Mythical Creatures Series
If a hideous creature near a bit dares you to throw a rock at him, walk away. Or pretty soon you might end up on his dinner menu.
What is it?
Ga-gorbi is a legendary monster, which comes from an belief of the KhoiKhoi – an ethnic group from southern Africa.
The ga-gorib sits on the edge of a pit and tempts those who pass to throw rocks at it. For anyone silly enough to take up the challenge, the thrown rock always rebounds, causing them to fall into the pit. The purpose of this is so the ga-gorib can then eat those who fall into the pit.
It is said that once a hero by the name Heitsi-eibib tricked by beast, by distracting it, then threw the rock, which flew beneath the monster’s ear. The ga-gorib lost its balance and fell into its own pit. Another story states that Heitsi-eibib wrestled with the ga-gorib who threw him into to the pit repeatedly, but could not be kept down. In the end, the aa-gorib is again thrown to his own pit by Heitsi-eibib, who proceeds to seal it up forever.
Gorib is “the spotted one.” This means leopard, cheetah, or leguaan inCentral Khoisan languages. For this reason, it is believed the the ga-gorib has some connection with these animals. The element “ga-” remains unexplained. Some believe it may be the equivalent of ‘not a leopard.’ It is almost troll-like, and quite freaky.
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