In a bizarre story out of Zimbabwe, a prayer ritual held in a river took a tragic turn when three people wound up drowning under mysterious circumstances that some have attributed to mermaids. The very strange case reportedly unfolded last month in the village of Makasi when a purported prophet from a nearby town visited the community to tend to an ill child. As is custom, the individual first met with the head of the village, which is where things took a weird turn as he informed this man, Victor Tazvigwira, that a spirit had become attached to him after he had stumbled across some human bones. Hoping to help rectify the situation, the prophet proposed that they have a ritual in the Musogwezi River in order to cleanse him of the worrisome possession.
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