posted on Apr, 6 2012 @ 03:37 AM
The Black Mountain - The Myth and the Mystery
Kalkajaka, otherwise known as The Black Mountain is a 781 hectare protected area in Queensland, (Australia), 25 km south west of Cooktown. The
foundations of the mountain are unlike any other, with the mountain being created from massive Granite boulders, some reaching the size of houses.
This mountain has been associated with a couple of Aboriginal myths, with the first being:
The Aboriginal belief is that the mountain originated in the dreamtime with a man, being similar to a medicine man and also a chameleon, who had
the taste for human flesh. He killed and ate a young chief and so was banished and fled to the mountains, occasionally surfacing to eat a human or two
from his own tribe. On his last venture out of the mountains he turned into a goanna to escape his angry fellow tribe members and had the misfortune
of being struck by lightening. Being no ordinary goanna he exploded and left large piles of charred rock everywhere.
The second myth behind this mountain is somewhat similar and it is represented as such:
Back in the age when the human race was young, there dwelt among the tribe in the vicinity of the mountain range a terrible medicine man whose
name meant Eater of Flesh. So great was his craving for human flesh and so great was the dread the superstitious tribesmen felt before his powerful
magic known to spirit away even a strong man that they sometimes allowed him to eat an old woman or a diseased tribesman. One day, however, being very
hungry, he overstepped his boundaries and partook of a young chief, whom he found asleep. Caught in the act, the tribe rose up against him, but an
evil spell helped him change into a monstrous snake. Hissing away, he made his home in the very heart of the barren and desolate Black Mountain. Only
hunger could drive him out. Ever since then, people as well as animals have been disappearing there.
The Aboriginal people are terrified of the mountain, and have kept their distance for the last 300 or so years. They claim that the mountain has
always been a place of evil and is cursed. Furthermore, many people who have travelled into the heart of the twisting tunnels below have never
Many unexplained and mysterious disappearances have been attributed to these black mountains. Both humans and cattle have wandered into the
vicinity of the black mountains and disappeared without a trace never to return. The first record of a mysterious disappearance was In 1877. A
carrier, along with his horse, was out searching for some bullocks that had strayed into the boulders. He, his bullocks and his horse were never seen
again. Thirteen years later, Constable Ryan, stationed at Cooktown, tracked a wanted criminal to the scrub at the edge of the mountains. He ventured
into one of the caves and along with the criminal both disappeared.
A Prospector named Renn went in - never came out.
Harry Owens, a local station owner of Oakey Creek rode over towards black Mountain early one morning looking for stray cattle. When he did not return
his partner went looking for him, first informing the local native Police Sergeant. Both men failed to return and the police set out to comb the
mountain in an attempt to find them. Two of the native police entered one of the caves, one of them came out and was so unnerved by his experience
that he could not give a clear account of what had actually happened to him. In 1932 a packer by the name of Harry Page disappeared and was found dead
after a search by a black tracker. Two young men set out to solve the mystery behind the disappearances, they also were never seen again. Black
trackers went in after them but even they succumbed to the great black mountains. All disappeared without a trace. All disappearances were thoroughly
investigated by local police who combed the mountain in search of the missing persons. No bodies or even evidence that they were ever there has ever
been found. The general thought is that they fell into one of the many deep cervices amongst the boulders, or became disorientated and got lost in the
maze of caverns beneath. One man, however, did go in and come out.
As you can see, plenty of people have ventured into the mountain to never return. Perhaps the succumbed to the pitch black tunnels, only to wander
around aimlessly. Perhaps they fell to their death due to the numerous holes which make up the inside of the mountain. Or perhaps, they were taken by
something more sinister, a hungry snake magician which feeds on the unsuspecting.
There you have it ATS, Kalkajaka, the cursed mountain.
(Makes a good read!)