The Green Children of Banjos: people from unknown worlds

Strange green children

During August 1877, while peasant families were busy harvesting wheat, the small Spanish village of Banjos in the Cantabria region was the scene of a mysterious event: two children were seen, hand in hand, walking out of a cave which the locals kept away because it was considered extremely dangerous as it rapidly descended deep into the hill.

The two children, who at first sight were no more than 10-11 years old in addition to wearing unusual clothes of a fabric never seen before and similar to rubber, were of an intense green color, like the leaves of the trees and had negroids features but with sunken and almond-shaped eyes like oriental people.
No one had ever seen them before and they spoke an unknown language: Ricardo De Calno, local magistrate and major landowner of the place, therefore decided to welcome them by taking them to the village and believing that they were dirty, uselessly rubbed the hand of the little girl, hoping that she would return "normal" color.

The man tried to talk to the children but not understanding any of the words they said, he turned to a priest friend of his from Barcelona, hoping that his knowledge and his studies would be able to understand where those strange children had come from. The cleric himself wrote in his diary that no matter how hard he tried he was unable to understand the children's language which, in his opinion, could not be any of the languages known in Europe.
For the first 5 days they ate nothing, wasting away in an exaggerated way, only when they were offered green beans did they truly eat it. The child, however, did not live long enough, because he was debilitated: the doctors who examined the body, doing an autopsy declared that the pancreas was missing, there was only one lung, although it was twice the size of the human ones.

The sister who survived for a few years, remaining in the De Calno house as a maid gradually lost some of her green color and began to speak Spanish managing to partially explain where she came from: she and her brother had come from a land without sun, where people were green because they lived in perpetual twilight. There was a land of light, but it was beyond a great current.
When asked how she got to the cave she said that they both heard a very loud noise and were pushed through a kind of tunnel and found themselves in a wheat field. Finding themselves bewildered, the two children had taken refuge in the cave from which they emerged only when the sun peeped out.

The Green Children of Banjos-the girl

The girl lived for about five years, then she too died and was buried next to her brother

Testimonies and hypotheses

The first version of this story is found in John Macklin's "Strange Destinies" and published in 1965, being considered by some the initial source of this story but also Charles Berlitz's book "World of Strange Phenomena" tells us about these strange children.
Later publications state that everything happened in the autumn of 1887 and that similar stories exist in France, Germany and Great Britain: in fact, if it weren't for the fact that in Spain there are still records and testimonies about it, the extraordinary resemblance to the most famous green children of Woolpit, it might suggest that it is popular folklore or a legend.

Who or what were the Green Children of Banjos?
Scholars and historians who have examined the documents, finding them authentic, have formulated the hypothesis that they were probably abandoned children and the color of the skin could be due to chlorosis caused by malnutrition. As for their unknown language, they stated that it may be that De Calno and the priest were wrong and that they were only illiterate children or some northern dialect they did not know.
Maybe they were non-human children from another world who landed with a UFO? Maybe They have gone through a dimensional hole and they came from a parallel dimension? Or maybe they came from Agharta, the famous underground kingdom? The theories are several, since the children lived in a "fourth dimension", scientific experiments conducted underground or even coming from an alternative "anti" dimension related to the "theory of the hollow earth" and its inhabitants.

They did not awake until it was dark night, and Hansel comforted his little sister and said, just wait, Gretel, until the moon rises, and then we shall see the crumbs of bread which I have strewn about, they will show us our way home again. When the moon came they set out, but they found no crumbs, for the many thousands of birds which fly about in the woods and fields had picked them all up. Hansel said to Gretel, we shall soon find the way, but they did not find it. They walked the whole night and all the next day too from morning till evening, but they did not get out of the forest, and were very hungry, for they had nothing to eat but two or three berries, which grew on the ground. And as they were so weary that their legs would carry them no longer, they lay down beneath a tree and fell asleep.

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