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Originally Posted by hffan2000
i once read a book by graham hancock called the sign and the seal. it discusses his theory of where the ark of the covenant was actually taken. his theory is that was taken to axum in ethiopia. i believe the theory because it seems to me if it was taken there by solomon's son by the queen of sheba it would be logical for him to take it where he was living.
what theories do you think explain where it is ?
I completely agree with you.Here is why.In the Bible,1 Kings 10:13 - And king Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desire,whatsoever she asked,beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty.So she turned and went to her own country,she and her servants.
That verse means,he gave her things and he gave her other than things.He also gave her what she desired.She had a son.
And there is a very reliable old Ethiopian book called Kebra Nagast(translation Glory of Kings).The English title is called The Queen of Sheba and Her Only Son Menyelek.Basically,The Bible is part one of the story and Kebra Nagast is part two of the story.
Menyelek is also known as Menelik I.Kebra Nagast says that Menelik I was born and raised in Ethiopia(or Sheba).Then as a young man he visited his father,King Solomon,in Jerusalem.Menelik I was educated while in Jerusalem and King Solomon loved his son so much that he made for him an exact reproduction of the Ark of the Covenant.Menelik I was a wise man and he threw a farewell party for the priests of the temple and got them all drunk.Then Menelik I switched the fake one for the real Ark.He returned home,at about the age of 19,with the real Ark of the Covenant where it now rests in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Axum(or Aksum)in Ethiopia.
1.Sheba(or Saba)is modern day Ethiopia.
2.The Ark of the Covenant is called the Tabot(or Tobot)by the Ethiopians.
3.The Queen of Sheba(or Ethiopia)is called Queen Makeda by the Ethiopians.
There is a very interesting book called Where is the Ark of the Covenant by Arthur E. Bloomfield.It came out in 1976.It was also one of my sources of information.
Indiana Jones and the Ultimate Quest mentions this also.They talk about it starting at 00:32.
The fabled lost Ark of the Covenant -- described in the Bible as the sacred container of the Ten Commandments -- lies buried near the top of Mt. Tsurugi on the Japanese island of Shikoku, according to local legend.
In Japan, the rumored site of the legendary lost Ark is at Mt. Tsurugi in Tokushima prefecture. At 1,955 meters (6,413 ft), the mountain -- known locally as "Ken-zan" -- is the highest on Shikoku and the second highest in western Japan. Mt. Tsurugi is listed as one of Japan's 100 famous mountains and is considered the most sacred peak on Shikoku. It is also regarded as one of the centers of Shugendo, an ancient ascetic religion that incorporates elements of Shintoism and Buddhism.
Speculation surrounding the lost Ark at Mt. Tsurugi can be traced back to the work of Masanori Takane (1883-1959), a literary scholar with a deep interest in kotodama (lit. "word spirit") -- a Japanese belief that words and names hold mystical powers. Through his kotodama research, which involved the study of ancient history, philosophy, theology and cosmology, Takane came across a number of uncanny parallels between the Bible and the Kojiki ("Record of Ancient Matters"), an 8th-century collection of myths concerning the origin of the Japanese islands and Shinto kami (spirits).
In addition to suggesting possible links between the Bible and the origins of Shinto, Takane's research points to the Japanese island of Shikoku as the crucial bridge between the two. The Book of Revelation (7:1), for example, describes John's vision of "four angels standing at the four corners of the earth." Takane interpreted this as a reference to Shikoku (whose name literally means "four countries"), which is described in the Kojiki as having "four faces." After an exhaustive study of Shikoku's geography, climate, local names and folklore, Takane concluded that the lost Ark of the Covenant was buried near the peak of Mt. Tsurugi.
In 1936, Takane assembled a team of archeologists and began an excavation at Mt. Tsurugi. Over the next three years, they dug up an area measuring about 150 meters (500 ft) long and found stone artifacts, paving stones, a brick arch, and evidence of tunnels. The discoveries helped lend credibility to Takane's theory that ancient people modified the peak of Mt. Tsurugi in order to hide the treasure.
Takane and others conducted excavations on Mt. Tsurugi for the next 20 years. In 1952, a former naval admiral named Eisuke Yamamoto attracted national attention when his excavation team found what appeared to be badly decomposed mummies and evidence of marble corridors. Soon after the discovery, however, both Takane and Yamamoto mysteriously stopped searching for the lost Ark at Mt. Tsurugi.
Another treasure hunter named Yoshun Miyanaka began an excavation in 1956, but the effort was short-lived. In 1964, the Japanese government established the Tsurugi-san Quasi-National Park, a 210-square-kilometer (81 sq mi) nature preserve encompassing Mt. Tsurugi and the surrounding area. Excavations on the mountain were banned for environmental reasons.
The lost Ark of the Covenant was never found at Mt. Tsurugi, but the legend lives on.
[Note: This is the latest in a series of weekly posts on mysteries and urban legends from Japan.]