Ever since I was a little girl growing up in Kingston Jamaica, my mother always spoke almost in fright about Rio Cobre and the bridge that runs across it called Flat Bridge. Located in Bog Walk, St. Catherine, it is said that the bridge was built by slaves, and according to Wikipedia, “When the bridge was being constructed, the sixteen plantations in the Bog Walk area were obliged to send one enslaved African in every fifty to work on the River Road, sometimes called Sixteen Mile Walk. Gravel, marl, lime, sand and stone had to be dug. Slaves often lost their lives as they performed dangerous tasks in the Gorge. Contracts for timber and for masons to work on the bridge were authorized at vestry meetings.” This bridge has claimed many lives, much to the mystery of the Jamaican people and there are also tales of spirit (duppy) sightings as many people have said that the spirits of the dead slaves usually gather at the bridge, and there are times when they seek the blood of passersby.
But the truth, as the saying goes, is stranger than fiction.
Nobody knows the truth here, but it is apparent to say the least, that there is a phenomena happening at Flat Bridge and this has been for many years. Recently 5 people lost their lives at Flat Bridge while on their way to church. (See Below)
And in Jamaica, if one does not pray or is not “Godly” at all, when crossing Flat Bridge, almost everybody says a prayer, and the belief in God suddenly conjured. When ever I go to Jamaica and have to cross this bridge, there is a certain energy as I approach the bridge itself. Number 1, the whole area feels as if it wants to envelope everything that surrounds it. The greenery and darkness, no matter the suns heat or light, that makes up the atmosphere of that area of Flat Bridge, speaks volumes of a very heavy power/force there. Perhaps because I am a spiritualist/traditionalist, I am able to feel or detect those forces unseen to the physical eyes. I’ve often wondered if it was because of Flat Bridge’s reputation why I felt all that I just described, or was I really in tuned with what was there?
While many people, spiritualists, revivalists, people who claim to be ‘seers’ and others, have said that Flat Bridge is haunted and the tragedies that occurs there are ode to the slaves who lost their lives there, and as this may be so (it is possible to some degree), I, Obara Meji, have a different explanation for this, for which I’m almost very sure that I am correct.
Let me explain things metaphysical to you, here’s hoping that you are able to understand it as I will try to lay it out as simply as I can for you:
Every part of nature, the river, the ocean, the forest, the trees, caves, mountains, hills, valleys, lightning, thunder, breeze, etc. have a particular energetic force, meaning a non-physical being/energies/Angels/Orishas, beings who have not ever had a physical body or lived a physical life within this realm, yet still exist as forces controlling parts of nature in order to create balance throughout our chaotic world. Some forces can be seen as destructive and others can be seen as soothing, but when it comes down to everything, they all coordinate and harmonize, which is what makes up and allows us to live in our natural world.
In Africa, we call these powerful enigmatic energies, Orishas. Orisha (spelled Orisa) is a Yoruba word and it actually can be thought of or compared to Angels in it’s meaning, Angels or angelic beings. The Africans, however, being wise beyond belief, have not held Orishas in the sky alone, but have strategically identified them throughout nature, even naming them in order to “humanise” them for our better understanding as humans. Some being masculine deities, and others being feminine deities. The word deity is used here because for centuries Africans have been appeasing these energies belonging to nature so that from once they are propitiated, then they will not rise against humans existing here on earth. Look at this article clip.
Note that within the article, it was the government who looked about appeasing the deities. In Africa, (mi nuh know bout South Africa cah dem different), Government and Heads of State are aware of spirituality and of tradition, and do their own part in support of the propitiation of all forces that needs to be appeased throughout nature.
Now in terms of Flat Bridge, I believe that there is a Water Spirit or Water Deities belonging to that body of water, the Rio Cobre, that is responsible for taking the lives of so many. Now, “taking the lives” of many sounds so bad and tragic and of course it is to the human way of thinking and understanding, owing much to our emotions and our ties to the earth where we live. But this is not so in nature, or to the understanding of these forces who are responsible for these atrocities. They are seeing the deaths as an exchange, part of their spiritual duty of the River, which is a source itself, that not only stops at Flat Bridge but runs through Jamaica, doing it’s part as a part of nature. It needs propitiation or appeasement, sacrifice, if you will.
Perhaps the slaves who built Flat Bridge realized this after losing some of their counterparts and began, back then, to feed or appease the deity(ies) they knew were there. But after the bridge was completed, this did not continue. Perhaps, this began before then, when the natives who lived on that land before Europeans took slaves there, perhaps these natives used to do Rites and Rituals at that spot or to that particular river, but all of this stopped because of the invasion of the enslavers.
Here, in Africa, there are particular rivers that does the same thing. When this happens, the King of the town rounds up all of his priests to go to the river with an oracle and ask what does the river need so that it will not take the residents of the town. Because the river, if not attended to spiritually, it then takes its own sacrifice, where in which when asked by the competent priests or priestesses as to what it would want and for how many times for the year (usually it is one time for the year), it would take a Cow, or a goat, or a ram (sheep), all of these being four-legged animals, which would therefore take the place of human beings.
(Sidenote: Let me share this with you. Bodies of water do not accept blood in it. This could be tragic if sacrifice is done and blood is poured into the water as was so with the Revival woman and her sacrifice of a goat at Roaring River, to this day she is still feeling the wrath of what she did. I will do a post on this one day).
There are times also when the river doesn’t take any kind of animal. It may just want simple things, like drumming, singing, or high energy ritualistic performances by dancers and spiritualists in the celebration of it as the river that runs through the town.
Also, what happened recently at the Flat Bridge River, note that these were all Church people (Zion Revival to be exact) that died, one being a Bishop, pastor of his own church, along with two of his children and more. The forces at the river, of course recognizing that these were spiritual people who lived close to the area, perhaps were ones who should have known that the river itself needs appeasement. And I say this because as a spiritualist, if I am crossing a river like Flat Bridge knowing it’s history, I would have before spiritually tended to it on my own or at some point while I am in Jamaica, have gone to a different river and give an appeasement.
This might have been expected of those Zion people, especially the Bishop, who was a known spiritualist. I cannot for sure say that the river specifies who it will or will not take, but I can definitely tell you that when people die in groups, it is sure that they all hold the same spiritual key, and what this means is it was pre-planned for them all to go together in the same way.
The Orisha or Water Deity who I believe is the watcher of the Rio Cobre is a masculine energy, not a feminine one. Although feminine deities may also be among the group. I say this because of what I feel when I am crossing that bridge or in the area itself. It is not cruel and not killing people just for fun, it is making a statement as to be remembered, which Jamaicans have yet to answer.
If that bridge were not across the Rio Cobre river, although I am sure there may be other ways of getting to a destination without crossing it, but it cannot be denied that the bridge itself serves a purpose. Therefore, you are working the bridge itself, which was built on the blood, sweat, and tears, of enslaved people (who are still possibly crying there, but are not the ones to be doing this), also the river that runs beneath it is witness to all that has occurred there, and yet still there is no remembrance – no thanks, nothing, to the deities, spirits, or beings that are always on duty there.
Now as many people have drawn their own conclusions that it is the dead slaves or spirits that are killing people from the bridge, as a Metaphysician, and one who knows about Spirits (the dead), I know that they do not have the ability to do this. Let me explain. Many people have said that while driving on the bridge they would see persons either crossing the bridge at nights or standing in view of headlights of the person driving, that distraction would now lend to the vehicle plunging into the deep cold water. How spirit operates is that if they are there, in other words if they reside at the river side or on the bridge itself, they can and will know when the force of the river itself will strike and so some may make themselves appear to motorists who are coming, either as a warning or even as a jeer as to the intention of the deity who is about to take the life of someone that day. And so, for all who has eyes to see, they may witness an apparition, but spirits, people who has once had a physical body and has died, do not have the power to do these kinds of tragedies on their own, without a stronger force behind them.
These spirits are called earthbound or wayward spirits. From once they can appear as an apparition for persons to see, then they are still bound to the earth and have not gone on to their new life within time and space. They have no support from the hierarchies within the realms of spirits that could fortify them with strength and power to be able to do a quarter of what the natural forces of nature can do. They, however, can be a distraction to persons who may be frightened upon seeing them, that harm will come to that person.
But this is all they will be. A distraction. An apparition. A spirit that allows itself to be seen.
Things like these are done all over world, in every culture, in every country. There are tragedies that occurs that have no explanation behind it, at least to those who do not know or understand. When there is something that cannot be explained we should learn to look at it from the spiritual point of view. Everything has it’s reason for being and the deities at Flat Bridge, Rio Cobre, have been calling out to Jamaica and the Jamaican government for attention for a very long time. Unfortunately this will continue to happen until the correct and continuous (yearly) propitiation is done and accepted. Only then will lives stop being taken, there at the infamous Flat Bridge.
My people if you find yourself about to cross the river, immediately begin to pay homage to it in a prayer to the river, it’s deities, and the non-physical presence there. In doing so, you may be able to escape its wrath.
Ilẹ̀kùn tí ò bá ní alùgbàgbà, kó yára dẹ́kun àpárá dí dá /
A door that has no frame ought to cease all pranks……Yoruba Proverb!
[Operate within your means]
All religions are valid as long as it teaches peace and love…..Obara Meji!
PS: If this river is to be appeased, it has be appeased by a competent spiritualist/priest/priestess (nuh guess an’ spell business as how dem love fi do it inna Jamaica!). An oracle needs to be used, even if the oracle is the human being itself, to ask questions of the Rio Cobre and it’s deity as to what will appease it and for how many times of the year should this be done (most likely it will be once or twice), this must be kept up for as long as the river is there. And what this means is whomever will do this must pass this knowledge along, in other words there must be a Keeper of the Bridge, one who has the knowledge of the sacrifices to be done. He must always have someone he trains to do this job should he pass away. This is very important, or else I assure you that tragedies like this will forever continue at that bridge…….no amount ah “Holy Ghost Fire” Or “Alabasiyah Alabashonda” the universal spiritual tongues, when oonuh ketch spirit and waan chat language, can solve the problem, not eve de good ole white rum, J. Wray an him faithful nephew dem.
Wow.Here in Mombasa it said mermaids eat people.They call you to the ocean and make you disappear
Obara blessings again a strong feminine energy is there, I felt the same thing you did ever time i think about it I remember how I felt. I know a MP that works with this God.
I felt it too, it made me scared but I have learnt that a queen lives in the water. I felt it too obara nah lie it did have mi head a way cah mi couldn’t explain what I was feeling. Me like a clown a ask di driver if him feel dat looooooooooooool hear him feel wah dwl fi getting is a sleeping bat mi a chat to looooooooool. The energy is enchanting i must say.
Straight up I always had an uneasy feeling about that bridge.
Something about there usually puts me in alert mode. Plus I find it strange that after all these years the govt. has never tried to widen it and made it safer. Then again, maybe they did and it never worked out.
I’ve read in the newspaper back in the day of ppl saying when they driving across their steering wheels would suddenly go in a lock.
Lol at this part “Alabasiyah Alabashonda” the universal spiritual tongues, when oonuh ketch spirit and waan chat language’.
Obara you have me rolling even while in public lol.
But on a serious note I hope someone (or some people) is willing to be the gatekeeper for this bridge/ the Rio Cobre. I know everyone who passes through can feel the mass tension of each other on that route at any given time.
so true VisionsNDreams
Teach look at this post:
Cami, yu haffi sen mi a bill cause yu save mi nuff dacta fee. Mi sey a buss aneeda one a mi vulga laugh. Mi read back an si yu say a nuff love and kiss fi mi. Mi read it bout hundrid time cause every time mi read it a more love mi get… Lincoln ax pawden (Nunu term), mi teef dat from 2014, God bless yu any wey yu dey Nunu. Greeting Lincoln and Sea Queen. Toy & Cami, mi lang time classmates. Cami mi duss-duss read one comment wey yu talk bout how dem tidy yu a… Read more »
I hope it will link. Teach, mi all fine a post fi track back to the comment earlier wey mi sey yu nuh fraid a nuh gal nuh bwoy…Hahahahahah!
But wait Toy, mi nuh unda stand yu…A chu mi nuh dey bout wid di re-dis-ta mek yu juss waltz inna class any hours a di day? Hahahahahah! How yu duh sweetie? How dem chilvren? Mi glad fi si yu. Glad sey yu neva walk bout like mi. Love and light to you sweetie. Big pig kill, an nuff food sey bout. Lets all eat an be merry.
Teach your post ‘Elvis and the River Mumma’, ties nicely with this post.
Yuhaloneppyuh de prefect M, link it inna de comment box
I had to check the date 3x MTH omg I am so excited to see you. Hugs and more hugs. Hi Obara. MTH OMG!
Toy where have you been?
Teach wey yu a sey Mass Ron wasnt Jamaican.
No sah, from mi ah pickney mi hear sey him was panamanian
Hello OM…. Please I need a clear understanding on the appeasement of water deities as to the items needed to do such. I really need to talk to u privately, because I’ve got some questions to ask. Please, if u can spare me ur time to hit me on WhatsApp 08025392139. I’ll be glad to hear from u as it’s a case of urgency.
Holland Bamboo mi feel si a talk but as mi sey, I know of a little district in Glengoffee St. Catherine called Bamboo Walk, mi know a caan dey suh KTB a talk bout.
KB ah more Jamaican dan Miss Lou and Mss Ron, aldoe Mass Ron was Panamanian, lolol…MTH yuh tink she easy
Mawning KTB. Tan, yu tun woman pan mi, yu drop Bubblez, clean, clean and tun topanaris. Jamaica is such a spiritual place, some people deny it and some people have gotten so big for their own self, they pretend that they dont know. Dem lucky, believe kill and believe cure yah man.
MTH!!!!!! 😀 😀 @topanaris! Welcome home hunny bunny! Missed you eesi Yes it is very spiritual. Nuff people need to realize that and come back home to spirituality O ma se!
O looool yous a real mad ooman 😀 😀 i believe Jamdung to be a very spiritual place for true true. You know Bamboo walk? where the bamboo shot grow over the road touch and give shade. It is something there as well…i feel very light there.
Nuh Saint Elizabeth Bamboo walk deh or ah holland Bamboo dat?
A new post is up, someone contributed an interesting post
Cami & Seaqueen morning and thanks for the welcome. Mi sey it good fi come back a mi yawd, wuss mi name dey pan di will. I know its not my mind, but since I came back, the energy around me is much more positive. I am really at home.
Yuh damn right yuh hme, ah who did ah try fi teef, yuh, who, who!!! Who to baxide!!
Hi Obara and Lincoln i know the feeling you are explaining i has happened to me before. It’s hard to explain the feeling O but i would say kind of like dark rumble inside of me. a different vibration than before and after passing the bridge. I don’t get scared but when you say is a male deity, I can see that.
KB, him probably ah prips yuh out and ah sey “fat”, lol
very interesting indeed- Growing up and driving to the country with my dad I would always have a strange feeling approaching that area from the east (Kingston) but when past flat bridge it almost felt like a different place (country)- If I was asleep in the car I always knew when I passed flat bridge area as the energy before and after the area is so different–
Maybe its just me no idea
me too Lincoln
so funny the area right before flat bridge is called ANGELS
Interesting observation Lincoln. If memory serves me correct when traveling towards Flat Bridge from Kingston it was usually after you cross the bridge that the radio would lose signal for some time.
If I didn’t know better I would swear O lose a screw somewhere dwl….come mek WI get a search party to find it. Welcome back MTH you were greatly missed. Big ups to Cam, KB, and prosperity. I got an eye full of story boyfriends and newborn lawd god lol. If ah so, congrats are in order. O, it look like u obeah wi fi true! Good to see most of the family still kickin!
Ah yah suh name “real mad house”
Hey SQ! Respect. Long term, but anytime is always good *smiling*
Cami yuh wake putus?
lolol…wake a de out in the “field”. Thank goodness it have roof and AC now a days 🙂 🙂
Good morning mi family! Before I even read the comments I have to say me and flat bridge never gree from mi ah pitney lol. Traveling from the north coast to Kingston on that road has always brought about weird feelings for me. It is so bad that in all my years of travelling to jamaica I never really witnessed the beauty of fern gully until I reached up in my 20s because due to fear of that road and flat bridge I would purposely fall asleep (going and coming lol). No sah, mi neva Inna nuttin wid flat bridge… Read more »
QUEENINE, I never felt fear, only awe at the magnitude of the intense feeling of the force that surrounds the area.
Mawnin mums!! You know mi fraidy fraidy sometimes lol. What was scary to me when I was young I have come to embrace as natural beauty. I can appreciate the place now that I have opened my eyes (literally) lol
Yes Cami she come home, a Piggy did affi missen an sitten, mi grin when she come home, happy suh till all mi teeth dem ah glisten. Yes ah de prefect dis, she was surely missed, but she deh home now, so mek mi put back har name pon de will list.
KB yu know mi mix mi a tuups a vulganiss, mi sey a buss out di dutty gal laugh yu si. Hahahahah!!!! Blessings pan Teach fi save di pig fi mi, a true yu dayeven know wey dey gwan.
Prefect! A pure kiss off face you a go get…not s word….CHUPS!
Obara mi did shock isi mi know yu neva did ago trouble piggy til yu prodigal dawta rope een looool welcome home MTH celebration just a stawt! food a eat, rum a drink, chune a play, pawty a shat!
Yazzy! Me 1,week late fi see the pinch :). Tomorrow me read. BUT this was one heck of a post about the bridge only to come and find Prefect present. What a great glorious post.
Prosperity, hello. Hope you had a good day today. Blessing to you and yours.
Hahahhaahhah. Mines inna di pirate dish, nuh badda chuvel hit.
Howdy KTB, is me same one…How yu duh?
KB we fambily come home, we kill and cook de fattest Pig, we use to call har Piggy. She was a good pig, well behaved and use to all bathe, she did good looking ei si, but we kill har to celebrate MTH’s return. KB guh roun ah kitchen guh share out fi yuh own, memba wash
yuh han. Left some fi Nunu, Cami and we rest ooo!
Me want crispy pig ears, lol. Boy MTH Nuff kisses!! Obara this was great because no one, I doubt, ever wrote about the phenomenon in this depth before.
Sleep a get me but I’ll be back.
Excellent post Obara excellent! I love it! who can’t hear must feel….
wait deh MTH is really you or impostor? Helllo all genkle people
So Kia, you almost fooled me into thinking it was Toy. TOY! Where are you little one? 😉
Mi dey pan di juggling, but mi a guh pop in more. Duh nuh tell mi sey Nunu fine boyfriend. LOL. What a prekek. Mi woulda love fi si har inna har spikes. LOL. Ty & YW soon come right home. Dem gane mek baby. Yazzy, Yazzy, Yazzy ring bawn drama dat. Cami soon come. Everytime people get mi up-stir mi memba di joke Cami gi wi sey just get some fedda a blood an dash it an si ef dem nuh run. Mi soon bless up Prosperity, but lawks, mi job have mi a way. Mi nuh like office… Read more »
Bless up MTH nice to meet you indeed. Don’t follow Obara, from my deduction I’m the only sane one on here.
@Prosperity I will, and I do not know if it still illegal, but on these matters, I am almost sure that there is non there competent for this task, dem know DUTTIE Obeah, but cho yaw ma… MTH, TY AND YW MISSONG, BUT I LOVE AND MISS DEM JUST de SAME,SUCH A LOVELY FAMILY, MR. NILE TUN PEEPER AND SOMETIMER, BUT HIS HEART IS IN A GOOD PLACE. I FEEL SA-FO, BUT SHE HARDLY SHOW UP, NUNU CAN WEAR SPIKE HEEL NUNG, TUN BIG OOMAN PON WE,BUT HIM NAW BACK ANSA MI, SHE HAB IP DHI RESPECK, MI LUB HAR… Read more »
Mi ok, God has kept me walking in high heels so mi good. AMH had a beautiful baby girl, she comments once in awhile.
A which dance a run di cut now? Suh how yu duh Teach, how di ress of mi siblings? Nunu mussa tun big woman pan wi now he…Cami mi coolie cousin, Yazzy still crazy? KB mussa still stoosh. Ty and YW dem, oh my days. Mr. Nile, AMH, mi memba everyone. Toy, Sa-fo everyone. Love and light. Mi si new bloggers, respect.
No, nuh badda disturv de nice an decent ppl dem ova deh, ah we sey selecta, a we sey choone, Matterhorn dem and rodigandem cyaan chat to we roun here!
Teach yu haffi gwan likkle betta bout di place…Wi bawn fram wah? Hahahahah. Nuh mek mi haffi buss out di mawkit woman laff an disturv di ppl dem. Yu know a long time mi nuh draw fi dah laugh dey…OMGeeeee! Mi juss a picta wiself inna mi new booty an suh. Real hat gal ting…If a laugh, a piss up mi new La Senza panty wi buy pan special lass week a di mall.
Oh God Teach, I remember those days. I remember the fun, the music….
MTH, MI LOVE YUH LIKE WE BAWN FROM MI MADDA GOOD UP WOMB, INNA WE BOOTY , SOCKS,SCEPTER AN CROWN, CAWS WE NUH NOWMAL, HOT GAL FROM BIRTH…RAEEEEE!, lol……HOW COULD I NOT EMBRACE YOU, MI MEMBA TIMES WHEN AH MI AN YUH ALONE DEH YAH AH COMMENT, GALLANG GUH LI DUNG INNA YUH ROOM MI BABY, NUTTEN NUH CHANGE,MI LOVE YUH CYAAN DONE.
Teach, you know dat greeting dey mek mi bwal…Your love and hexcitement…You is good, you is kind, you is lovely. You know as wi would sey inna Jamaica, what is fi yu, can neva bi un-fi yu. Nuh matta wey in the worl mi guh, mi wudda haffi cum right back a mi yawd. Here I am, like the prodigal son. Yow, mi neva too-too know bout dat story, but Obara Meji, you personified it. The welcome, mi feel like mi win big (diss more dan money, cause people who normally win di lotto get fuu-fool more time and lose… Read more »
@Prosperity, mermaids are real, but are not found at every River, lakes and lagoons, and even in ocean they will be there. Spirits cannot take their form, not even ina dream. Dolphins are associated to mermaids and no, they are no evil as we perceive evil to be. Yet, if they are disrespected in someway, by humans, their wrath can and will be shown, I will do a post on them, explaining them and their functions.
Yes please Obara a post on mermaids would be an interesting read.
Is Obeah still illegal in Jamaica and do you think there are any competent practitioners? Cause how dem nuh know bout appeasing the River Deities? Or maybe they know, but if they approach officials they will be chastised unlike the practitioners in Africa.
Good day Obara and ES family. I had a question but I continued to read it was answered, but somewhat. You know when you said spirits showing themselves to people by the river. I have often heard that the river has mermaids, who are supposedly evil and want to drown people.
My question is can spirits take the form of what is known to us as mermaids, you know half woman and half fish and if mermaids do exist can they be either benevolent or malevolent, they are evil.
MTHHHHH, SASS CRISSE, YHCOME HOME!!!!! Quick sumaddy guh kill de fattest pig, feast haffi appen, we pickney come home!!!!!!!
Morning Teach, its been a while. Regular bloggers, new bloggers, sometimers, peepers and everyone in between, hope all is well. I have crossed flat bridge several times and I get nervous every time I crossed it. Firstly they were saying it was bad driving that allowed for accidents as no one wanted to slow down. Then they put stoplights in place. Now, I have that the Bishop was just the week before put on youtube in a video beating his young lover because he (the young lover) had love bites. When I saw the video mi nearly pee pee up… Read more »