Klau The ark of the Egbos
The ark of covenant and other unexplained mysteries.
The ark of covenant, not Noah’s ark, is an important religious object. People have various theories of the where about of the ark of covenant. It is unusually for such an important symbol to miss without a trace. The ark is so important to the people of Israel because God commanded Moses to build it.
“And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: …And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: …And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat…” exodus 25: 10-22.
It is clear from the above statement that the ark is not just an ordinary object although it was made by men. This is because God said to Moses “And I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat.” It means that the ark served as a point of communication between God and the Israelites yet it was an object made by man.
The mysteries and powers of the ark were mentioned in the Old Testament. The ark was so powerful that it takes special process to touch it or approach it. Even it killed the man that tried to stop it from falling down. The man only tried to hold the ark so that it will not fall yet he was killed. Some people in recent time claim that the ark was so powerful that it radiates light and because of that special clothing was used to approach it.
“And the philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer untoAshdod. When the philistines took the ark of God they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon. And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the lord; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him. Therefore neither the priest of Dagon, nor any that come into Dagon’s house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto this day. But the hand of the lord was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed them, and smote them with hemorrhoid, even Ashdod and the coast thereof”’ 1 Samuel 5: 1-6.
Dagon fell before the ark which shows that the ark is more powerful than Dagon. Dagon was humbled and destroyed by the ark. There are some mysteries which maybe difficult to explain. It is not an easy task to explain how the ark could be that powerful when it was made by man. Some people may claim that it is because it was commanded by God or it belongs to the Israelites. However, we know that some pagan objects are powerful and can do some unexplainable mysterious things. Those in the mysteries know that there are mysteries which are not open for all because it could not be understood or it is dangerous.
There is a small kingdom called Abiriba in Abia state Nigeria. They have a God which their fathers solely worshipped before the advent of Christianity. The name of the God is “Kalu” and because the place it is located within the community is called “Ndi Ebe” therefore the God is called ‘Kalu Ndi Ebe.” The God is said to be known by other names by other people. For instance, it is said that the Igbo call it “Amadi oha” while the Yoruba’s have their own name for it. Generally, people call it the “God of thunder” or “the God of Justice.”
During theNigeriacivil war, the Nigerian army was said to set Ndi Ebe on fire which is where the “Kalu” was situated. Every house burnt even a fresh tree close to the alter of ‘Kalu” burnt but the alter, itself, did not burn. The Nigerian army took the main object, just like the ark, which is used by the priest and which people usually see as the Kalu. The object is just irons in a type of bag so, they said. They tried to burn the bag and its content but it radiated the light and used thunder to kill the men. They abandoned it and even some of them came back after the war to admire the God.
Unfortunately the military men did not know that because the God works with light so even the owners of the God do not come close it with light. If by mistake anyone goes close to it with any form of light it will alert the people by radiating the light into their houses and the people will shout, as in unison, “who is it that goes with a light.” There are many mysteries that the God posses which has made it wise that a book be dedicate to it in due time. For instance the God, it is said, could cut down a long tree very close to it and bring it down in a way that it will not touch or spoil his alter. It can reject some eggs given to it as gift if the giver does not meet a certain demand. Normally, the through the eggs above somewhere and if it is the one he wants then he will break it will it was still on the air. But if it is an egg he wants to reject then the eggs will not break, no matter that it hits on a hard surface, rather it will bounce like a football.
People usually go to the God for justice which it does not fail to kill anyone found guilty of a crime especially if the offender fails to confess the crime. There are many such gods and mysteries in Africa and other parts of the world. It is because of the fast and immediate justice that the old African gods can grant that crime was less. That is why some African scholars are of the opinion that the advent of Christianity caused more harm than good because of increase crime rate and disrespect by the youth. This is because of the doctrine of judgment in heaven, forgiveness, and mercy which modern religion showcased. However, the writer thinks that it is not Christianity or any other religion that is the problem but the failure of the people to live in the true spirit of modern religion and what it teaches. Consequently, people commit crime while they are members of various religions because God is now slow to anger.
‘Kalu Ndi Ebe” is still in its rightful position and location even till the present day although the people of the community rarely go to it because of the modern religion. This is because it is now seen as an idol so only those few that are not ashamed of being called pagans still go to it openly while others, even members of modern religion, go to it secretly when they need justice.
The ark of covenant is a mysterious object and as such it is unusual that people do not know its way about. Maybe it is protected somewhere or it is actually lost but even if it is lost, the world should know where and when it was lost because it is one of the most powerful and mysterious religious object that is widely known .
There are many unexplained mysteries and powers like the mystery and power of the ark of covenant. Is the power actually possessed by the objects or the gods used the objects to show their powers? Let us not forget that some people have a human bullet proof by which their body can ward off bullets.That is mysteries the world ( science) has failed to explain and it explantion can only be found by going beyond science