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The voodoo-like symbols are in a variety of places – on stone pillars, walls, doors and road signs – and it is unclear where they were carved.
The markings, which appear to be carved into stone with tools, have been seen in Doha’s Zayed Sports City area, as well as the capital’s coastal highway.
During June, Qatar was rocked by a diplomatic crisis between the country and its Arab neighbors, which later became known as the Arabian Peninsula’s “week of rage.”
The conflict saw several countries – mostly Muslim but also including some Western countries – cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting extremism. Qatar denies the allegations.
As tensions remained high during the crisis, locals have reported seeing residents wearing “voodoo masks.”
Dr. Iqbal Rehman, a world renowned archeologist, met with CNN Arabic to discuss the reasons behind the ancient markings.
“The bottom line is these markings are Egyptian hieroglyphics and they are not some sort of Doha or Qatari voodoo ritual — they are a product of the ancient west Nile Nile Valley and were probably used by the Egyptians as an agricultural, spiritual input.
“These are not voodoo rituals at all — it is very illogical in the face of our knowledge of these things. Nothing of this magnitude is to be expected to come from a modern, Western or Muslim country.”
Pictures of the markings have gone viral, with many saying they depict the Greek goddess of the Nile, Stella Veronika.