Now I am not Ethiopian, and on the basis of 2 Maccabees I doubt the story about them having the Ark. (I suspect they have an ancient copy of the Ark, which over the centuries has become confused with the original, with no intent to deceive being necessary for the confusion.) However, there is an interesting story on ScienceDaily.com in which genetics has shown that there was a
mysterious migratory event which occurred roughly 3,000 years ago, known as the 'Eurasian backflow', when people from regions of Western Eurasia such as the Near East and Anatolia suddenly flooded back into the Horn of Africa.Both the time and the place are a suggestively good fit to the Ethiopian legend. Even if some of the details were later embellished, it appears the legend is a memory of a real event.