After visiting Wave Rock, I decided to venture to see Mulka Caves. I was encouraged to see this area as it was filled with history and was a pretty. So, instead of turning left to head back towards Perth (a very long trip home), I turned right.
Mulka Caves and the Humps were only 18 km from Wave Rock. However, as it was mostly gravel road, the 18 km was a little longer – time wise.
I must have been the only car on the road which was interesting. I thought that caves like this would attract a larger crowd. However, it was in the middle of the week and the ‘tourist’ season had not started yet.
Upon arrival in the car park, I noticed 3 cars. It was a relief to see some company. With a quick view of the maps I made my way to the cave which were only a few metres from the car park.
The entrance to the cave was low. And while there was a lot of flies on the outside, there were hardly any flies inside the cave.
I was extremely cautious entering into the cave as I know snakes like to hide in dark places. Even thought there was a light coming from a small opening on the other side of the cave, it was still dark and it took a while for my eyes to adjust.
The only thing I found out about the caves was that there were many hand prints left by aboriginal people many years ago. It was a cave where one could see ‘cave paintings’………until I read about the story behind the cave after I had seen it.
According to the myths recorded, Mulka was an illegitimate son born to a mother who had a relationship with a man who she was not allow to marry. As a result of this, Mulka was born with cross eyes. Because he was cross eye he could not throw a spear straight and therefore could not hunt. Out of frustration he would capture and kill kids and eat them. After killing his mother, who scolded him for these actions, Mulka ran away. The tribe hunted him down and after killing him, left his body for the ants to eat.
Personally, had I done my homework, I would not have ventured to see this cave. I was even surprised to learn that school kids visit this site. While there is no evidence to support this story, the mere fact of taking children to this spot is bewildering. Furthermore, with hundreds of hand prints, one only has to imagine after reading a story like this.
I spent a little time in the cave prior to my findings. As I sat in the cave I wondered what tribe lived here, and how come there were so many hand prints on the way. I also questioned if they lived in the cave, as it was obvious that the opening on the other side was a direct flow for water. With such a shallow entrance, meant that one could quite easily be trapped in the cave.
Needless to say, Mulka’s Cave is on the heritage site and is on the tourist list of things to see. Putting the story aside, much like an urban legend, I enjoyed by time in the rugged ‘Outbacks’. If you do visit, leave a comment below of what you thought….and if the story impacted the way you saw the cave! I know it changed my view point! 🙁
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