Some strange things have been happening lately in various parts of Zimbabwe.
Last month a man was hounded from a Bulawayo neighborhood over claims he possessed goblins that were raping his wife and his neighbors’ wives, and otherwise wreaking havoc in the suburban community.
This week Water Resources Minister Sam Sipepa Nkomo told a senate committee that mermaids have been hounding government workers off dam sites in Mutare, Manicaland, and Gokwe, Midlands.
The minister’s stunning revelations add to the many sensational stories that Zimbabweans have over the years passed on about supernatural manifestations in their communities.
Though many are skeptical, some do firmly believe that mermaids exist in Zimbabwe.
Nkomo told a senate oversight committee that traditional chiefs are going to perform rituals to exorcise mermaids believed to inhabit reservoirs in Gokwe and Mutare where workers are afraid to tread.
Mermaids are supposedly mythological water creatures with a female body and the tail of a fish. Those tales were mostly in circulation hundreds of years ago – but stories continue to make their rounds in Zimbabwe.
One version says mermaids carry humans underwater and if there is a public outcry their relatives might never see them again. But it is also said that victims can return as spirit mediums if their disappearance is not mourned.
Such creatures are said to be terrifying workers at the Gokwe dam in Midlands and the Osborne dam in Manicaland.
Nkomo said all the workers he sent to work on the dam sites to install water pumps had dumped the project vowing not to return to the areas because of the mythical water creatures.
Local Government, Rural and Urban Development Minister Ignatius Chombo, who also appeared before the senate committee, backed the call for traditional rites to be performed at the dams to allay workers’ fears.
Nkomo said the government is prepared to give the population the water it needs, but is unable to do so until the rituals are performed and necessary repairs can be carried out.
He said he tried to hire white personnel to do the work at Osborne dam, supposedly because they had not been exposed to the mermaids reports, but they too refused to undertake the project alleging they had seen suspicious creatures.
According to the minister, workers report that people have disappeared mysteriously while some have been chased away by the legendary creatures.
Traditional leader chief Edison Chihota of Mashonaland East said there is no dispute about the existence of mermaids.
“As a custodian of the traditional I have no doubt," chief Chihota said. "For anyone to dispute this is also disputing him or herself.”
Cultural activist Prince Peter Zwide Khumalo, a descendant of King Lobengula, said mermaids play a central role in spiritual beliefs and they are thought to mainly inhabit the largest dams, such as Lake Kariba.
“They are said to exist in water particularly in big dams like Kariba. I haven’t heard of mermaids in small dams.”
But Khumalo said it is important to weigh reality against what people believe because development can be delayed wielding traditional beliefs that cannot easily be disproved.
“I do not believe that they need to be used to hinder development. This needs to be looked into very seriously by the minister because they might go and do cultural rituals but find that people still do not continue to work,” Khumalo added.
Minister Nkomo, a Seventh Day Adventist Christian, said that while he does not believe in mermaids in this part of the world, he would not meddle in the traditional beliefs of others, including witchcraft.
Witchcraft is a controversial subject in Zimbabwe: Some see it as a source of trouble, others believe it can bring good fortune.
It is so widespread that it is recognized by the law – for instance the Bulawayo goblin man sought police assistance after he admitted that the goblins he bought from a n’anga to bring him riches were allegedly raping his wife and those of neighbors.
Cultural experts and traditionalists note economic basis of some beliefs - poverty turns many to turn to witchcraft to gain riches or to hurt enemies.
Chief Chihota said he believes political opponents were killed and thrown into the reservoirs said to be inhabited by mermaids, hence the need to appease the spirits.
The traditional leader said: “I think let’s go back to the late 70s when the struggle was being waged and I understand a number of people were thrown in those dams and nothing was done and a continuation has been happening. So we have to start from somewhere.”
But Nkomo offered another theory: He suggested that unusual water pressures in the reservoirs could be creating hazardous currents and perhaps illusions.
“In Mutare what I think is happening is that there must be a sanction underneath there which creates a hole and the water will actually be swirling violently that if you fell in you will not come out, even if you had an oxygen mask.”
Nonetheless, the minister said this is no laughing matter so traditional rites will be performed to comfort some powerful African beliefs.
Yes the movie is quite frightening in respect to the beautiful mermaids portrayed in the movie.
Well one did have a heart when she fell in love with her rescuer. I expect they find it hard to love us when we go about killing beautiful sea creatures such as whales etc.
I remember watching and hearing about the NOMMOS visitors that were aquatic, here is an excerpt:
The Dogon populate the central plateau region of Mali in Africa, there are said to be between 400,000 and
800,000 in this remote civilization. The Dogon culture has been known for its
dramatic art, tribal customs, and most of all their cosmology. The controversy
started in 1930 when French anthropologists recorded a strange legend from
Dogon priests. Passed down through oral tradition, the Dogon told a tale of
alien visitation from the Star System of Sirius. The alien race was referred to
as the Nommos and was said to be an aquatic race of humanoid creatures
(from their descriptions similar to Mermaids or Mermen). Interestingly enough
the Babylonian god Isis, is often depicted as a Mermaid and associated with
Sirius. According to the legend the Nommos descended from the heavens in
a great “boat” that was accompanied with much noise and winds
also, the Mayans and Incans also talke about fish people from the skies...
here is an interesting link from David Icke's site that talk about the Nommos: http://forum.davidicke.com/showthread.php?t=157293
Often especially in ethnic less educated communities the appearance of aliens are seen a mythical creatures.
There were fish like amphibian aliens on this planet already and they influenced the Christian belief. Who said they really left? Maybe they left Guardians to watch over us and now we want to bring our technology to their dwelling place?
According to secret schools and knowledge there were many alien races living working and fighting with and against other humans in the long past. They taught us many things like Tibetan healing for example.
In sacred Merkaba teachings they say the original Christians was a blue coloured race and they made such fierce warriors that fifty of them would have victory over thousands of the 'enemy'
Logic states that an alien race that condones and partakes in war would not be that 'spiritual' but who knows why they did it and also, how can we use our personal prefferences to judge or condemn another?
From what I gather, the other alien races who landed here were fighting for ground and using men as resources in battle.
I use to think fairies was fantasy but I can tell you they're real I have seen one
I love Fairy stories and I believe in them. I haven't seen any but I believe we will be able to see them when in 5d. I don't think they live in 5d but my desire to see them will make them visible to me.
When I was a boy I read the book of the two girls who would play with them in the forest. I believe they are part of the "earth energy" realm along with nature spirits who make themself visible to those who resonate with them. I have seen those but one has to look with 'another' conciousness and then the whole world comes alive with playful and wonderful energy.
On another forum we had a member who took nature pictures and highlighted the subtle ways in which they are visible and they really do look like goblins and stuff with their knobbly little faces and often they appear serious and concerned but in a way that stirs compassion and understanding.
Thinking more about this fascinating subject, I'm sure I remember watching a programme on the Discovery channel a year or so ago about strange sights recorded through history. There was one about some fishermen finding an aquatic being and bringing it ashore in their nets. This would be in about the 16th c in UK. It might have fallen from a craft or even been dropped, forgive me, memory going in my senior years lol!
HAHAHA!! The hanged man he?
My card for today happens to be.
Eugene's Personal Tarot Card:
The Hanged Man
This Tarot Deck: Lord of the Rings