Mokele-Mbembe: fact or imagination?

June 5th, 2009 - 8:07 pm ICT by GD  

The idea of the existence of dinosaurs has always been providing food for thought. The giant creatures that are said to have walked the earth in the past have captured the imaginations of many, especially that of writers and film-makers.

Arthur Conan Doyle, the man behind Sherlock Holmes, published a novel in 1912 called “The Lost World”. The novel was set in the ‘then contemporary’ remote Venezuelan jungle and told the story of dinosaurs still existing and surviving freely.

Mokele-Mbembe is a name given to such an ancient creature that is said to have existed in Central Africa a long long time ago. With the size of an elephant or larger, length up to 35 feet, shoulder height 57 feet Mokele-Mbembe closely resembled a dinosaur. In the Lingala language, Mokl-Mbmb means “one who stops the flow of rivers.”

Legends and folklore of the Congo River basin has it that the Mokele-Mbembe was an enormous cryptid that used to dwell in the water. These creatures have been sometimes described as living creatures and sometimes as spirits. From the time man learned about the Mokele-Mbembe, several expeditions have been carried out in the hope of finding evidence of the Mokele-Mbembe, though these expeditions have not been successful to date.

In spite of a large number of books and television documentaries on these creatures, the real facts about them are shrouded in mystery as yet. The Mokele-Mbembe and the diverse folklore and legends associated with it have regularly appeared in several works of fiction and are a part of popular culture as well.

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