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Mokele-mbembe is a cryptid that is said to live in the depths of the Congo River in Africa. Its name translates in Lingaga language as one who stops the flow of rivers. It is sometimes described as a living creature, and other times a spirit.


Descriptions of the Mokèlé-mbèmbé vary. Some legends describe it as having an elephant-like body with a long neck and tail and a small head, a description which has been suggested to be similar in appearance to that of a genus of extinct herbivorous dinosaurs known as Sauropods while others describe it as more closely resembling elephants, rhinoceros, and other known animals. It is usually described as being gray-brown in color. Some traditions, such as those of Boha Village, describe it as a spirit rather than a flesh and blood creature.

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