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Google Maps users puzzled by man captured writing mysterious message on beach
October 18, 2021
Curious users on Google Maps were left puzzled by a man writing a mysterious message on a beach which they couldn't seem to solve.
The man was captured using the sand to write a message in a foreign language in Africa – and left one user wondering if he was "mentally ill" due to no one making complete sense of the passage.
The post was uploaded to Reddit with the caption: “Went to Cape Verde and saw this man writing in the sand, anyone know what it says?"
One user, who received 7 upvotes, claimed that the message was written in Cape Verdean Creole, which is a Portuguese-based creole language used on the islands in Cape Verde- but said that they are "not mutually intelligible".
After some further digging found in another post on Reddit last year, several users were able to translate one of the words to "sing" and later linked it to a Cape Verdean singer called Bana – the first word written in the sand.
Adriano Gonçalves was known as the singer Bana and was called the "King of Morna". He died in 2013, which would make this guess plausible.
Another user attempted to translate the passage and said: "It seems to me that the person there has mental health problems."
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They translated the sequence line by line, which read: "Bana I miss you
"Come read! Just
"Did you sang? Only!
"Bongo(?)? Not only!
"Bana and the seas
"Bana! Just come back (?)
"Bana! Tear up…"
This post received 121 upvotes which is likely to be the closest we will get to understanding the bizarre picture.
Another word which was translated on the post was 'Saudade' which translated from Portuguese to English as the word 'missing' – it is meant to be a deep emotional state of nostalgia or a longing for something or someone.
We hope this poor man finds what he is looking for.
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