They were slaughtered in an attempt to prevent a real-life attack on the Lost Ark—a such powerful and sacred artifact that was forbidden to be seen.
At least 800 people were murdered in an Ethiopian church in Tigray, which highlights the apparent whereabouts of “Ark of the Covenant”, which is one of the biggest religious mysteries and a movie legend.
According to the Old Testament, the Ark was held for centuries in the Solomon Temple in Jerusalem. A large, golden-covered wooden box was said to be used to store the Ten Commandments of Moses, but it disappeared after being fired in Jerusalem.
Since then, its whereabouts have remained unknown-rumors include that it was stolen by the Knights Templar and hidden in the reconstructed French cathedral, and buried with Alexander the Great in Greece.
However, Ethiopian Orthodox believers have always believed that the Ark was placed in the chapel of St. Mary̵
According to legend, the Ark was brought to Ethiopia by Ethiopia in the 10th century BC. The latter was stolen by the staff of Queen Sheba and Menelik, son of King Solomon of Israel. They believed that the theft was allowed by God because none of his Was killed.
It is said that the ark is so dangerous that it is always covered when it moves. In Axum, only virgin monks who have been appointed as guardians can see it.
There have never been any photographs, only the illustrations based on the description in Exodus Chapter 25, verses 10-21, with a golden “acacia wood” box with two poles on it.
Even the patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church was “forbidden to see,” and then the head of His Highness Abuna Paulos told Smithsonian Magazine in 2007. ,” he said at the time.
Axum’s high priest at the time told the magazine that the guardian “prayed to the ark day and night, burned incense in front of the ark and paid tribute to God”.
“Only he can see it; others are forbidden to look at or even approach it.”
Thousands of people gathered at the Zion Church in late November to celebrate the day Ethiopians believed that the Ark of the Covenant was brought there. This was one of the reasons why many people were there during the November massacre. This was only recently. Reported.
“When people heard about the shooting, they ran to the church to provide support to the priests and other people who protected the Ark,” 32-year-old university lecturer Getu Mak told The London Times. “Some of them must have been killed.”
Reports of troops destroying and looting priceless cultural relics have made people worry that the Ark will become a target. Mai told the British newspaper: “Everyone is worried that it will be… or even disappear, including me.”
It is not clear how the church’s ark was saved, nor is it clear about the guardian’s situation.
Some historians also insist that sacrifice is to defend worthless copies.
The late professor Edward Ullendorff of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London previously told the Los Angeles Times that he saw the Ark during World War II. It was “a wooden Box, but it is empty”.
In an interview in 1992, he said: “The buildings from the Middle Ages to the Middle and Late Periods were made temporarily,” he said, and the mysteries surrounding it “mainly preserve the idea that it is a noble object.”
Before his death, Uhlendorf told Professor Tudor Parfitt: “It is no different from the many arks he saw in other churches in Ethiopia,” Parfitt told Live Science in 2018.
Parfit said: “This is not ancient, and certainly not the original Ark.”
Ethiopians have been shelving such reports for a long time, but insist that people are proven to be fakes to protect the real Ark, their belief remains the same.
“If you attack Axum, you must first attack the Orthodox Tigrayans, but also attack all Ethiopian Orthodox Christians,” said Wolbert Smidt, an ethnic historian who specializes in the area. “Axum itself is regarded as the church of the local traditional’Axum Zion’.”