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Marian apparition in Africa?

What, exactly, is happening in this video is hard to tell but it is clear that people were seeing the image of what appears to be a standing Virgin Mary in the middle of an anomalous mass of light. The light had appeared suddenly on the horizon, and seemed to have objects moving in it.

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Translation of the article posted with this video on Youtube, from Portuguese. As usual, some terms were skipped by the translator (e.g.: santa=saint, ovnis=UFOs, etc):
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This video and analizado on this link, where it is possible to see better the apparition http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRCjJoCKHuw.
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This Wednesday, day April 20, 2011, in the district of Yopougon, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, nine days after the coup d'état of France to install one of its governors, in the person of Alassane Ouattara, a strange event occurred, visible to thousands of people.
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The crowd cried, and all said that they were seeing the Virgin Mary in heaven.
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Several people have wrought in cell phones, and this is one of the recordings.
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There is a white core with enterno bluish or purple, which was considered by faithful as the santa with his veil to the wind, http://img718.imageshack.us/img718/7495/aparition.jpg
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Researchers are working with the hypothesis of hysteria collective, and conspirators cite laser rays in space, Blue Vara, HAARP, ovnis. Others said that it was the Devil.
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I am thinking about what would be the purpose of an appearance of this type, whatever it appeared, people were shouting had seen the Blessed Virgin Mary, if it were a UFO would have cried out that it was a flying saucer.
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Maybe you could have been a preliminary test of some advanced system of holography (Blue Beam or HAARP) , is being tested on a poor population, in order to verify the social effects 13this operation psychological.
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For catholics, this miracle would be similar to the miracle of the Sun involving Our Lady of Fatima.
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AND the final conclusion was drawn here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyiKFf9hWMw
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Unfortunately, there's a lot of key information missing as to the nature of this case. I doubt that anyone did look directly at the sun for any length of time, for obvious reasons, and rather used their video equipment (reportedly mostly cell phone cameras). *If* this is the case, then the apparition was probably generated in the cameras themselves: Whenever you try to record an unfiltered image of the sun, the centre of the image is overwhelmed, and typically produces a symmetrical artifact in the centre of the disk like what we see here.
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Remember, don't look directly into the sun without a proper viewing apparatus (thanks, Mom!), and if you like your camera, don't film the sun without a proper filter.
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That said, I do need to write up an article to the effect that despite what the source of a given phenomenon, regardless of how mundane, the explanation should not detract from what the observer gains from the experience. Our culture walks into movie theatres, with the full foreknowledge that what we're about to see is a deliberate illusion, but still oftentimes walk out affected as if we had experienced something real. Unfortunately, we tend to treat other phenomena differently, so if the Virgin Mary just turns out to be a burned-out CCD sensor, we tend to think the experience is invalidated. Remember, what we get out of an experience is far more important than what caused the experience itself.
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Okay, I guess that's the article. ;)

Gosh, we all need to be so careful right now and not jump to conclusions. Unfortunately, our beliefs and culture often paint the canvas of our perceptions.

I did not see a "Marian" apparition, but a diamond shape, which definitely could be caused by the camera and the extremely bright light. Something extraordinary is happening in this video, but what? Whatever happened affected the consciousness of the crowd and the person shooting the video, and I think that is the heart of the matter. Who or what was affecting them and their perceptions and, more importantly, why?

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