In some Arab countries there is an old legend about
supernatural creatures called Iltava. Translated from
Arabic it means “those who make you get lost.” Other
his name is “keepers of the lantern.” In former times, it was believed that these
entities knocked travelers out of the night deserts.
Nomads saw in the dark lights like the light from the lantern
or a fire, after which they went to them. Approach the light source
never succeeded, as he constantly kept away from man.
Ultimately, the fire was quenched, and the unfortunate traveler found himself
standing in the middle of the desert. In the worst case, according to tradition,
imprudent wanderers died of thirst, unable to find
Surprisingly, this legend easily adapted to the modern
the world. Nowadays, Arabs often report that they are observing
nights on highways, lying in the middle of the desert, mysterious lights,
similar to headlights of cars and arising literally from “from nowhere”.
Iltava, they say, not only attract random travelers to themselves,
wishing to hitchhike, but also provoke accidents and
just scare motorists.
The following video from last week
demonstrates, presumably, just such a phenomenon. Resident of
Saudi Arabia was driving at half past ten in the evening on the way to
sands and suddenly saw in front a couple of bright lights. Our hero
failed to reach these glowing balls however he successfully
captured them on the camera of the smartphone. The operator has no doubt
in that he met on the road ominous “keepers of the lantern”: in
the fireless wilderness simply could not have any fires or other