The Demon of Table Mountain

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I thought you would enjoy a little folklore today, so I saved this photo, taken of the top of the aerial cable as it was being engulfed in clouds, because I thought it looked a deliciously creepy. (Those of you on mobile phones may not be able to get a large enough photo for the view of the demon at the top, and zoom destroys the effect.)

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Since I would only be retelling stories that others have already captured, I am just going to give you a quick byte of each and you can choose which ones you want to read:

“Devils and Giants of Table Mountain”: The vanhunks.com site is a neat, African Ghost Hunting Safaris website, and their page about Table Mountain gives a lot of information on the various ghosts and legends of the area. It’s a bit jumpy and disjointed, but then, how else would a ghost communicate its whereabouts to the living?

“Stories of Table Mountain”: Posted by a site called Camps Bay Lifestyle, this page has some nice South African history, Xhosa (click that tongue when you say it!) folklore, finding a magic ring, and that beautiful Table Cloth, which is how they refer to the cloud cover of the mountain.

“The Legends of Table Mountain”: Ridgway Ramblers created this page, which catches your attention with its subtitles such as “Watcher of the South,” “Adamaster,” and “the South Easter cloud.”

I hope you enjoy one or all of these sites, and that they spark your imagination as they did mine!

Love, Marla

5 Comments on “The Demon of Table Mountain

  1. My ADD made focus on “Xhosa (click that tongue when you say it!) ” and it took me to this song:

    I gotta read those stories, tonight, since I’m all alone for the next 2 weeks.

    • Doggy! That’s the one I keep playing for myself here! One of my goals is to memorize an sing it before I leave. Hahaha. I love that that’s what you found!!!

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. The story about Van Hunks and the Devil’s smoking contest has stuck with me ever since first hearing it as a little boy so many years ago, and it’s still the best explanation for the mountain’s cloth in my opinion 😉

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