Soucouyan or Spaceship?


So what were those lights in the sky over Gros Islet this past Saturday night? A weekend lime on October 10 took a nail-biting turn when one of the residents of Church Street alerted limers to the spectacle in the sky.ufo 1
It was just about 11p.m. and there were several people patronising two bars and a private party directly in that area. Many of them turned to look up as a line of about eight lights moved slowly in loose formation upward and south west toward Martinique.
Although the town in the southernmost tip of Saint Lucia is the island’s tourist capital, it was mostly a Saint Lucian crowd enjoying the country & western and reggae at that time. So it was no surprise when one person immediately said “Soucouyan”.
A Lucian myth as old, if not older than, the European vampire, the Soucouyan is a bloodthirsty human who because of witchcraft flies around looking for victims to suck dry. As far as I know though, it usually strikes in secluded areas late at night or in the darkness before dawn.
That didn’t stop more than one person to draw the familiar myth as an explanation.
But that could not settle the questions that held many onlookers in thrall of the factitious event. There was no denying it; Unidentified Flying Objects were cruising in the sky above the island.
The curve of lights moved silently upward and several people stopped their partying keep sight of the lights, walking to the end of Church Street near the sea. But the cosmic phenomena disappeared as dramatically as it appeared.
“DID THEY HEAR US AND PUT THE LIGHTS OFF?” Flowing around that questionable comment, were about the nature and origin of the lights that had vanished one by one within minutes of being spotted.
Among the speculation was that the UFOs were not alien but very human. Still looking up at the skies that now only reflected the light of long established stars, observers conjectured that the lights were fireworks from a hotel or private residence in nearby Cap Estate, one of the island most affluent neighbourhoods. Voices grew strident as it was held that the well-ordered lights were possibly flares from a distressed vessel trying to capture attention of the nearby marinas. Some worried voices quietly suggested American weapons tests, while others joked that if it were Taliban/Al Qaeda attacks or nuclear bombs, Lucians would be caught unawares looking at the sky.
St Lucia mapThe debate went on. Did the lights become suddenly invisible because of cloud cover? Was it possible for flares to travel across instead of straight up in the sky? Did fireworks explode without sound or without leaving a trail?
“WE SHOULD CALL DBS.” Finally bereft of any provable answer, someone decided that further exposure may provide ultimate relief. His suggestions however was met by the backs of the bewildered crowd, who dispersed to their weekend activities, happy at least that the mystery had not been revealed in a violent manner.
What was the source of the lights though? I am myself still bemused, even a little in awe, at a sight that I (even after all the Soucouyan stories, the Star Treks, X-Files and Twilight Zones, the millions of conspiracy theories) never thought I would witness.
News at seven?


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