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Photo Gallery and a short Overview of Kapelo’s Quest (Page 6)
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After solving the mystery surrounding the oracle and exposing the chief as an impostor [Chapter 16], nothing prevents the four companions now to move on. The scenery changes drastically to a hilly countryside, where the companions end up facing a high mountain range (16.1). Dark clouds gather (16.2) – a sure sign that a storm is brewing. With Ayanda’s ability to discover a shelter when needed, they reach a large and horizontal crevice in the mountainside (16.3) just in time before the rain starts to pelt down. After a meal of bananas and nuts, Ayanda detects a rainbow (16.4) as the clouds begin to part. What does the appearance of a rainbow predict? Ayanda also reveals what the people of her clan tended to do, when no rain falls over a long period of time, and which involves a ground hornbill (16.5).
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Yet again, the four companions happen upon a village (17.1), and again, as was also the case during their stay with the king and his people, Ayanda is prevented from sharing accommodations with her three male companions. Masilo, in particular, finds this situation exasperating, and it’s up to Kapelo to explain why certain traditional practices are in place and need to be adhered [Chapter 17]. Whilst they try to find out why Ayanda has disappeared, Kapelo notices that the layout of villages tend to follow a similar pattern all over (17.2). Mashiwane, on the other hand, is fascinated by a lone woman involved in pottery (17.3). He can hardly see her features, because she wears a heavily beaded headdress, of which the strands hang down and cover her face (17.4 – a sangoma and an assistant as they appear in certain regions to this day). When Kapelo and Masilo approach an elevated area set apart from the general village, Kapelo is spellbound by an unusual totem, which features the head of a crocodile (17.5) – and which reminds him of an incidence that happened right at the beginning of his journey of discovery.
After approaching the chief’s private enclosure (18.1) and securing Ayanda’s release, Kapelo reflects on his existence, whilst a baloyi (sorcerer) reveals startling facts [Chapter 18].
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As a result of Kapelo’s quest, the four travel companions reach the summit of what to them is an unfamiliar, sandy hill (19.1), when before them, more water spreads (19.2) than they could have imagined in their wildest dreams. Whilst they battle with the realisation that they might have reached the end of the road, Ayanda detects a foreign object drifting on the water and heading for land (19.3). Kapelo suggests that they leave before they are confront by people, who probably are aliens [Chapter 19].
When they later sit in hiding and watch the sun disappear that day (19.4), Kapelo points out that each morning, before the sun even appears, the sky lights up. Then the sun’s rays are reflected in the clouds before slowly, high mountain tops are illuminated, from where the light creeps down until it reaches the tree-tops (19.5), before the sun is even visible above the horizon. Logically, Kapelo now solves the mystery relating to the sun’s movements.
Kapelo has come full circle (19.6). Before they completely disappear from his existence, Kapelo is greeted in parting by the ethereal Muses in a typically South African way: “Hamba kahle, go well” (19.7) – his quest is far from over. GO HOME!!!