Yesterday, I wrote about an assignment that a schoolteacher gave to her students in Patagonia in 1946. She asked her students to collect folk tales of the area and write them down. The collection of folk tales was published by The University of Arizona Press in 1949. Yesterday’s focus was the haunted Kansas Mine.
Today, the focus is a creepy cave.
Student Raymond Gardner wrote:
There is a cave on the side of the road that goes to the Duquesne Camp. In the past years they claim that a woman comes out of the cave at midnight. If somebody was passing she would not let him pass until he gave her five cents, Mexican money. If one didn’t give her the five cents, she would throw some cotton at him and in the cotton there would be a poison dart.
My dad took a picture of the cave yesterday. He didn’t tell me what he saw in the photo. I won’t tell you what I see in it either. If you would like to increase the zoom on your page, hold down your “CTRL” button on your keyboard and hit the “+” (plus) sign on your keypad until you enlarge your page to your liking. To zoom back down, hit the “-” (minus) symbol on your keypad. Then, read on below the photo.
If you see what I think you see, this is a good example of Matrixing. Matrixing is a term used to describe the mind’s tendency to find familiar shapes in more complex shapes or colors. Most commonly, the shape would be a human face.
I’m not planning on going to the cave at midnight to see if anything emerges from it. The photo was interesting enough to share.
Of course, I do have a couple theories about the tale.
It could have been created by parents to keep their children out of dangerous caves.
The second theory I have about the tale is a little offbeat, but I’ll share what I think anyway. I think that this story could have developed in the mid to late 1800′s, when mining started to boom in the area. Perhaps a “woman of the night” took advantage of the close proximity of the cave to the mines in the area. Any women or children in the area would have been told this tale to keep them away from the cave. It could also explain matters if money was missing from their pay.
Maybe, maybe not, but that is the first thing I thought of when I read this account of the creepy cave.