We’ve all seen Table Mountain bedecked with white, fluffy clouds.
It’s a beautiful sight which inspires a flurry of photographs on
Instagram and Facebook. But did you know that there is a legend
behind the phenomenon?
It goes a little something like this
There was a Dutch pirate, and his name was Jan van Hunks. He lived
in the early 18th century and decided to retire from his
swashbuckling, peg-legged sea career and made his home on the
slopes of Devil’s Peak.
Now van Hunks liked to walk the mountain paths; this gave him the
opportunity to escape and smoke his pipe, away from his nagging
wife. One day as van Hunks was strolling and smoking, he came
across a man who asked him for a pinch of tobacco.
Like any other smoke break, it led to chatting, which in turn led
to a smoking contest: the person who won would receive a ship
filled with gold.
The contest lasted several days (as they do), and the one-time
pirate defeated the stranger. As it transpires, the stranger turned
out to be the devil. The clouds rolled in; the thunder started
booming, and it’s said that Jan van Hunks disappeared mysteriously,
leaving only a scorched patch on the mountainside.
It is said this cloud of tobacco smoke made by the smokers
enveloped Table Mountain. When the south-east wind blows in summer,
his white cloud table cloth appears, and locals have been known to
remark to each other, van Hunks and the Devil are at it again, it
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