This week we go spelunking (figuratively, obvs) into
the "Wondergat" or "Wonder Cave" that is home to the South African
Cryptid, the Grootslang. Some sources say The Grootslang (or
Grote Slang, Dutch / Afrikaans for "Big Snake") is a
GIANT cobra (40 feet / 12 meters
long), and some differ and say it has the head of an
elephant and the body of a snake. Either way, it lives in the
Richtersveld in South Africa and hoards gems (especially diamonds).
We talk about the characteristics of the Grootslang, how it may
have come to be (Dutch settlers or the indigenous Nama people, or
a mishmash of both?), when the hell battery powered
flashlights came about, why the Grootslang covets gems,
and most importantly, what alignment it (and we are). We read a
couple of excerpts from 'first-hand' accounts in the early-mid
1900s, and stress the importance of NOT BUYING blood diamonds, and
don't recommend traveling with dynamite.
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