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I read Parfitt’s book about the Ark, and he lays down a convincing argument for his thesis. Not quite as interesting as Hancock’s thesis that it’s in Egypt but more scholarly and, hence, convincing.
I would assume that Mugabe took it as soon as he heard; after all, it’s a potent talisman of power and Mugabe loves him some power. Too bad the Lucas/Spielberg fantasy won’t play out with Mugabe getting his face melted for playing with it.
Parfitt’s thesis that it was a drum capable of containing and directing a small explosion produced with homemade gunpowder seems quite logical, especially when we consider that Moses would have been taught the magic of the Egyptian priesthood. We can also assume that a simple, though loud and smoky explosion would have scared the living shit out ancient people.
The genetic proof that the Lemba are a lost tribe of Israel is bonus of Parfitt’s work.
*Though Hancock probably has it wrong, his weaving of Ark history is an interesting read. His book Talisman, however, is well worth reading in its exploration of Masonic history and its connection to the founding of the US.
Mugabe ruins everything he touches, even history. Kind of like George Bush with Iraqi antiquities.