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Old 07-04-2014, 04:58 PM
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Originally Posted by harry chickpea View Post
I like the Wikipedia article on it, where they said that it gave people hemorrhoids (tumors of the groin in some translations) and was attractive to mice. It was also carried well ahead and away from those on the exodus. Using deductive logic, I'm suspecting that it contained really stinky cheese.

Another trait was that when the carriers walked with it into a river, the river stopped flowing and the ground dried until it was removed, implying that it was selectively water repellant (humans are mostly made of water). I guess that means it could have been scotchguarded cheese.

What I do find at least plausible is that it resides in Axum. The links are not conclusive, but are at least feasible.
If the cheese is scotch-guarded, I'm not sure the mice could smell it, although mice can get to things you'd think should be impossible. Not sure it'd make a very good grilled cheese sandwich either. I heard that when mice nibbled on it, they became 15-foot tall monsters that shot lightning bolts from their eyes.

Whatever is at Axum might eventually be revealed since the roof is severely leaking and needs to be replaced. There's a single person designated as a guardian who is the only one to see it, so the locals pretty much take his word for it. It could just as easily have been acquired from a street market long ago from someone who said, "Psst! Hey buddy, I've got the real Ark you can have for a good bargain."

If it's as large as indicated, he's not going to be able to move it alone. It's said to be covered with gold. A new building is being constructed, and the artifact will have to be moved to the new location. Supposedly, it's been there since 1300 BCE.
Ark of Covenant 'to be revealed' after leaking roof in Ethiopian chapel | Mail Online

Other claims are that the Babylonians made off with it long ago when they sacked Jerusalem. In any case, it doesn't appear anyone was struck dead by it. I suspect none of these are the genuine artifact, but that whoever delivered the object made the claim that it's the one. After centuries of tradition, everyone thinks the one they have is it. I'd suspect the looting of the Babylonians is more plausible and that they probably melted it down for the gold. It's also possible it was moved before the sacking to a hidden location. One only need to think about the caves from which the Dead Sea Scrolls were found by accident. It could also have nee hauled off by the Abyssinians or the Philistines. Everybody and their brother seems to claim to have it in their possession.
Ark of the Covenant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
8 Alleged Resting Places of the Ark of the Covenant
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Old 07-04-2014, 06:19 PM
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Since this coffin shaped object was made by the Atlantean's and stolen by some religious fanatical group the best answer to the OP would be we need to find out what technological plateau the Atlantean's achieved....
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