Thursday, May 09, 2013

The strange story of Fatima

I saw my old friends in Antakya and revisited the Roman mosaics in the museum there which also has some handsome Hittite lions. They told me the strange story of their maid, Fatima. Aged 11, she was on a bus travelling from her village to Antakya when she spotted two men in their 50s walking along the road. She got off the bus and approached them, greeting each by his name. They had never seen her before and asked how she knew them. "You are my brothers!" she said. She told them about their family and said she was their sister. As their sister had died when she was 16, they were sceptical. She was their sister, now reincarnated, Fatima explained. She could prove her story, she insisted. In her previous life, she had hidden a box containing some very special things in their house. She described each object in the box. If they took her back to their house, she could tell them where the box was and that would prove it. They agreed and were amazed to find the box containing everything which she'd described. She was reunited with her first family and continues to be close friends with them. She's now 45.


Anonymous Portinari said...

Glad you went to Antakya. Did you see the mosaic which looks like a 'Union Jack'? We went on to Aleppo some 60 km (max) distant but it took about 6 hours. We were stuck for no apparent reason at the border where scruffy unshaven Syrian Border police demanded to know the names of our grandmothers. Aleppo and Palmyra were more than worth it. Pity!

11:29 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Greetings Portinari! No, sadly I didn't see the Union Jack mosaic but the largest room was closed so perhaps it was in there? I still haven't been to Syria but am hoping to go there one day.

1:19 pm  
Blogger Angus said...

On the west coast of Mull you can still find what the locals refer to as ' seer women '. They sound remarkably like Fatima the maid. There are more things undreamt of ...

5:22 am  
Blogger kinglear said...

Weirdissimus! But I am always astonished at what the human brain/psyche/soul whatever you want to call it is capable of. People have said that all of us have it within ourselves to do the miracles that Jesus did - we've just forgotten how.

6:46 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Hi Angus - I'm taking much vicarious pleasure from Bob & Sophie!

Let's hope so, KL!

7:51 am  

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