On 6th February 2012 the following article by Dan Newling entitled ‘Reason for Zimbabwe reservoir delays… mermaids have been hounding workers away!‘, appeared in the Daily Mail.
Country and County: Africa
The Ark of the Covenant is the biblical vessel in which the stone tablets baring the ten commandments given to Moses on Mount Sinai were kept. It is claimed that the Ark still exists and is kept under guard in a chapel within the holy city of Aksum (Axum) in Ethiopia.
The Flying Dutchman is the most famous example of a phantom ship, although its true origins are now lost in the mists of time. It is the prime folk motif of this type, appearing in various adaptations and in literature, most recently given graphic solidity in the Pirates of the Caribbean films.
In her book ‘Travels In West Africa’, the British explorer Mary Henrietta Kingsley (13 October 1862 – 3 June 1900) describes an encounter she had in 1895 on Lake Ncovi with a glowing ball of light. She had brought her canoe to the side of the lake so she could wash, or bathe and her account is as follows.
Between Uniondale and Willowmore, in the semi-desert area of the Karoo there is a very well known story about a phantom hitchhiking girl called Maria. On 12th April 1968 there was a car accident on the N9 road to Willowmore, near the town of Uniondale. The car, a Volkswagen Beetle, was occupied by a young off duty Air Force Lieutenant and his fiancé who was asleep on the back seat.
"Apollonius, a contemporary of Jesus of Nazareth, was, like him, an enthusiastic founder of a new spiritual school. Perhaps less metaphysical and more practical than Jesus, less tender and perfect in his nature, he nevertheless inculcated the same quintessence of spirituality, and the same high moral truths." – Helena Blavatsky 1877.