Next in dreamland i was about to visit The Hole In The Wall. Funny enough I've never heard of this gem right on our doorstep. I woke up before I could see it, but definitely identifying with the legend of the young maiden and the mythical sea people 🧜♀️ The Hole in the Wall is an interesting landmark south of Coffee Bay at the mouth of the Mpako River on the Wild Coast of #SouthAfrica
The cliff consists of dark-blue shales, mudstone and sandstones of the Ecca Group, dating back some 260 million years. These rocks were subsequently intruded by a dolerite sheet. The “hole” was created over millions of years by erosion of the buffeting waves and the flow of the river, which eroded the softer rocks underneath the dolerite to form an arch. The same processes also eventually separated the cliff from the mainland.
It stands before the mouth of the Mpako River and is the source of many #legends
. In the Xhosa language, this area is called esiKhaleni, which means ‘the place of sound’. Some say it’s because, under certain conditions, the waves slap the rocks with a resounding cracking sound, while it roars during storms.
Others say it refers to a Xhosa legend involving a young maiden who fell in love with one of the mythical ‘sea people’. Such was the love of this #sea
person for the maiden that he and his people rammed a hole in the side of a lagoon wall with the help of a huge fish so they could reach her; she was never heard from again. In this version, it’s the voices and singing of the sea people that give the name esiKhaleni.
Also in this location, a Portuguese ship, Santo Alberto ran aground on 24 March 1593 near the Hole-in-the-Wall. Sixty three people lost their lives and some survived and set off on foot towards Mozambique.
#Dreams #mythology #legends #nature #beautifulplaces #holeinthewall