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In my post just preceding yours, I think I make it clear that these were, in fact, not seen as traditional E.T.'s. Whatever the ultimate relationship to our reality might be, information gleaned in this way certainly qualifies as "real" within the context of that reaity, in that it can be shown to be factually correct,societally helpful and, at least in the case of the cultures I study, previously unknown to the persons who received it. For me, not the same as having, say, gone into sweatlodge and come out with new idea arrived at introspectively.
If you're saying that "non-human" involvement doesn't actually count as "alien", I think we get into a semantic argument that probably won't be easily resolved. Both the Dogon and Buddhists treat their informants as real and distinctly non-human.