hard Science While the Ummites neo-Catholic version of theology may have been all the proof some followers needed, the hard, cold formality of Ummite
science was constituted pay dirt to others.
Recipients of the UMMO reports dealing with the secrets contained
within the propulsion systems of their OAWOLEA UWEA OEM (spacecraft)
were fascinated by the presentation of the concepts. UMMO's physics
bore no relation to terrestrial physics, and their scientists
considered Earth's view of space simplistic, since it didn't factor
in a veritable legion of algebraic and geometrical concepts. Space,
they explained, consisted of an indefinite number of dimensions, ten
of which had been mastered by Ummite technology. Perhaps most
distressing to the human recipients was the statement that subatomic
particles were merely "the various orientations obtainable in space
by the IBOZOO UU (dimensional axises)" -- according to the manner in
which the axises were aligned, the spaceships could become mass,
matter, energy or any form of radiation. A series of dimensional
shifts enabled the Ummite saucers to take shortcuts in space that
deviated "from the standard mode of diffusion of light." This
ability allowed the Ummites to make the trip between UMMO and our
own world in eight or nine months, crossing an interstellar gulf of
14.6 light years.
Scientists like Juan Dominguez in Spain and Jean-Pierre Petit were
riveted by these concepts and were counted among UMMO's staunchest
defenders in the scientific community. Petit, in particular, was
captivated by the Ummite concept of WAAM-WAAM, the "pluricosmos" or
"multiverse" that was the cornerstone of Ummite philosophy.
The Snowball Effect The attractive belief in benign, human-like aliens from a kindred world somewhere in the cosmos could have not found more fertile ground, and the UMMO mythology went from being a clever trick played
by a psychologist to a social phenomenon spread like a contagion
from researcher to researcher and onto the public.
Jordan Pena insisted that he had at first tried pouring the
proverbial cold water on the entire subject, but that the snowball
effect had wrenched any control he may have imagined that he had
over his creation. The reports allegedly dictated by the Ummites
were mimeographed and photocopies to researchers all over Spain and
overseas by zealous "spreaders of the word".
A religion had been born. Even more distressing to the creator was the fact that clandestine "UMMO reports" were mushrooming everywhere, discussing a range of subjects that went far beyond the original ones, such as the veracity of the Shroud of Turin.
The diffusion of the so-called UMMO message, ironic though it may now seem, contravened the rules that the experimenter had lain down for the project. In a letter to fellow researchers written in the 1990s, Jordan Pena stressed the "code of ethics": to limit the
diffusion of the myth (made impossible by the publication of books
on the subject); the repeated admonition "do not believe us" that
characterized the UMMO documents; the avoidance of any financial
contamination of the experiment; avoidance of any possible
identification with a cult; to culturally enrich the reader by means
of the allegedly extraterrestrial reports. In one paragraph of this
letter, the psychiatrist bemoans the fact that French scientist Jean
Pierre Petit's reputation was "burned" by his steadfast defense of
the reality of UMMO. But despite of the good doctor's protestations,
a dark side to his involvement in the UMMO affair was beginning to
El Ojo Critico, a serious newsletter published by a diligent and
resourceful group of young Spanish UFO researchers collectively
referred to a "the third generation of ufologists" shocked believers
in the UMMO mythos and scandalized their elders with the accusing
headline "A SEXUAL ORIGIN TO THE UMMO FRAUD"
The article, penned by journalist and television personality Manuel Carballal, stated succinctly that "after 25 years of continuing mystery, it has been the "new wave" of UFO researchers who has shed light upon one of the greatest hoaxes ever perpetrated in ufology on
an international level--the UMMO affair."
Carballal went on to describe how researchers Carles Berche, Jose J. Montejo and Javier Sierra, among others, were the first to discover that noted parapsychologist Jose Luis Jordan Pena was in fact the
intellectual mastermind of the hoax. This allegation would have
remained pure speculation had Jose Luis Jordan Pena himself not
chosen to step forward and admit his role in the hoax, using the
pretext that it had all been a "scientific experiment" aiming at
gauging the level of gullibility among Spanish researchers of the
1960s and '70s. Further research into the matter uncovered far less
Trinidad Pastrana, an occultist from Madrid, revealed herself as
having played the role of the mysterious "Marisol,"(note de vog: les américains sont les seuls à parler de cette personne, tous les autres désignent Mercedes Carrasco dans le rôle de Marisol.) who served as a
mediator between the aliens from the supposed planet UMMO and their
human contacts. According to Pastrana, she had made use of the
telephone to transmit many of the alleged alien communications, and
took advantage of trips abroad by friends or relatives to deposit
letters with Ummite messages in the postal services of foreign
countries, leading UMMO followers to believe that there was indeed a
worldwide network (conveniently headquartered in remote Australia)
of alien "visitors" combing our planet as part of their
reconnaissance activities. But most shocking of all was Pastrana's
admission that the messages had all been dictated to her by none
other than Jose Luis Jordan Pena, whom she had met during a radio
program on paranormal phenomena and who had later hypnotized her,
subjecting her to sexual abuse.
Mercedes Carrasco, the second "UMMO messenger", claimed to have met Jordan Pena in the early Seventies at a meeting of the Center for
Paranormal Studies and agreed to undergo hypnosis, first in the
presence of witnesses and later alone. She alleged that the
parapsychologist later took to writing her letters "masquerading as
an Indian guru" and telling her that "in another lifetime" Jordan
had been an abusive military man who was guilty of committing
excesses, and that she had been a domineering woman who had kept him
enslaved. In order to balance the "karmic debt," she would have to
endure a sadomasochistic relationship with him.
The Loose Ends It would be easy enough to stop writing at this point and considered the UMMO affair "solved." Too many loose ends persist, and some of them are significant enough to explain why the public hasn't fully
accepted the explanation of UMMO as a hoax.
First and foremost are the questions surrounding the landing of the Ummite spaceship [with the )+( logo on its undercarriage] at San Jose de Valderas in 1967. While the spaceship photographs have been
proven fake by computer analysis, where did Jordan Pena obtain
access to the strips of TEDLAR, a material destined to a highly
sensitive military use? Where did the psychiatrist secure the
ninety-nine percent pure nickel tubes containing the TEDLAR strips?
Wouldn't it be more logical to suppose that somebody gave him these
The possibility that the entire UMMO experience may have been a sort of secret war or battle of nerves between warring intelligence
agencies has been approached by a number of researchers, most
notably Jacques Vallee. It is also possible that "Project UMMO," for
want of a better name, came to an end when the intelligence agencies
in question achieved their goal. Those who swallowed the myth hook,
line and sinker, unable to bring the magnificent little universe to
an end, continued it with their own "reports" and "letters." When
they ran out of scientific material, the gravitated toward a far
simpler doctrine of harmony and love whose comprehension did not
require an advanced degree. This is evidenced by the frequent UMMO
conventions held in major Spanish cities and which are sponsored by
prestigious individuals who talk long into the night no longer about
interstellar propulsion systems but about UMMO's doctrines of peace
Veteran UFO researcher Raymond Fowler observed in his book UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors that in the event of massive open contact with a benevolent advanced alien civilization, many elements of the
civilian population would actually "transfer their allegiance" to
the newcomers due to their advanced wisdom and power. If the arrival
of a fleet of disc-shaped vehicles from UMMO were imminent, would
their terrestrial followers obey their elected officials, or would
they unhesitatingly run to meet their "elder brothers"? Could this
be the reaction UMMO was meant to gauge?
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