May 5, 2012 (cont’d)
After arriving in Pindaya, and having lunch and a brief rest (while it poured down rain), we headed up to the caves. There is also a legend about the cave, recreated here at the mouth of the cave, which is that three young women would go to the lake to bathe. One time, it got dark, and they were unable to go home, so they found this cave where they could spend the night. They proceeded to talk and gossip all night, and this irritated a large spider who was trying to sleep. So to get back at them the spider blocked their exit from the cave. They yelled for help and a prince heard them yelling. He asked what they would give him in return for saving them and they offered that he could marry one of them. So he shot and killed the spider and yelled Pindaya (I got the spider), and then married the youngest of the young maidens. (here’s hoping I didn’t botch that story too bad).
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